Sep 16, 2013

DIY Tutorial - how to make the painted Christmas angel

Although to Christmas still left a lot of time, I thought that now I will present you, how to make step by step this decorative, painted wooden angel with parts of polymer clay.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

The angel might be also the perfect gift for other different occasions.

You will need:

  - The wooden peg doll 3,5" tall (8,9 cm) and 1,5" wide (3,8 cm).
  - A white primer (gesso).
  - A pencil.
  - The acrylic paints (white, black, flesh color, blue, pink, brown).
  - The thin round brush (for example, the size 1 or 2).
  - The l
arger flat brush (for example, the size 10) for priming and painting the large surfaces.
  - The permanent (waterproof), thin black
pen.
  - The polymer clay.
  - A roller.
  - The modelling spatula or toothpick.

  - A knife.
  - The heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  - The glue gun or wood glue.
  - Optionally a varnish or water-based lacquer.
  - The
heart-shaped wooden stand.
  - The
gold oil pen or gold acrylic paint.

1. Priming.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

Paint the figurine with the white primer (gesso). This is not necessary, but using the primer makes the paint adhere better, and also the colors are more vivid.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

2. Painting the face complexion.

Paint the face complexion using the flesh color.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

3. Sketching the face.

Using
the pencil,
sketch the general outline of the face and hair.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

4. Painting the face: hair, eyes and nose.

Paint the face features with the thin, round brush (for example, the size 1 or 2). First fill the eyes with white paint, then paint the blue (or using other color) irises, black pupils and white reflections on the them.

Paint cheeks, lips and nose with the pink paint.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

5. Finishing the face details.

Using the permanent (waterproof) thin black pen, paint the eyelashes, and mark the contours of the eyes.  Instead of the pen can also be used a thin brush and black paint, but using the pen is more simple to apply.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

Note: It is important the pen to be waterproof, because this way one can avoid to smudge during the varnishing.

6. Painting the angel dress.

Paint the dress using one color, and then sketch dress sleeves and hands with the pencil. Outline the sketch with the paint in a lighter shade.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

7. Painting the details of dress.
  
Using the thin round brush (for example, the size 1 or 2), paint the details of the dress (in this case the little flowers).

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

8. Making the aureole and wings of polymer clay.

Make the aureole of polymer clay. For this purpose, roll up the clay, and then cut the circle with the screw top. Fit the clay shape to the back of the angel head. Leave the aureole to dry for a few hours.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll


DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

Using the small heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut the wings of rolled up clay. Cut the resulting heart in half with a knife, and on the outer sides of wings make the cuts with a modelling spatula or toothpick.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

Adjust the wings to the shape of the angel back, so that later you can glue them better. Leave the wings to dry for a few hours. Paint the dry aureole and wings, for example, in white color. On the aureole surface paint the blue stripe. Attach the both parts to the body of angel with the glue gun or wood glue.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll


DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

Finally you can varnish the figurine (or to lacquer) to protect it from moisture and dust, and also to saturate the colors.

9. Painting the wooden heart.

The angel figurine can be put on the stand. I have used the 
heart-shaped wooden stand, that I have painted white and embellished with gold oil pen.

DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll


DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

And one more time the finished Christmas angel.


DIY creating the wooden painted Christmas angel peg doll

 I wish you a successful and creative work :)

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