Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's thyme to paint some SNOWman Ornaments

I have been busy painting lots of ornaments for Christmas!

Step inside my STUDIO 

It sure IS beginning

 Look a Lot Like Christmas

I see my Christmas Elf HINKLEY is waiting for us!

The Christmas MAGIC is happening 

Today I want to show you the snowman ornaments that I have been working on.
Two of my favorite designers TEAMED up to create this wonderful project!

Design is by Amy Mogish
You can find this and many of Amy's wonderful designs

Surface is by Sheila Bergner Landry

You can find it 

Let's Paint!

My Palette

Black Plum, Bright Green, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Deep Midnight Blue, Fiery Red, French Grey Blue, Light French Grey Blue, Winter Blue, Graphite, Light Buttermilk, Neutral Grey, Heritage Brick, Tomato Red, Slate Grey, Lamp Black

Speciality Products

Black Chalkboard paint
Starlite Glitter Varnish
Crystal Glamour Dust 
Silver Bling Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint

I began by base coating all the snowman bodies with Light Buttermilk

I'm working on the scarves. 
I base coated them French Grey Blue

I used Light French Grey Blue to highlight.

Then I used Winter Blue , then Light Buttermilk.
When you are shading and highlighting, be patient!

Don't try to get to the depth of color you desire on the first coat!
Layer your values!

When I am painting multiples of something I usually complete one first them go on to work the others all together!

I use LOTS of brushes when I paint.
A GOOD quality brush is important to achieve a GOOD outcome!

I use DecoArt Traditions brushes to base coat. 
I love their dome shaders for dry brushing.

I use several different size Lowell Cornell Ultra Rounds for most of my shading.

And I absolutely LOVE the Silver Micro Mini's for detail work!

I also never paint without a handful of Maxine Mops!

I love the vintage charm of these snowmen!

I'm working on the face and hat detail

When my snowmen were dry I painted my snowmen

I painted the centers 

I used a white chalk pencil to personalize the ornaments

You can also use the center of the ornaments to display a picture instead of adding names!

I painted the backs of the ornaments with Black Chalkboard paint .

I used a circle template and small cosmetic sponge to add the dots

I added my name, date and a saying to the backs with the white chalk pencil.

It is very important to spray the lettering that you did with the chalk pencil 
 Krylon Workable Fixative.

The spray will prevent your lettering from smudging when you varnish.

I then painted the backs with a coat of Starlite Varnish

I finished by lightly spraying the ornaments 

While my varnish was still wet I quickly sprinkled on

I added a silver snowflake to the snowman's hats.

I used red bakers twine to hang the snowmen 

DecoArt provided me with the paints to complete this project as part of their 
Helping Artist and Blogger Out Reach Programs

Thank you Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt!!

Happy Painting !



  1. You always make Beautiful Magic at Christmas time Lynn, I love the snowmen ornaments they are so sweet
    ps give Hinkley a big kiss for me and tell him to be nice to Oreo :)


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Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

"Life is a great BIG canvas and you should throw all the paint you can on it!"
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