Embossing is a technique that involves stamping/ punching a material for a 3D imprint. Typically the two materials used for embossing are paper and metal. In India, it was a very common technique for decorating royal doors and walls of palaces. You might also see some embossed images of Hindu Gods on the wedding invitations for that royal feel too. Traditionally the embossed metal is left in its natural state, but in Hojalata the embossed surface is painted in colourful hues. Today, in this post I am sharing an Emboss painting inspired by Hojalata, a Mexican tin art technique.
What Is Hojalata?
Let me give you a brief historical background of this art form and its origin in Mexico. Hojalata is a Mexican folk art form made with tin. Traditionally the tin sheet is stamped, punched, painted, cut or pierced into decorative works of art. This art form is their folk art form due to its cheap availability of tin.
One of the primary things that make this emboss painting Hojalata Mexican Tin Art stand out loud is the from other embossed metal art is its use of vibrant colours.
Traditionally Hojalata Mexican tin art is used in their pieces of jewellery and showpieces too.
Emboss Painting Project for Kids: Hojalata Tin Art
If you are looking for some creative summer playtime activity with kids. or planing a decor painting for the kid’s room, do try this folk art form from Mexico. Hojalata or Tin Art form has a wonderful mix of colours and textures. A typical hojalata painting is made by stamping and punching a tin sheet. Today I am sharing an easy kids version of this beautiful art form using less sharp and more easily accessible materials. Like we cant cut tin sheet ourselves but we have those shiny aluminium foils in the kitchen and to make it kid-friendly and less messy use some sketch pens to add colours.
- Aluminium foil roll or Disposable aluminium food containers
- Cardboard for base
- Nails/ pointed object to emboss the print
- pen or pencil to draw the design
- Sketch pens/marker pens
- Mask tape
Instructions for kid-friendly
emboss painting Hojalata Mexican Tin Art
Transform a simple aluminium foil into tin art, or hojalata. A well known and beloved Mexican folk art form using these simple steps.
- Cut out a rectangle from a clean aluminium foil. Round the edges using scissors to prevent any sharp corners.
- Take a paper (half-inch less than the foil) and draw a design.
- Layer that paper over the aluminium foil. Using masking tape secure the edges of the rectangle to the foil. to keep it in place).
- With a pen or pencil, trace the design over paper pressing hard to emboss it on the foil underneath.
- Remove the masking tape and flip the foil over.
- Colour the indented spaces with bright sketch pens or permanent marker pens.
PRO TIP- To display your art, place cardboard below the painting. and punch a hole at the top to add a string. You may alternatively frame the finished design too.
Well wasn’t that easy?
Do let me know your thoughts on this emboss painting Hojalata Mexican Tin Art. I am sure this form of embossed metal art with its use of vibrant colours will have your heart too. Follow #TnM_Activites for many such ideas on Instagram @tuggu.n.mommy and Facebook @tuggunmommy
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