Paint Your Own Christmas Angels
I saw this simple to paint trio of angels designed by Cynthia Fortner in the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts Magazine last year and wanted to give it a try but just didn’t have the time. I kept the issue and the pattern and tried it this year and it is a simple and inexpensive painting to create and a stunning addition to your Christmas decor. I whole heatedly recommend that you try to paint your own Christmas angels using this simple design. No artistic talent needed.
What you will Need: Paint Your Own Christmas Angels
- Artists stretched canvass, wood, poster board, or whatever you would like as your painting surface. You can chose whatever size you like. I chose an inexpensive 20″ x 24″ artists canvass that was on sale at my local craft store.
- A small amount of modeling paste or drywall compound. I used drywall compound because I already had some in the garage.
- Palette knife
- White transfer paper
- Acrylic paint: black, flesh, white, raw umber, pink
- Artists brushes
- Tracing Paper
- Sheet Music
- Decoupage Medium Like Mod Podge
- Cotton Swabs
- Walnut Stain – You can get this at any craft or home improvement store or you can use antiquing medium as well.
Step 1: Paint Your Own Christmas Angels
The first thing you need to do is to enlarge the pattern to the size that you want your painting to be. I wanted mine to be quite large so I had to have it enlarged a few times until it fit on 11″ x 17″ paper. The pattern in this tutorial fits 8 1/2″ x 11″ so you can increase or decrease the size as you like. I realized that the canvass I purchased was a little too large for this pattern but I proceeded anyway. I was able to get my pattern enlarged at my local office supply store. Once that was done I was able to proceed.
Step 2: Paint Your Own Christmas Angels
Using your palette knife or dry wall knife spread a coat of the dry wall compound or modeling paste on the canvass or board that you chose. It prevents the paint from soaking through and provides some texture for the canvass. Wait for it to dry. It shouldn’t take too long.
Step 3: Paint Your Own Christmas Angels
Once the Compound has dried, Paint the entire canvass black using the black acrylic paint. I find it easier to purchase my paints from my affiliate, Amazon, because I get them fast and can always find the colors I need. It seems like every time I go to my local craft store they are out of stock of a lot of the paint colors I need so I just order them online. Wait for the canvass to dry completely before moving on to the next step. These are water based paints and dry quickly so it shouldn’t take too long before moving on to step 4.
Step 4: Paint Your Own Christmas Angels
Take the enlarged pattern and trace it onto the black canvass using the white transfer paper. Once the transfer has been complete remove the paper and the pattern. Paint the the angel’s skin the desired flesh tone. I simply used Delta Creative Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Fleshtone for my angels skin.
Step 5: Paint Your Own Christmas Angels
Place the tracing paper over the wings and trace. Place the tracing paper over the sheet music and cut out the wings. Brush the Mod Podge on the backside of the wings and paste them to the canvass where appropriate. Then, paint the dresses white and let the Mod Podge and the dresses dry.
Step 6: Paint Your Own Christmas Angels
Mix the raw umber with a dab of white and paint the background leaving a minute black border around each of the angels. Using the same white paint you used for the dresses and using a small paint brush, paint a halo over the head of each angel. Then, mix the pink paint with water until it becomes the consistency of ink. Use a cotton swab to wipe color on the angels’ cheeks and let dry.
Step 7: Paint Your Own Christmas Angels
Dip a paper towel into your walnut stain and wipe it onto the dresses, wings, and skin to give the painting a distressed look. Let the stain dry. Once the stain has dried, cover the entire painting with Decoupage medium or Mod Podge to seal it. Let dry and you have a charming trio of heavenly angels to add to your Christmas decor.
We can thank Cynthia Fortner for this terrific Design and Better Homes and Gardens for publishing her wonderful work for us to try. I really enjoyed this project. I hope you will too. If you would like to purchase one of Cynthia’s beautiful paintings, including this one, head on over to https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetCarolineOrig and she can paint a picture worthy of the angels she portrays.