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
- Cured, dry and clean birdhouse gourd
- Jar for water, napkin for dobbing brushes, styro-foam plate for paint pallet
- Acrylic paint colors: antique white, a golden brown, orange, black, red, green.
- Brushes: stipple brush, 1"flat brush, 1/2" flat brush for shading, a small detail brush and a medium round brush
- MinWax Polycrylic sealer, either high gloss or satin
- Fabric strip to match painted hat
Use your 1" flat brush to basecoat your gourd with antique white acrylic paint.
Use your round or flat brush to paint the top of your gourd.
Paint the red band around the hat.
Load your 1/2" flat brush with paint as shown, half dipped in green and half dipped in black.
Drag your brush with the black against the red band.
This is a wonderful artist trick for shading pieces.
You get a nice shaded professional look using this technique.
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.
Demonstration of stipple brush,
squish paint into gourd.
Stipple paint your arms and then all over the gourd to get a fluffy look.
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.
Add ribbing to hat.
Sign and date your work
Seal your gourd with Min Wax polycrylic sealer and let dry.
Remember dried and cured gourds properly sealed will last indefinitely.
Rip a piece of fabric in a strip and tie around the neck of your snowman to finish him off.