Half-Ball Wall Art
Texture dimension and cool blue color combine to create a high-art sculpture perfect for that bare wall you haven't yet filled. Easy technique and affordable too!
Completion time – 2-4 hours
Designer – Kathleen George
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Balls: three 3"; four 2-1/2"; seven 2"; two 1"
- Sheet, 36" x 12" x 1
- Acrylic craft paint: colonial blue
- Pre-mixed ceramic stucco texture gel, 4 oz. jar; o
- lightweight spackling
- Fine-gauge craft wire
- Serrated knife
- Candle stub or paraffin
- Wooden skewers
- Medium flat paintbrush
- Putty knife, 1"
- Disposable palette
- Disposable bowl
- Thin rubber spatula
- Measuring cup and spoons
- Water basin
- Paper towels
- Wire cutters
- Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Thick, white craft glue
- 1. Empty entire jar of texture gel into bowl, or measure out
C. lightweight spackling; add paint a bit at a time until
pleased with color. Cover bowl with damp paper towel.
- 2. Using putty knife, spread thin, even coat of texture gel
onto edges of foam sheet. Cover top of sheet in same way. Let
- 3. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut all
foam balls in half; set aside one 2-1/2" half-ball for future
use. Gently roll half-ball edges on work surface to smooth.
- 4. Insert skewers into flat sides of half-balls. Holding
skewer, use flat brush to spread thin, even coat of texture
gel onto rounded side of each half-ball. Place skewers in
glass or jar to dry.
- 5. Refer to photo to glue half-balls to foam sheet.
- 6. Use flat brush to spread thin, even coat of texture gel
around base of each half-ball where it meets foam sheet;
smooth joints well. Note: Dip tip of brush into clean water
occasionally to keep wet texture gel from clumping on dry
surface. Let dry completely.
- 7. Cut two 3" lengths from wire; twist ends together to form
hanging loops. Glue wire ends into top back edge of foam sheet.