Writing on foil

David Sudweeks's picture

I started doing this a while back. Wulf Barsch showed up to a class and noticed a case of Staedtler Lumograph pencils. "Did you know that these were created for the purpose of drawing on foil?" No I didn't know that. It was worth a try. It was only after writing in foil though that I began to take seriously the idea of making type from my handwriting—an idea I had kept for a long time. There comes with writing on foil a remarkable feeling of the medium pushing back; have you ever noticed that?

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Quincunx's picture

It looks pretty cool, actually.
What do you intend to do with it afterwards? Or is it just meant as is?

Dan Gayle's picture

That is really cool. Why the heck would anyone need to do that though?

Miss Tiffany's picture

This would be a great way to mock-up some high end packaging or to decorate a package or make custom tags for gifts.

David Sudweeks's picture

It's a different medium, that's all. What I like best about it is the foil's reaction to a soft pencil. It's slick, so it's similar to writing or drawing on photo paper with a wet permanent marker; but because it gives just a little, it lends some control to the curves. That helps a lot—both to achieve the look you want first—and later if you're doing something like overlaying bezier curves.

Dan Gayle's picture

But you're creating a negative impression when you write. How are you getting a positive like on the top example of your cursive?

Quincunx's picture

He probably flipped the image?

David Sudweeks's picture

Precisely.

girlwithglasses's picture

are we talking "regular ol aluminum foil?... or is this a specialty type foil one would purchase at an art store.

curious...

David Sudweeks's picture

Grocery store.

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