Wavey Foil Painting

You will need:

  • Masking tape
  • Poster paints in blues and whites
  • Paint pallets and / or pots
  • A range of paint brushes
  • Foil

To begin:

  • Lay out a roll of foil on the table, fastening it in place with a little sticky tape at the corners.
  • Decide if you want to use paint brushes or your hands to paint – brushes are much tidier!
  • Set out a palette with a range of watery colours then begin painting. Try to experiment swooshing paint around on the surface.
  • It can be nice to play watery inspired music as you are painting to set the mood!
  • Explore the different ways that the foil can be used as a canvas.
  • The foil is very smooth, so the paint glides, and sits on the surface rather than being absorbed like with a paper.
  • The shiny surface adds an extra sensory element, and it makes a noise as you paint on it too.
  • Work to fill the foil with waves and watery shapes:


  • Look at the the painting that you have created and talk about it.
  • What is the effect that you have created?
  • Which bit of the painting do you like best and why?
  • What is the mood of the water that you have painted?
  • Would you like to swim in that sea?
  • Is the water near a beach or further out to sea?
  • Are there any sea animals below the surface?
  • Would you like to be on a boat on that water?
  • How did it make you feel to create the painting?
  • Any other questions that you would like to ask…