Create a three-dimensional model of a medieval church using upholstery foam. The lightweight foam allows you to easily transport your finished church to any location without needing assistance or a strong back. Take the time to look through pictures of medieval churches until you find one you wish to recreate. The picture will help you visualise your project and avoid making mistakes.
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Things you need
- Upholstery foam
- Foam-safe adhesive
- Felt-tip marker
- Craft knife
- Water-based spray paint
- Stone-effect spray paint
- Acrylic craft paint
Purchase a block of upholstery foam slightly larger than your desired medieval church model. If you cannot locate a large block of foam, purchase enough upholstery foam to stack together and form the block.
Glue the pieces of upholstery foam together with foam-safe adhesive and wait for the adhesive to try. If you purchased one block of foam, you may skip this step.
Draw the outline of your model onto the foam with a felt tip marker. Refer to a picture of a medieval church while you draw to ensure the accuracy of your design. Don't worry about adding every little detail as small details can be added to the church later.
Carve the foam along the marker lines with a craft knife. Set aside the pieces of foam as they are removed because you'll need them when you finish carving.
Continue to carve the foam until you are satisfied with the basic appearance of your medieval church.
Cut pieces of the removed foam with scissors to create crosses, roof details or window decorations for your medieval church model. Attach these details with foam-safe adhesive.
Paint the entire model with a water-based spray paint. Read the spray paint label to make sure that it is safe for use on foam.
Spray stone-effect paint onto the model when the first coat of spray paint is dry. The stone effect paint will dissolve or melt bare foam but the water based spray paint seals the foam to prevent this from happening.
Use acrylic craft paints and a small paintbrush to add any other colours or details to your medieval church model.
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