My latest architectural angel sculpture...
She's large, almost 3 feet tall, and I created her
using lots of repurposed and recycled bits.
This is the fourth angel I've made. It is so much fun
to me to combine all those random pieces and come up with
something unique and beautiful.
It started with this pile of stuff, some I ended up using, some not,
but the main piece was a huge wooden balustrade that one
of my sister's gave me.
Here is the wood balustrade for the body, on top of that is a wooden
fluted furniture foot and on top of that is a round wood furniture foot for the head.
I used my last two pieces of the wood with the carved detail for the wings.
I joined the wing pieces with a galvanized metal star that was once a lid to a candle...
I knew I would use it one day!
To make it sturdy, I made a frame for the base using scrap lumber
cut with miter saw and screwed in from the bottom.
After the main body pieces were assembled, I slapped on a base coat of tan paint.
This time, instead of using my normal block painting technique for the layered paint look,
I took a short cut and applied spackling paste randomly on the body... that's the white
stuff in the pic. I rubbed it on with my hands and with a putty knife and let dry.
When the spackle is dry and you start layering paint,
your brush naturally grabs on the bumpy areas and you are are
just that much closer to a yummy aged finish.
After I brushed on the green, I block painted
adding a few more colors here and there.
I have several different sizes of blocks I use, depending on the
area, and I just wipe them off and reuse them.
If you have globs of thickened paint in containers
that you would normally throw away, don't!
I'm going with globby as a word even is google is saying no
paint is perfect for this technique.
This is after all my base layers of paint, ready for the next step...
I started adding white paint to the body... you can also see the layered
teal, green, turquoise and white I added to the base.
After the white was applied, I decided the body needed a little more detail.
I used a technique I've done before using plastic beads and spackle
to create a carved, beaded wood trim look.
This is a dresser I did years and years ago, one of my niece's has it now.
It had a grooved recess around all the drawers. I glued
the plastic beads in the groove, covered with spackle and painted.
It adds lots of interesting detail to a piece.
Once it's all painted, I think it looks pretty authentic!
On the angel, I glued the beads on in two areas using hot glue...
I used Flexall, because it's what I had out, to cover the beads but I've done it
with spackle or joint compound too.
You just smooth it over the beads, creating a thick layer and let dry.
When it's dry, sand down to create a smooth finish and paint.
Of course... I had decided to add this after I had
painted everything, so I had to go back and redo the
painting on that part!
This is how it will end up
For the bottom of the balustrade, I added studded fleur de lis...
I started with fleur de lis wood cut outs bought on Mardi Gras clearance.
I layered them with spackle and paint for a rusty look then
added painted thumbtack "studs" to gussy them up.
I love my thumbtacks, I've used them on
For the wavy metal trim on the body, I used squares of aluminum flashing.
I had oxidized the sheets in one of my making things rusty and aged batches
and used wavy scissors to cut strips.
The halo started as a rusty piece of metal from a lamp...I promise that's
paint under my nails! I hammered it flat and coated it with poly to
darken the rusty part then lightly brushed a little teal paint.
I ended up swirling a little bit of starry wire around the halo as well.
I don't have a pic, but at the end when it was all painted, I added a wash of thinned
brown paint to the whole piece and wiped off excess to tone the whole thing down
and a coat of satin poly.
I screwed everything in from the back and she was done ;)
I really love how she turned out. She would be lovely at
Christmas or left out year round.
Swing by my Etsy shop to check out what's new
Thank you so much for checking out my angel!