Angel Wings Stencil on Canvas

I have been wanting to make angel wings FOREVER! I’ve seen them plastered all over Pinterest in different sizes and made from lots of cool materials from wood and metal to plastic spoons and everything in between. I had a pretty large space in mind for them and decided doing a raised relief on canvas would be the best way to create my wings. Having been unable to find an angel wing stencil that I liked in the right size, I asked my sweet friend Jo over at Muddaritaville if she could create a custom sized angel wings stencil for me and as always, she was happy to help. Since the stencil was pretty large, it arrived in two pieces.
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The stencil registrations (those two small circles on both stencils) made it super easy to line the top and bottom stencils up and get them positioned just right.
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I purchased a 36×48 canvas from Michael’s (don’t forget to use a 50-% off coupon!). I painted the base with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Ultra Grip to ensure proper adhesion, then gave the entire canvas a base coat of Fusion’s Ash. Once it had dried completely, I randomly troweled on Modern Masters Metallic Plaster in Tungsten, making sure to leave open areas so the canvas was peeking through. I let that dry overnight.
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The next day, I played with the positioning of the stencil to make sure I had it in the right spot.  I measured and marked the top of the stencil with a piece of tape (not pictured), gave the back of my stencil a dusting of spray adhesive to ensure that the stencil didn’t shift, placed the stencil back down and used a trowel to apply Modern Masters Texture Effects. When I was happy with the look of the texture, I removed the stencil immediately. I did this 4 times over, once more for the top of the right wing and then twice for the bottoms of both wings. I wasn’t able to photograph it, but I did lay the top stencil back on top of texture once it had dried for a few hours. I did this in order to properly line up the registration marks so that I could then trowel the bottom. You’ll definitely want to allow at least a few hours of drying so the Texture Effects has time to set up a bit.

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I applied my texture quite liberally and I have to say, one of my favorite things about this product is it’s never cracked or crumbled.EVER. I allowed it to dry over night and gave the wings a light sanding with a 220 grit sandpaper to knock down any peaks. Originally I wanted to keep it simple, so I used Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Champagne.
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To highlight the details, I custom mixed a Modern Masters glaze and applied it to the wings and the “halo” area right around the wings to give some subtle shading.
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This is how it turned out…
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I called this project D-O-N-E, until I’d lived with it for a few days and decided it was too plain. After some serious consideration, I went for it and blinged them out with silver leaf! I added glaze over top and am so pleased with how my stenciled angel wings turned out!
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The piece works so nicely in my hallway and while it doesn’t quite scream “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!”, it’s definitely a sweet, subtle homage to the holidays.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away. As always, please feel free to PIN and share. Thanks so much for popping by!

 

UPDATE…

Just wanted share another pair of wings.  Both the background texture and wings were created using Modern Master’s Texture Effects.  Best.Stuff.Ever!!!

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Dorrie XO

Comments:

  1. Yvonne Sanders says:

    I really, really would like to buy the stencil. Where can I find it? Beautiful picture.

  2. Carmen says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. Just order the medium wing. Can’t wait to start.
    I would like to know where you bought the mastic and paints you used on this project. Thank You

  3. I love your angel wings – please could you explain what you do after you apply the black glaze? Presumably you wipe it off – but what with? Does it come off easily? Do you use white spirit? Many thanks.

    • You can wipe away with anything really. Paper towels or an old t-shirt work well. I also like to keep a wet towel handy, especially if the glaze I’m using doesn’t have a particularly long open time.

  4. Donna Bryant says:

    Is this stencil available to purchase? If so where? I love it and the healing center I own, it is the symbol. Thank you if you could help me find this!

  5. Simone Verfürth says:

    Hello,
    I would so love to imitate the image. Unfortunately, I think the template is no longer at the above address. Can you give me a hand. I’m from Germany.
    Best Regards
    Simone

  6. Deborah says:

    i just love this angel wing I have to see if a friend of mind can duplicate it ,she a artist also …..

  7. LIVIA says:

    Hi
    I’m intersted in making the same project. I have a few questions.
    1. Can it be any kind of plaster or does it have to be modern masters? Can you recommend another brand?
    2. After the plaster, how do you create the feather effects? how? When? and with what do you create the detailed lines on the feather?
    Thank you. Please response I’m dying to create this beautiful project.

    • Hi Livia. Thanks for stopping by! I used modern masters because I wanted to ensure that I wouldn’t experience shrinkage or cracking. If you plan on testing it out using another product, I would definitely do a test on a smaller canvas prior to investing time in a large piece like this one. If I’d created the piece on a hard substrate, it may not have been as much of a concern, but since canvas tends to have some movement, I needed some thing that would have a little flexibility. As for the fester effect, I applied the plaster in the direction that the feathers would go. I also used a real feather as a stamp to get some of those natural imprints. Hope this helps. Good luck! Can’t wait to see your project. xo

  8. livia says:

    I’m interested in making this. I have a few questions. Can I use any plaster, 9 does it have to be by modern masters? Also on the feather effects the defined lines, when, how and with what do I create them?

  9. Jean McKnight says:

    This is beautiful. I may have to give it a try and hope it comes out looking like yours.

  10. Charisse says:

    In love with this!!!

  11. MaryBeth says:

    awesome idea!

  12. Flanurse says:

    This is outstanding! I love it and you have done a wonderful job! I am not very ‘craftsy’ but am inspired to try! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Peggy says:

    What a beautiful piece this turned out to be. I have never tried anything like this. I just may have to try something new. Thank you so much for the new inspiration.

  14. Sharion says:

    What an awesome project.

  15. Jackie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Where would I find the stencil? I collect Angels and this is just the icing on the cake, so to speak.

  16. How beautiful this is. Nice work an incredible inspiration.

  17. Hi!
    I have a customer who would like me to make this? What kind of time frame am I looking at? I’ve never done anything like this before. Thx!

  18. Alice says:

    Thanks! I have to find these stencils and try this. I just love it an unreasonable amount. 😀

  19. Alice says:

    This may be one of my favorite projects ever. I love this and would love to try it. I was confused by one thing…you said, “When I was happy with the look of the texture, I removed the stencil immediately. I did this 4 times over, once more for the top of the right wing and then twice for the bottoms of both wings. ” Do you mean you took up the stencil, cleaned it, let the texture dry, put the stencil back down and built the texture up more? Because that’s what I get from “Four times over”. Thanks!!!

    • Hi Alice! Sorry about the confusion. So by four times over, I meant that I had to place each wing part once. The stencil came in two parts, a top and bottom piece, so I placed the top piece twice and the bottom piece twice. I didn’t layer the texture. I applied the texture once. By getting it looking it how I wanted, I meant the actual appearance of the texture. I applied it smoothly, but then decided I wanted it more feather like, so I changed it up a bit. Hope this helps. :-)

  20. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing. How could I go about purchasing a set of those stencils?

  21. Lindsay says:

    Beautiful piece! Have you ever used stencils on wood instead of canvas? I was just curious if spray adhesive will leave any marks on the wood? It doesn’t discolour the paint colour on the canvas?
    Thanks!

    • Yes, many times. I don’t always find it necessary to use spray adhesive when doing so though. I usually just hold the stencil in space. Make sure you offload as much of the paint as possible if you plan on rolling. If you do use the adhesive spray, any residue that you might encounter will ball up really easily. Hope that helps.

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