Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rustic Wooden Angel Wing

Though abstract in it's design,

there's a rustic and humble quality

in the materials and application

on this new wall art.

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I love the reminder that "God is with Me".

Psalm 91:11 "for he will command his angels

concerning you to guard you in all your ways".

And you know I love any chance to use rough board

combinations to create art.

I started with plywood, lath, and picket fence boards.
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First cutting the wing shape from plywood, 

then cutting about 20 pieces of 6" lath,

I used liquid nails and small nails

to attach the lath onto the plywood.

The chevron pattern begins 15" from the top.

The overall wing size is 16" x 39"

Fence pickets were used for the bottom stripes.

After trimming all of my edges,

I stained the entire piece.

Then, while it is still wet,

I use a soft white paint over the surface,

but lifting in some areas so that 

there are spaces where the stain shows through.

I also go back over the white with stain 

depending on the contrast I want on the chevron.

I know this project requires a lot of "building"

and not just painting,

but I had to share because I know there are many of you

like me!

Isn't the old hinge detail fun!

Now I have my eyes open at flea markets

to find interesting hinges.

And , of course, that's just where a hinge would go

so the wing can open - ha!

It can hang vertical or horizontal.

I hope you all, my project friends,

could identify the shape without reading the title.

Some of the fam had no idea what it was,

guessing anything from ice cream cone to boomerang

to acorn. (sigh)

All of my excitement and hard work on my angel wing

became a "Christmas Quiz" in our house

every time someone new came in the door.

Yay, I was so excited when 

some of my holiday visitors recognized the shape right away!
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I know - I'm on another planet : )

Hope you might give it a try,


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Twice Nice said...

Deb I LOVE this! I so want to commission one of these from you! Let me know if you take orders. Gorgeous!

Feral Turtle said...

This is just gorgeous. What an amazing idea you came up with....and yes I knew instantly what it was!

20 North Ora said...

Deb - this is gorgeous. I seem to have a thing for angel wings since John passed away. Kind of my way of feeling he is near by. With your excellent instructions, I might try to do this when and if it ever warms up.

Beautiful project.


Deb Hrabik said...

Oh Judy, that must be a constant thought with you. Blessings my friend,

Debbie said...

I knew immediately what it was. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how to make it. Love it!

Deb Hrabik said...

Yay, so glad my art peeps know what it is!!

Anonymous said...

Very creative! I love the wing and the hinge is a perfect embellishment!

Anonymous said...

I adore this! I knew immediately what it was. Without being offensive, I don't understand people NOT knowing what it is! I just might have to try this. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

Deb Hrabik said...

That's hilarious! Love that comment because that's what I thought too - but there were more people that didn't know what it was in my family!! Of course, you have to realize, my husband only understands x's and o's. He's a basketball coach. : )
Thanks anonymous - that was fun.

Anonymous said...

Oh Deb!!!! This is my favorite piece of wall art you've done yet! it is absolutely beautiful! That hinge is perfect and I love the whole design. You are overflowing with talent :0)!
Have a great weekend!

Bliss said...

I love it, yes I knew it was a wing right away but had to go back and look to see if I could find the "cone". I think if someone guessed a cone they should get a pass.... this time.

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

Only true angels would recognize it right away (I did). You are so handy with the rough stuff and delicate with the thoughts and details. And the hinge is perfect!

Deb Hrabik said...

So my faithful visitors are all angels.
So funny.
Your comment made me laugh.
Much appreciation,

Unknown said...

Hi Deb! I love this! And of course I want to try my hand at this, so thank you for tutorial. I have a question, when you so say fence pickets are you talking about the big 4'x6' foot ones?

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Susan!
These are not the cedar fence boards. I used the smaller pickets this time. They are about 3.5" wide and maybe 5 ft. tall with a spear headed top. They are less thick - about 3/8" inch - much the same thickness as the lath so the design is fairly level.
Have a great project!

Linda said...

Wow! That's beautiful!

lala said...

Absolutely gorgeous and so creative - I am in love with hinge addition.

Patty said...

Deb, I think people who have an angel watching over them are more likely to recognize the wing as an angel body part. The others must be hungry if they're thinking ice cream cone ! :-) You've produced a lovely reminder that angels are always nearby. Love it!

Christy James said...

Absolutely gorgeous! XO

The Charm of Home said...

Now that is fantastic! I love the verse you put on it too! Great project! I will feature on HSH this week! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!