STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Folk Art Angel

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

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Sheets, one each size: 18" x 12" x 1", 18" x 12" x 1/2"
Other Materials
  • 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 cracks);
  • antique white; rose; black
  • Crackle finish

Tools

  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil with dull point
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • 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)

Instructions

  • 1. Use marker to trace body pattern outlines onto 1-inch thickfoam sheet; details will be added later. Trace front and backwing patterns separately onto 1/2-inch thick foam sheet. Waxknife blade with old candle. Carefully cut along traced lineswith sharp utility knife or serrated knife; trim sharp edgesfrom body. Cut one 1" square from 1/2-inch thick foam; setaside. Sand rough edges with scrap piece of foam.
  • 2. Use pencil tip and medium pressure to indent lines thatseparate 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 gluewith water to consistency of heavy cream.
  • 5. Use stiff brush to apply generous layer of undiluted glueto front and sides of angel.
  • 6. Dip head fabric into diluted glue mixture; gently squeezeout 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 intoarm notches. Clip fabric as needed to fold flat over ends ofarms. Pin excess to back.
  • 8. Dip fabric for dress center; place on angel. Arrange extrafabric width into even folds that hang down over bottom edgeof angel; pin excess to back.
  • 9. Cover wings in same way, arranging extra fabric intohorizontal folds; pin excess to back.
  • 10. Let all pieces dry until stiff. When dry, apply one coatdark teal to front and sides of angel and wings. Let dry.
  • 11. Following manufacturer's instructions, apply one coatcrackle finish. Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time.
  • 12. Use long, sweeping strokes to apply one coat antiquewhite. Do not overlap strokes or recoat; cracks will appear astopcoat dries. Let dry.
  • 13. If desired, use transfer paper to transfer angel's facialfeatures; cheek markings are for placement only. Use roundbrush to paint eyes black and mouth rose; dry brush cheeksrose. To dry brush, dip brush in paint, then rub on papertowel until brush is almost dry; apply color to surface incircular motion.
  • 14. Use glue gun to glue front wings to back wings,overlapping as shown on pattern. For added support, glue foamsquare to back wing above front wing. Glue wings to back of body.
  • 15. Glue small buttons to dress as shown. Glue six largebuttons 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 fabricat end of each arm and two holes in center bottom of dress.Use glue gun to apply glue to one end of sticks; twist intofoam 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.