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Monday, November 29, 2010

Let's Paint a Snowman Door Greeter

Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. My door is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of hot chocolate while I share with you the inspirations behind my art. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. We are having beautiful cold weather in Southern California with snow in our local mountains and the perfect weather to paint snowmen.

Bentley, my Studio Assistant, is waiting for you to come inside to show you what has been going on in my art studio. My son is hosting a charity fundraiser this week to raise money for Share Ourselves, a local charity that provides food , clothing, medical care and after school tutoring, and Olive Crest Home for Abused Children. I volunteered to put together gift baskets for raffle prizes and paint snowmen "door greeter" to hang on bottles of wine and champagne for the raffle.
I thought it would be fun to show you how to paint the snowmen door greeters as they are very easy and make adorable Christmas and Holiday gifts.

My dining room looks like Santa's workshop.

Let's paint the following two snowmen. This one has a stocking cap.

This one has a stovepipe hat.

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I wanted to paint the door greeters small enough to hang on a wine bottle or champagne bottle and used 4X4 and 4X6 canvas. You can also paint them on wood or slate. First I base painted the canvas red and green. Then I sketched the snowmen. You are welcome to use my drawings.
A snowman is a basic circle for the head with a circle for the body. You can paint a carrot for the nose or use black circles that look like pieces of coal for the nose . I mix some violet with the white to give the real look of snow.

After you have painted the snowman - add your nose, eyes, hat, scarf or any other decoration you want to. After you complete your painting, load your brush with water and white paint - flick the paint and water onto your painting to give the look of snow. This can be very messy - I put the painting in the bottom of the kitchen sink to do this. Attach two eye hooks to the back of your canvas or board and thread ribbon through. I attached holiday greens to the ribbon with a hot glue gun and coat my paintings with 2 coats of mat varnish so they can be hung outside. Simply wipe with a damp cloth to clean. Enjoy.

The "door greeters" can be hung on a front door handle, kitchen cabinet, picket fence, etc.

"Happy are those who trust in the Lord" Proverbs 16:20

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those who are following my blog. Please let me know if you want to see me paint something special or have any questions.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin


ShirleyC said...

They are all sooooo cute! Looks like a lot of fun.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Your little snowmen greeters are adorable! You make it look so easy! Maybe I will give it a try. They are just too cute!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Miriam said...

I am Miriam. I am from Italy. I just discovered your gorgeous blog. Everything I see in it makes me dream . Thank you and congratulations with all my hearth. Your kitchen is wonderful. And then, blue, is my favorite colour. ;-)))

Lady Jane said...

Your raffle put together came out great! It is a wonderful cause. Your inspirations for the snowmen are too cute. Another special tut that I would love to try. I have been wanting to take a painting class for soooo long. I am handy at crafts, but painting is another story, lol. Blessings. Lady Jane

Ruth Welter said...

Just wonderful Erin, I love how you hung them from the pretty bows too....great work and very festive for the season.


Susan Freeman said...

Oh Erin ~ your snowmen door greeters are so adorable! You are so talented and I love your sweet and generous heart!!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Anonymous said...

I love these little snowmen. I don't know which one is my favorite. And you dining table is a happy type of workshop that makes me smile The winners of these raffles will get an extra treat, just in time for Christmas with these adorable snowmen. I love your work.

Love, Leslie

Lisa said...

You've got quite the Christmas production going on at your sweet house! I love the snowman theme!

Donna said...

These are just wonderful, Erin! I've always loved snowmen....and you've made them so cute!


Phyllis said...

He's very cute, but not as cute as Bentley peeking through the door :)

Anonymous said...

Erin, festive! Cute! Colorful! And they make me smile!!