Juli Ondrush shares with us her Wings on Wednesday project this week – a handmade pair of gorgeous angel wings.
Made with a multitude of recycled objects, these beautiful Angel wings are a worthwhile, but not a quick, endeavor.
My mom has always been a believer of Angels, and has always hosted an Angel collection in our home. I have made a few pairs of angel wings for myself, but I thought these would be perfect for my mom as a gift for a special birthday.
Tattered Angels DIY & Decor paint –Dove and Zinc
Tattered Angels Color Wash Paint – French Roast
Cardboard and Old Newspapers — you will need lots and lots of both!!!
Paper mache paste and Recycled printer paper
Hot glue, Gesso Primer, Paint brush, Scissors, Pen, Stamps, Hot glue gun
Determine 3-6 sizes of feathers, then trace on the cardboard and cut them out.
I also cut one large piece as the base for gluing and hanging.
The feather shape I use is just an outline, without any details – that makes it easier to cut out.
You will need more ‘feathers’ than you think, and you will need an two sets as you will have two wings.
So… go ahead and keep cutting.
When you think you have enough ‘feathers’, lay them out and arrange on each wing – bottom to top.
Cut any feathers you might still need to complete each side.
After they are laid out together, I remove one side and adhere with hot glue, using the other wing as a visual reference. Repeat on the other side.
NOTE: perfection is overrated – just get them as similar looking as you can. Just enjoy the process.
When all feathers are in place, begin the paper mache process.
Strips of newspaper are saturated with paste, and laid/molded over the angel wing sculptures.
Cover each wing completely with 2-3 layers of newspaper, drying completely between layers.
Letting them dry thoroughly is VERY important.
The last 1-2 layers is strips of recycled white copy paper saturated in paste. Let it dry through.
When all the paper layers are dry, I cover both wings front and back with a homemade gesso primer.
I use an old chip brush to apply the thick layer; it also adds lines and texture.
When the gesso primer layer is dry, I cover each wing front and back with a neutral colored paint. Here I am using the Tattered Angels Decor & DIY paint in Dove. This paint covers in one coat and dries quick – it’s perfect!
When that is dry, I finish the wings with Color Wash Painting French Roast for faux finishing, attach a wire for hanging, and stamp a meaningful sentiment. The sentiment is made using Tattered Angels Decor & DIY paint in Zinc!
When all that is dry (you get the picture), I seal the whole wing with a coat of wax.
Then wrap them up and give them to somebody special or keep them for your self.
I gave mine to my mum – she absolutely loves them!