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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

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