Folk Art Angel
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The gentle colors and texture of this shabby-yet-chic crackle finish are always appealing and surprisingly easy to recreate at home.
Completion time – 2-4 hours
Designer – Kathleen George
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Sheets, one each size: 18" x 12" x 1", 18" x 12" x
- Muslin fabric, 45" x 1/4 yd.
- Wire-edged silver metallic ribbon, 1/2" x 1 yd.
- Buttons, flat, pearl-finish: 1/2", seven; 1" to
- 1-1/4", 11
- Cinnamon sticks, two
- Acrylic paints: dark teal or color of choice (for
- antique white; rose; black
- Crackle finish
- Fine-line black permanent marker
- Pencil with dull point
- Utility knife with new blade or serrated knife
- Old candle
- Disposable palette
- Water basin
- Paper towels
- Mixing bowl
- Paintbrushes: stiff-bristled; small round
- Straight pins
- Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Thick, white craft glue
- Transfer paper (optional)
- 1. Use marker to trace body pattern outlines onto 1-inch thick
foam sheet; details will be added later. Trace front and back
wing patterns separately onto 1/2-inch thick foam sheet. Wax
knife blade with old candle. Carefully cut along traced lines
with sharp utility knife or serrated knife; trim sharp edges
from body. Cut one 1" square from 1/2-inch thick foam; set
aside. Sand rough edges with scrap piece of foam.
- 2. Use pencil tip and medium pressure to indent lines that
separate arms from body. Cut narrow, v-shaped notches along lines.
- 3. Cut following from muslin to cover foam pieces:
head: 6" x 1-1/2", four;
chest: 9" x 1-1/2", four;
dress sides: 11" x 3", two;
dress center: 11" x 7", one;
back wings: 9" x 6", two;
front wings: 8" x 4", two.
- 4. In large mixing bowl, mix generous amount of white glue
with water to consistency of heavy cream.
- 5. Use stiff brush to apply generous layer of undiluted glue
to front and sides of angel.
- 6. Dip head fabric into diluted glue mixture; gently squeeze
out excess. Press fabric onto foam; smooth with fingers.
Repeat for chest. Fold and pin excess fabric to back.
- 7. In same way, cover dress sides, pressing fabric firmly into
arm notches. Clip fabric as needed to fold flat over ends of
arms. Pin excess to back.
- 8. Dip fabric for dress center; place on angel. Arrange extra
fabric width into even folds that hang down over bottom edge
of angel; pin excess to back.
- 9. Cover wings in same way, arranging extra fabric into
horizontal folds; pin excess to back.
- 10. Let all pieces dry until stiff. When dry, apply one coat
dark teal to front and sides of angel and wings. Let dry.
- 11. Following manufacturer's instructions, apply one coat
crackle finish. Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time.
- 12. Use long, sweeping strokes to apply one coat antique
white. Do not overlap strokes or recoat; cracks will appear as
topcoat dries. Let dry.
- 13. If desired, use transfer paper to transfer angel's facial
features; cheek markings are for placement only. Use round
brush to paint eyes black and mouth rose; dry brush cheeks
rose. To dry brush, dip brush in paint, then rub on paper
towel until brush is almost dry; apply color to surface in
- 14. Use glue gun to glue front wings to back wings,
overlapping as shown on pattern. For added support, glue foam
square to back wing above front wing. Glue wings to back of body.
- 15. Glue small buttons to dress as shown. Glue six large
buttons to back of head for halo; glue second row to back of first row.
- 16. Use utility knife to cut two 3" lengths (legs) and two 1"
lengths (hands) from cinnamon sticks. Cut small hole in fabric
at end of each arm and two holes in center bottom of dress.
Use glue gun to apply glue to one end of sticks; twist into
foam to secure.
- 17. Cut ribbon in half. Tie one half into bow; glue to dress.
Knot remaining ribbon ends; glue knot to center back of body for hanger.