Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
Here in Wisconsin we rarely have a shortage of snow in the winter months. Many people enjoy being outdoors, snowmobiling, skiing, and building snowmen to help the long winter months pass. This is also the time of year when snowmen are one of my favorite subjects to paint.
I have painted snowmen on just about anything…wood, glass, or metal. When my friend Kathy offered me four window screens she had snagged from beside someone’s dumpster. My friends are always on the look out for items for me to paint. It was November, so of course snowmen immediately came to mind.
This is an easy D.I.Y. project that can be created with only a few supplies. The first step was to brush off all the dust and cobwebs. I used a wire brush for this. You can wash them if they are in bad shape, but these didn’t need it.
Here are some of the paints and brushes I used. As you can see, I am not dedicated to one brand. I buy my paint depending on whatever happens to be on sale when I need it.
The colors I used on this project were:
- Ultramarine Blue
- Phthalo Green
- Mars Black
- Crimson Red
- Cadmium Orange
- Raw Umber (Brown) if you choose to add branches for the arms
Painting Your Screen
Start by brushing the ultramarine blue on for a background using a large brush. You want your paint to be thick, basically right out of the jar or tube. I then formed a rough snowman with a large brush and white paint. I let this dry.
The best tip I can give you is to start your shape smaller than you think necessary. It’s easy to add paint to increase the size if you decide your snowman needs it.
Brush another coat on just like the first. I like the rough painting effect. Therefore, I don’t try to get everything painted in nice and neat. Add the phthalo green brushed on roughly over the painted frame.
Your painting is now ready for detail work. First I painted a crimson red scarf and used the cadmium orange to paint a carrot nose. Again, you aren’t seeking perfection and start small! You may need to add a second coat of each. Allow this to dry. One of the nice thing about acrylics is they dry fast.
I then added white snowflakes and swirls to the background. Mix the phthalo green with a bit of white paint to make the color for the detail on the scarf. Finally, I used the mars black for the coal eyes and a few lines on the carrot nose.
Here are a couple other styles. You can add branches for the snowman’s arms, put a hat on instead of a scarf, add a smile, or put pieces of coal down the front of the snowman. Another color, like the red or black, could be used on the wooden frame instead of the green
To protect your project spray your painted screen with several coats of varnish. Allow it to dry in between applications. I use Krylon Clear UV-Resistant Acrylic Coating. You can purchase this on Amazon.com
This snowman window screen D.I.Y. project is inexpensive and easy–and makes a great gift. Make an extra one to decorate your porch for the winter!
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Have a peaceful and joyous holiday!
Till next time, Sandra
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