Country Snowmen Ornaments
- Fat Albert light bulbs, three
- Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Antique Rose; Burnt Orange; Espresso; Golden Straw; Light French Blue; Light Mocha; Rookwood Red; Soft Black; Snow White
- White Flat Spray Paint (Tremclad)
- White Matte or Flat Metal Spray Paint (Tremclad)
- Interior/Exterior Matte Varnish (DecoArt)
- Star Lite top coat (DecoArt)
- Plaid fabric, 10” circles, three
- Jute twine
- Jingle bells, three
newspaper (to cover work surface)
- Black Gold Brushes (Dynasty): Shaders, Series 206S, #4, #10, #14; Flat Wash Glaze, Series 206FW, 3/4”; Chisel Blender, Series 206CB, #6; Round, Series 206R, #1; Script Liner, Series 206SL, 10/0, 20/0; Filbert, Series 206FIL, #6; Oval Wash, Series 206WO, 1/2”; Decorator Round Dry Brush, Series 200, #6; Decorator Mini Mop, Series 400, 1/4”, 1/2”
- Fine sanding sponges
- Cosmetic-wedge sponges
- Rubbing alcohol
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Sewing needle and matching thread
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam (Dow) or similar object to hold light bulbs while drying
- 1. For basecoats, use a dry cosmetic-wedge sponge to pounce on one to two coats for a nice eggshell finish. Softly blow on any air bubbles that appear, or tap sponge lightly over wet paint.
- 2. Dry brushing is done with deerfoot, wiping most of it off on a dry paper towel, and gently rubbing area until desired look is achieved.
- 3. Use #10 or #14 flat to do most floats, and soften all floats by gently pouncing mop brush over water’s edge. Work like this until it is almost dry.
- 4. All line work is done using either the 10/0 or 18/0 liner. Always thin paint to ink consistency and fully load liner.
- 5. Always “blot” off the tip on paper towel to remove bulk of it to help sharpen tip to a nice pointed end.
- 1. Wash bulbs with rubbing alcohol, and place in a STYROFOAM holder. (Note: Avoid touching glass with your fingers.) Spray an even coat of matte paint and let dry overnight. Use cosmetic-wedge sponge to basecoat bulbs Light Mocha. Print and cut out patterns. Transfer designs.
- 1. Float Espresso behind or around eyes and noses, and darken with a narrow load of Soft Black. Dry brush all cheeks Rookwood Red and highlight with a comma stroke of Snow White.
- 2. For candy cane nose snowman, highlight eyes with a float of Light French Blue. Brighten with a narrow load of Snow White. Add sparkles in Snow White, using 20/0 liner. Stroke on eyelashes, eyebrows and creases, using 20/0 liner and Soft Black. Highlight top of cheeks with a comma stroke of Snow White. Basecoat stripes on nose Rookwood Red. The white stripes are the background color (Light Mocha). Float on either sides with Soft Black and float a highlight with Snow White. Basecoat mouth Soft Black. Float under the lip with Espresso, and add a comma stroke on his lower lip in Rookwood Red and one in Snow White on his upper lip.
- 3. For carrot nose snowman, detail eyes in same way as above. Basecoat nose Golden Straw and wash over with Burnt Orange. Dry brush highlights in Light Mocha, brighten with Snow White, using chisel blender. Float either sides with Burnt Sienna. Line in wrinkles with Burnt Sienna. Highlight with Snow White. Line in pleats and folds at base of nose in Soft Black and highlight with Snow White. Basecoat mouth Soft Black. Float right side of mouth in Espresso and left side in Snow White.
- 4. For red nose snowman, basecoat nose Antique Rose. Dry brush a highlight with a brush mix of Antique Rose and Snow White. Brighten a tad with more Snow White. Add a comma stroke with Snow White. Float all around the nose with Rookwood Red and darken the left side with Soft Black. Basecoat eyes Snow White, pupils Soft Black and eyelids Espresso. Float the whites of the eyes with Light French Blue. Highlight pupils, using same steps as above. Float either sides of the eyelids in Soft Black and highlight with a back-to-back float of Light Mocha. Add eyelashes and eyebrows in Soft Black. Basecoat mouth in Soft Black and tongue Rookwood Red. Float the lower part of his tongue in Soft Black and highlight top with Antique Rose, and add a comma stroke, using liner. Float the left side of his mouth in Espresso and add a comma stroke on his upper lip in Snow White.
- 1. Apply two to three coats of varnish, letting dry between coats. Apply one coat of Star Lite topcoat over bulb for a sparkle effect. Apply an addition layer over noses only and sprinkle with Glamour Dust while still wet. Let dry.
- 2. For hat, wrap a 16” length of jute twine several times around threads of light bulbs, leaving two 6” long strands of twine, and secure with a knot. At ends of strands, tie another knot, approximately 3” from bulb, forming a loop. Trim excess twine. Cut a 30” length from thread, thread through a needle and pull half of the length out with the needle in the middle, to double the thread’s strength. Base stitch all around fabric circle approximately 1” from edge. Pull to create a 4” round bonnet, and test it on the bulb. Tie a knot to secure in place. Cut a tiny hole at the top, where the twine will slip through for hanger. Secure bonnet in place and make adjustments as needed for a snug fit. Hot glue bonnet to secure. Glue twine bows to hats and jingle bells to bows.
by Sue Beckerton