Sponge-painted angels

sponge-painted angels with SmoothfoamRusty tin, marble and verdigris are the sponge-painted finishes I’ve given to this trio of Smoothfoam angels to dress up your home or garden. They also make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day.

For the best sponge-painting effects, use a natural sea sponge in a size that fits comfortably in your fingers. Moisten it with a little water and squeeze out the excess. Dip it into the paint, then blot it on a paper towel. Press it gently against the surface, then lift. Repeat until the desired coverage is achieved. Use a light touch so the color below shows through.

Here are the colors to use for each effect:

Rusty tin—paint a base coat of black. While paint is still slightly wet, sponge with orange, then sponge over the black and orange with golden tan or beige. Then sponge lightly over that with metallic gold. Lightly sponge with white around the edges as a final option.

Marble—paint a base coat of light brown, then sponge with warm white. Lightly sponge over that with metallic gold.

Verdigris—paint a base coat of black. While it is still wet, sponge over it with turquoise, then sponge lightly over this with metallic gold.


Supplies for the Rusty Tin Angel:

2-1/2″ Smoothfoam ball
4″ x 4″ x 2″ Smoothfoam block
DecoArt acrylic paints:  black, orange, metallic gold, white
Jute twine
Toothpicks, wooden skewer
Sea sponge
Water container, paper towels, paper plates
Glue gun
For wings:
– burlap, paper-backed fusible web, brown cardstock
– paper pattern, pencil, scissors, iron
For sentiment:
– kraft cardstock, embossing ink, black embossing powder
– heat gun, paper cutter
– “Home Sweet Home” stamp by Close To My Heart
  Optional:  use regular ink pad instead of embossing ink/powder

Angel wings1.  Sponge-paint the ball and block with rusty tin finish. Use a skewer to hold the foam as you paint if desired.

2.  Attach the ball to the top of the block with a toothpick and secure with hot glue.

3.  Wrap and glue jute twine to the bottom of the angel as shown.

4.  Draw a pattern for wings on the brown cardstock. Iron the fusible web to the burlap according to manufacturer’s instructions. Peel off release paper and iron the burlap to the brown cardstock. Trace around the pattern on the paper side of the burlap and cut out the wings. Reverse the pattern and cut out a second set of wings from cardstock.  Adhere it to the first set of wings, finishing the back side.  Position the wings and adhere to the angel’s back.

5.  To make a halo, coil a long string the jute into a few small circles, then wind the tail around the coil and glue the end to secure. Adhere the halo to the top of angel’s head.

6.  Stamp and emboss the sentiment onto kraft cardstock. Cut to fit the front of the block as shown and adhere.


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