Easy Metal Tooling

Easy Metal Tooling


Beautiful embossed metal art is such an elegant and unique medium! "Repousse" metalwork has been done for centuries – it's an art of enduring beauty. 

For this work we use a soft tooling metal which makes it easy to form patterns and images. The process is fun for all skill levels, and the finished work of art is a "Wow, you did that?!"

​The class is taught in a series of short videos accompanied by text. There are photo examples as well.

In this online workshop, you'll...

  • discover your hidden creativity as you easily design a beautiful work of art with simple tools and materials
  • Enjoy the relaxing process of pressing and adding pattern to the metal, and delight in the surprising results.
  • Find joy in creating a piece you can be proud of!

"Thank you so much for sharing this class with me. It has been so long since I attempted anything in the art realm.

Thank you for opening the door softly so I could step in without fear (or at least not too much)!

Joy H.

Here's what others created using this easy-to-learn technique:

Tooling metal comes in many colors of aluminum, where the color is added to the top layer. I prefer to use either real copper, or uncolored aluminum which can be colored after the metal has been tooled.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Is this difficult to learn and do? The process itself isn't difficult, it's fun and easy to get amazing results! The time it takes to do a piece depends on the size of your work and the amount of detail that you want to add to it.

Are the materials expensive? All of the materials are inexpensive and easy to buy at a craft store, art supply store, or online, and I provide buying suggestions and links to materials so that you'll know exactly what you need.

Do I need any previous experience creating art? This is perfect for you if you're just starting out, but even a seasoned artist will enjoy this process.

What You'll Find Inside This Course:

  • Seven short video lessons that very simply demonstrate and explain the materials - and why I love them! Total watch time is about 30 minutes.
  • Examples of finished works
  • Suggested projects
  • Supply list with links

Hi, I'm Elaine - and I'm thrilled that you're here!

You want to make some art, and I'd love to make that easy for you.

I've had a long career in art-related fields, teaching art to all ages, illustrating an international children's magazine, and painting works that hang in public and private spaces across the US.

These days I'm happy to guide others into being their already creative selves. I work to bring art curriculum to active senior centers, teach art in my community, and run art programs for kids. Bringing some instruction online helps me to reach YOU - it's my prayer that you can find a means of expressing yourself that makes your heart sing!


You'll be purchasing this online workshop entirely risk free. If, after giving this course a serious try, you feel like you have not enjoyed the workshop at all, send us a message within 10 days after your purchase, with a picture of what you have created and a brief description of where you got stuck, and we'll gladly refund you your workshop fee.