Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial with Becky from Country Lane Folk Art

Angel Make Over
My mom had this terra cotta angel that used to sit outside.
Over time it faded and aged to a whitish color. She wanted it to have a new look, so I painted it to look like stone..
I thought I'd share a quick tutorial if you have one you'd like to paint.
Start with your supplies:
I use Americana deco art paint but you can use any brand
buttermilk
burnt umber
candle
wax paper or pallet for your paint
an old paint brush, don't want to ruin your good ones. 

Step 1:
I forgot to take a picture of the angel before I started the first step,
so here she is half painted. She has been sitting outside
so the white color is from age and weather.
Start by painting her burnt umber. 
See the chip in her foot?
 You won't be able to tell it's there
after painting.

Here she is completely painted
Step 2:
This is an optional step.
Rub over the raised areas like the hair
fingers, toes, wings, and face with the candle
Now take your paint brush and load it with buttermilk,
but don't use a lot of paint
working quickly and messy, yes messy! You do not want
the strokes to be thick or even looking, start brushing the paint
on with a light stroke, allowing some of the
burnt umber to show through.
Once dry, sand lightly, the areas you applied
the wax to allowing the worn areas to show through
Again, the wax step is optional as you can get the
same effect from painting.
Final step, on your wax paper, add a small puddle
of burnt umber paint. Now using lots of water, make a wash
of paint by mixing the paint and water together.
Again working quickly and in one area at a time
paint the watery burnt umber over the angel,
then BEFORE it dries, wipe it off with an
old t-shirt or towel. 
This gives an antique look
to the finished angel!
And there you have it, a new look to
for your angel. Remember to varnish
them with an outdoor varnish if you plan
to put her outside. This angel will be staying
inside.

Thanks for sharing Becky!
Becky can be found here:

5 comments:

Danice said...

Thank you for this tutorial. We have an angel that is in need of this type of restoration :)

Raggedy Creations said...

Thank you for sharing. It was a great tut.

Vicky said...

Marvelous!! Great tutorial! Thanks!

Colleen said...

Thanks for sharing this. I think I could even do this. :)

Country Lane Folk Art said...

Thanks Barb, for sharing my angel tutorial, I hope everyone will give it a try!