Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I love a Snowman!


Something about a snowman just says "Merry Christmas" to me!  How about you?

So, let's get into the Christmas spirit and paint a snowman to decorate your porch, lean against your fireplace or add a little bit of Christmas cheer anywhere in your home.

36 inch long by 6 inch wide - Piece of wood - I used a piece of old fencing that we had replaced over the summer.  Any scrap of wood will do - any size.  Of course, a piece of new wood will work as well.  A lot depends on the finished look you are seeking.  I like the old distressed look.

Acrylic paint:
  • Red
  • Black
  • White
  • Orange
Piece of 2 inch wide wire edged ribbon in a color of your choice for a scarf around his neck.

Since I had planned to make several and I wanted them to be similar, I prepared a template.  I used a piece of paper I had cut to the size I wanted to make the snowman and drew the shape on this paper.

I placed the template on the board and transferred the pattern to the board.  Since my board was dark, I rubbed the back side with white chalk and then traced the pattern with a pencil which transferred the design to the board in white.

I painted in the following order:  white head first, then the black hat, red hat band.    After the face dries, add the eyes, nose and mouth.  I mixed a little bit of red paint with white to make pink and used my finger to rub on his rosy cheeks. 

When the hat is completely dry, brush on a little bit of white accent on the hat and draw on a few random snowflakes.  I also used the end of a round paint brush to add some white drops for tiny snowflakes.    Refer to my photo above for placement.  I mixed a little bit of black paint in the orange and added a few details on his nose.  This is not necessary, but can be done to shape the nose a little bit.

When all the paint is completely dry, tie the ribbon scarf around his neck! 

Merry Christmas and Happy Painting!

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