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Dollar Store Death
Oh, Spirit, wrapp'd in tawdry cloak,
Beetlejuice (1988, rated PG)
Bob Ross Wannabe
Sometimes the best dollar store angel is made of ceramic with a glossy glaze. Paint doesn't stick well to this finish, which is essentially a thin layer of glass. In this case, get a bottle of glass etching cream. Generously slather the entire angel with the cream (wear rubber gloves - it's caustic!). Wait the amount of time directed on the bottle, scrape the excess cream back into the bottle, and thoroughly rinse the remaining cream off of the angel. Let the angel dry. Paint will now stick to the etched surface.
Preparing the Angel:
Take a close look at your dollar store angel. She may have (shudder) glitter glued to her. If so, give her a brisk scrub with a stiff brush. Don't worry about getting all of the glitter off; you just need to make sure there isn't any loose glitter to clog up your brushes, or to come off with handling, leaving unpainted spots on your finished death angel.
Painting the Bones:
Using white acrylic paint and the #18/0 round brush, paint the angel's face white. It may take more than one layer of white to get an even complexion.
Painting the Flowers and Accessories:
With the #1 flat paintbrush, dry brush the colors of acrylic paint you've chosen onto the leaves and petals of the flowers, thus: pick up some paint on the brush, then wipe most of it off on a paper towel, working the paint through the bristles as you do so. Just touch the brush across the high points of the flowers or leaves. The idea is to leave the deeper parts of the detail (the veins on the leaves, between the flower petals) black, while adding color to the outer edges. If you don't see anything happening, go ahead and add more paint to the brush. It's always easier to put more paint on the angel than to remove too much. If you see color, but it's too transparent, let that layer of paint dry, then add another layer. Have patience; you may have to add a few layers to get the look you want. It's hard to cover a black base coat.
Paint any accessories as you see fit. The angel pictured with the book has lines of dark red painted on the pages, to represent names written in blood. The design on her robes and the edges of her feathers are lightly brushed with silver, for an eerie shimmer. The eyes of the creepy dove in the thin angel's hands were painted in a similar manner as the angels' teeth: a broad circle of red was painted around a tiny white pupil, then a broad circle of black narrowed the red circle down to a tiny iris. Finally, a layer of white covered the excess black, until it just rimmed the eyes. The blood dripping from the beak was done the same way, with a broad red swath being shaped by a white over coat. You can paint incredibly tiny details this way. For scale, that's my pinkie finger in the closeup. The word "HOPE" appears in raised letters at the angel's feet. The creative application of two more words made it fit the theme.
Check your angel over and make any necessary touch ups. Once you are satisfied with your angel, apply the spray sealant. Two or three light coats are much better than one thick coat, which would likely run. Remember the lesson you learned when you spray painted her black, and give her a few spritzes from below, sealing your wrist and hand in the process, because you still haven't learned that part of the lesson. Allow your angel to dry thoroughly before handling her. Even once the finish is dry enough to handle, it will still be some time before it is completely cured, so set her somewhere she won't be disturbed for a few days more.
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