Mexican Folk Art Frame

smoothfoam mexican folk art frame

I have an overwhelming love for Mexican folk art. I believe it began with with my dad, (top left in my photo) who’s mother was from New Mexico. Then while my mom was pregnant with me, she had intense cravings for Mexican food – and I love Mexican food!

My dad loved to take us to Mexico to visit colorful exhibits and experience the culture first-hand. Since then, I can’t seem to get enough of the art and history of Mexico.

The tin folk art has always attracted me most, with it’s embossed designs and vibrant colors. But working with tin is not easy or something that can made quickly. So here I have created an alternative using Smoothfoam. Enjoy!

Materials needed:

Two 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mounts
Heavy duty aluminum foil (from your kitchen)
Aluminum tape (from the hardware store)
Ruler, craft knife
Tacky glue
Bright permanent markers (dual-point are best)
Favorite photo

Cover one Smoothfoam sheet with foil, adding glue just to the sides and back. Set aside.

Center and trace your photo in the center of the 2nd Smoothfoam sheet. Cut the traced rectangle out of the Smoothfoam and gently remove it. Spread glue on the inside and outside edges of the open space, plus on the back of the sheet and cover with foil, same as the first sheet. Cut and fold the foil around the edges of the cut-out as shown. Use glue to hold them in place. Enforce frame cut out with the aluminum tape at the inside edges.Processed with MOLDIV

Place the sheet with the open space on top of the other sheet and gently trace the opening with a marker. Glue photo in place onto bottom sheet. Adhere the two sheets together with squares of aluminum tape at the corners.

Now for the fun part!

Gently draw your designs on the foil with the markers. Use the writing tips for details and the chisel tips to fill in color. Since the foil is thin, refrain from pushing too hard or the foil may tear. Gently push the ruler into the foil, rocking side to side to create the effect of tiles. Use a silver or grey marker for a pale tone-on-tone effect. You can find pattern inspiration by looking online or visiting your local library.

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