Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Thyme to show you a Sweet Snowman Angel

The New Year has brought us some frigid temps here on Ole Cape Cod!
We thankfully have only received a dusting of SNOW.
BUT that doesn't mean you can't have SNOWMEN!

Let's step inside the STUDIO to see what I have been painting!

Today I am working on a project 
Sweet Snowman Angel

The design for this project 
is by
Amy Mogish

You can find the pattern in the book
Jane And Amy Create Christmas

My Palette

Antique White, Autumn Red, Black Forest Green, Dark Chocolate, Graphite, Hot Shots Fiery Red, Lamp Black, Leaf Green, Light Buttermilk, Mistletoe, Neutral Grey, Slate Grey, Soft Black, Warm White, Black Chalkboard Paint

Lets paint!

The surface I used is a Mini cheese box. (3 3/4" x 6" D)

I prepped my surface by rolling on 2 coats 

I painted both the inside and outside.

I let that dry well.

I prepared
Duster Stippler Brush 
as you would for dry brushing.

Make sure it is very dry! 
You should not see paint moving around on your surface!

I dry brushed over the entire surface in a circular motion with the Graphite.
When dry I repeated the process with Neutral Grey.

I transferred the main elements of the design to the surface with white graphite paper.

I used my Moon Brush loaded with Slate Grey to outline the snowman.

*** Your brush should be VERY DRY! ***

I used a Stain It Brush to base coat the area with Slate Grey, then Light Buttermilk.

I added highlights using Warm White thru the belly and front of face.

I prefer to
layer my highlights and shadows
not try to achieve it in one stroke of the brush!

I used Neutral Grey , then Graphite
 to add shading under the hat, left side of head, under chin, and the arms.

Working on the face and additional shading.

I am now working on the hat.

I have base coated the holly leaves on hat.

Isn't he SWEET?

I am now working on the berries.

I have added the homespun "angel wings" and of course bakers twine!

I did not have a White Prisma Color Pencil as suggested in the pattern.
Instead I used a Generals Charcoal White Pencil for the lettering.

When using a chalk pencil no matter how careful you are there will be some smudges.
Clean up is important!

I use a Point Blend Brush dipped in water to clean up any smudges.

It is essential
to use
  Workable Fixative
affix the chalk pencil 
to the surface 
BEFORE you varnish!!

The lettering around the bottom of the box 

I will now work on the rim of the box.

I used my
  Micron Mini Detail and Lettering Brushes
to  add the 
Autumn Red 
border on the rim of cover.

I used a small snowflake stencil to add snowflakes around the box.

I also painted the under side of the cover!

Under side of cover!

I dry brushed some snow on the rim of the box with Warm White.

I varnished the box with several coats of Dura Clear Matte Varnish.

I lined the inside of my box with scrapbook paper.

Once I had cut and measured my pieces
 I used an old brush to apply
to the back side of each paper

I applied once piece at a time carefully smoothing out any air bubbles.
HINT (You can use the edge of an old credit card for this)

Lining the inside of your box adds so much to your project!

You can use your box for a small candle
gift it with some fresh baked goodies

Or better yet keep it for yourself!
This was a fun project to paint!

Thank you Amy!

Rosemary Reynolds and DecoArt 
provided me with the paints to complete this project 
as part of their 
Helping Artist and Blogger Outreach Programs

Thank you DecoArt!

I hope you have enjoyed watching me paint
Sweet Snowman Angel

Happy Painting !



  1. You are amazing . . . what a talented lady:) I do have to confess that I am still back at, "Let's step inside my studio". What a wonderful place to work. You are so organized, you could give me lessons on that, LOL. Thank you for your step by step tutorial, that took a lot of time to put together and is very much appreciated.
    Happy painting!
    Connie :)
    P.S. if you have the time, please visit, I'm having a Give-A-Way to celebrate 6 years of blogging:)

  2. Thank you Lynn! Just lovin' the snowman, his country homespun wings, and the inside of the lid and box! Your painting is beautiful and I Thank You for your encouragement to others to paint! Hugs, Amy

  3. Wow! I love your snowman and your talent is amazing!

  4. Oh wow! Love, Love, Love this Lynn! Snowmen are my favorite thing to paint! Your paintings are always amazing!



Keep those brushes flying!
Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

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

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