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Here are two examples of my repousse pictures. Each of these is 8.5x11.
Here are some projects made by my students.
When I was teaching art in the public schools, one of my favorite projects to do with the kids was Repousse. The definition of repousse is to hammer or press metal into a relief, or raised picture, from the reverse side. Originally, we used copper, but when the price of copper skyrocketed, I found that aluminum worked just as well.
I would order rolls of 12” wide aluminum that was thicker and more durable than aluminum foil, but that could still be tooled. I would cut these into sections so that each student had one.
There were three things needed. First, a soft surface like a piece of carpet, leather, or some sheets of felt sewn together; a tooling stick (a 6” length of dowel, about a fourth inch diameter, with one end sanded into a wedge and the other end a blunt point; and a ballpoint pen for pressing in details.
It occurred to me that this could be as valid a medium for artwork as paint or drawing media, so I made several pieces using this technique.
On my YouTube channel, I have a video about how to execute this technique, so I won’t explain it here. But here is the link to the video in case you’re curious or are thinking of trying it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UkKQhjeAP4
One difference between my repousse pieces and my drawings and paintings is that these aren’t easily reproduced. Part of their appeal is the surface textures, and a photo of one of these just doesn’t cut it, in my opinion. Consequentially, there is only the original. No fine art prints to be sold.
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