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How to make a snowman start to finish

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Make these cute snowmen for gifts or decorations or buy one here at the Gourd Pole.

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The following is a list of supplies you will need to make your snowman


  1. Cured, dry and clean birdhouse gourd
  2. Jar for water, napkin for dobbing brushes, styro-foam plate for paint pallet
  3. Acrylic paint colors: antique white, a golden brown, orange, black, red, green.
  4. Brushes: stipple brush, 1"flat brush, 1/2" flat brush for shading, a small detail brush and a medium round brush
  5. MinWax Polycrylic sealer, either high gloss or satin
  6. Fabric strip to match painted hat

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Use your 1" flat brush to basecoat your gourd with antique white acrylic paint.

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Use your round or flat brush to paint the top of your gourd.

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Paint the red band around the hat.

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Load your 1/2" flat brush with paint as shown,  half dipped in green and half dipped in black.

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Drag your brush with the black against the red band.

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This is a wonderful artist trick for shading pieces.

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You get a nice shaded professional look using this technique.

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A stipple brush is a brush that is flat on the bottom. I load it with paint by dipping one rime with the golden brown and the rest with the antique white.

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Demonstration of stipple brush,
 squish paint into gourd.

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Stipple paint your arms and then all over the gourd to get a fluffy look.

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Add your eyes, nose, rosy cheeks, and mouth with your detail brush. (mix your white and a touch of red together to make pink rosy cheeks.

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Add ribbing to hat.

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Sign and date your work

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Seal your gourd with Min Wax polycrylic sealer and let dry.

Remember dried and cured gourds properly sealed will last indefinitely.

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Rip a piece of fabric in a strip and tie around the neck of your snowman to finish him off.

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