Jaime and I were on vacation in Sonoma, Napa, and San Francisco last week. We are back home now, but I picked up a lot of good ideas for cooking and crafting during our vacation and I am looking forward to sharing some of them with you. I’ll also be sharing some of the highlights from our time in California once I have had a chance to sort through my photos and get readjusted to East Coast time.
In the meantime, I wanted to share this simple craft that I did on our vacation.
Yes, I managed to unexpectedly get a bit of crafting in on our vacation. Here’s how the serendipitous crafting happened:
On our last full day in San Francisco, Jaime and I decided to go to the Asian Art Museum. On our walk to the museum we passed a Blick store and decided to pop in for a few minutes to see if they had any sheet metal I could use for embossing as I had been searching for sheet metal for embossing since my mom gave me a small embossing kit she bought at a festival a couple of months ago. The store had the sheet metal I was looking for and I bought two rolls before Jaime and I continued on our way to the museum.
When Jaime and I got to the Asian Art Museum, we purchased tickets and entered the first exhibit, Phantoms of Asia. One of the very first things I saw was an activity table for kids–and the young at heart–where the museum had . . . wait for it . . . metal embossing! I seriously could not believe my eyes as I had purchased sheet metal for the very same craft less than 30 minutes earlier. I was so excited! I pulled up a chair and started crafting. To be honest, I didn’t even think to take pictures for this blog. Luckily, after noticing that I had temporarily abandoned the audio tour, Jaime had the presence of mind to snap some photos.
First, I drew a quick sketch inspired by our earlier visit to Golden Gate Park on a piece of white copy paper.
Second, I cut a piece of metal slightly bigger than my picture, being careful not to touch the sharp edges of the metal.
Third, I placed the metal on a section of folded newspaper, placed my drawing on top of the metal, and firmly traced over my drawing with a pointed stick.
Finally, I *tried* to glue my embossing to a sheet of colored paper using a glue stick, but it didn’t stick well. No worries though. I plan to put this into a frame with the glass removed and hang it in our guest bedroom as a memento from our trip.
I still have a couple of ideas for the sheet metal I purchased in San Francisco that I plan to share in due time.
To make the embossed metal drawing I used the following:
- Metal sheet (like an .005 thick 36 gauge aluminum sheet)
- Scissors (to cut the sheet)
- Glue stick (not shown)
- Pointed stick
- Newspaper (as a pad)
I was not paid or perked for this post. I just wanted to share a project that I came across and enjoyed during my vacation.