Winter Snowman

I love painting snowmen! They are just so much fun and each one develops into their own special character. Our little Snowman with Tree has so many fun options…I chose to take a simpler design option for mine. I did shading and highlighting on the snowman’s face and body, but chose just to highlight his clothes and the tree. This makes him a quick project, but you are welcome to add to this design, or use him as inspiration for yours.

Here is what you will need:

Snowman with Tree

DecoArt Americana:
Deep Midnight Blue
Light Buttermilk
Snow White
Persimmon
Lamp Black
Prussian Blue
Avocado
Winter Blue
Bleached Sand
Espresso
Uniform Blue
Margarita
Cool White
Melon

Neons:
Torrid Orange

Acrylic Sealer Finisher Matte Spray

I always start by stippling my snowman with Deep Midnight Blue; face, body, and legs. After that is dry, stipple again with Light Buttermilk. Then shade around the perimeter of the face next to the hat, scarf, and tree, as well as around the nose with Deep Midnight Blue. Also, shade the body, under the sweater, under the tummy, between the legs front and back, and around where the feet touch the base with Deep Midnight Blue. Then when the shading is dry, lightly stipple the center of the face, body, and legs with Snow White, making sure to lightly stipple over your shadow just enough to soften slightly.

Paint the tree Avocado and the trunk with Espresso. Highlight the tree with Margarita.

The main portion of the hat and sweater are Prussian Blue and highlighted with Uniform Blue. The scarf and mittens are Winter Blue highlighted with Cool White. The trim on the hat, sweater, and the fringe on the scarf are painted Bleached Sand and highlighted with Snow White.

Paint the base with Snow White.

For the Snowman’s face, paint his nose with Persimmon and highlight with Torrid Orange. Blush the cheeks with Melon. The eyes and mouth are Lamp Black. Add highlight dots to the eyes and cheeks with Snow White.

Finish with your favorite spray varnish.

He is now ready to join you for the holiday season!

Happy Painting!

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Wood Slice Ornament Ideas

Every year, I give my kids new ornaments for Christmas, sometimes they are handmade, sometimes they are bought from a store. This year, I think my kids are going to get something homemade because I love our Birch and Basswood Country Round Ornaments. They are great for a variety of designs and techniques.

On the Birch Ornament, I did a little wood burning and painting. Being from Oregon, I printed an outline of the State of Oregon that I found online, sized it and traced it onto the ornament. Then with the wood burner, I followed the outline and then made an outline of a heart over where the city of Portland would be. I painted the heart solid with DecoArt Country Red…it was that simple and so much fun! You could easily do this with any state, just look up online for an outline and print it.

My second idea was inspired from Pinterest….just a fun and easy reindeer face. I sketched an oval for the nose and lines for the antlers, painted the nose with Country Red and a highlight swish at the top of the nose with Snow White, the eyes are dip dots of Lamp Black using the back end of a paint brush with a highlight dot of Snow White, and the antlers are Burnt Umber. There was no pattern needed, I just free handed the design and went to work.

Both of these ornaments are easy enough for the beginning painter and first time wood burner. You could even use wood burning for the reindeer…wood burn the antlers and the outline of the nose and then paint it in like we did with the heart. These ornaments have a wide range of design options, they could also become a snowman face, paint a Santa or penguin on them….just look through your painting books and make something happen…you never know what wonderful thing you could create!

Happy Painting!

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Another Bazaar Done and in the Books!

I use to do multiple bazaars during the holiday bazaar season, but usually only one was actually worth it. So, this year, I decided to just to participate in the most productive one for me. I didn’t have a lot of painting time this season, but still had enough new items to keep my followers happy, and had enough in back stock inventory to keep the table full with items.

I actually could have used two tables, so I may think about that again for next year. But, with what I had out and replaced sold items with, this turned out to be one of my top three bazaars at this location. Needless to say that I was very happy with that!

Now, time to stock pile up some surfaces…and if I would actually paint for the bazaar all year long, it might make things a bit easier on me. But, no matter what, I still had a great time painting, and this bazaar always gets me in the mood for the upcoming holiday season.

I can not believe that Thanksgiving is next week!

Here are a few more pictures for you to enjoy of my table.

Happy Painting and Happy Holidays!

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