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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is how it turned out…
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!
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.
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Just wanted share another pair of wings. Both the background texture and wings were created using Modern Master’s Texture Effects. Best.Stuff.Ever!!!