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?!"

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?

Are the materials expensive? 

Do I need any previous experience creating art? 

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

I've been an artist since I was a small child, using the chalk from a broken wall to draw on the slate sidewalk in front of my home...

and I've been teaching since I was a teenager, tasked with doing arts and crafts for summer kids camp. 

I've had a long career filled with lots of artsy stuff, from illustrating an international children's magazine to paintings hanging 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!

When my students ask me what my favorite medium is, I say "The one I'm working with in that moment" because I enjoy so many of them. I love to draw, paint, and create, and I love to share what I know, too. There are many ways to make art...let's have some fun with them!


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.