Sometimes I just need a little paint therapy and painting my Christmas Gnome was very therapeutic! Even though the proportions are wrong, (check out the hat)! I still love him!
Supplies I Used
- Black Canvas 18 x 24
- Paint: I used paint I had on hand. I grabbed a pink, red, white, black and Folk Art Extreme Glitter.
- Paint brushes and paper plate or two.
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MY Christmas Gnome
My Christmas Gnome was supposed to be Santa, but he morphed and by the time I was done my daughter was laughing and saying “Nope, he’s a Gnome!”
I love using canvases from Hobby Lobby and they usually have a nice supply and if you time it right you can get them 50% off!
My Santa/Gnome I knew would be very bright so I wanted a dark background, so I went with a black canvas and these canvases requires no prepping.
I added some white paint to my paper plate and estimated where I wanted the cuff of my hat and went for it!
Painting my Christmas gnome
I started painting my Gnome hat and outlining it, I even painted over the side of one edge on purpose.
If you notice in the video, you’ll see small splatters on the canvas, don’t worry!
When I get all done I like to fling paint!
And on the black canvas it looks like snow!
Then I started working on my Gnome beard and I wanted his curly, so I painted in circles.
Just so you know, I have to go back several times when I used white and pink to add more layers for a better coverage.
One I had the outline of my beard, I also painted the outline of where my Gnomes’ nose would be.
Adding some shading to my Christmas Gnome
To add some shading to my Gnomes beard, I added a little black paint on my paper plate and mixed it with white to make a light gray.
I then repeated the same circular pattern over the beard.
Later I even used this technique to add some shading around the Gnomes nose and under the his hat.
I hope you watch my shortened video, you’ll see I repeat the white and gray on my Gnomes beard until I get the look I want.
And notice, for the beard, I even added Extreme glitter paint to the white for some sparkle!
Painting my Christmas Gnome Hat
I needed to let my Gnome beard dry, so I moved onto his hat!
Adding pink to my paper plate, I then outline where the hat would be and then I filled in the area.
Pink is a light color and this took a few coats to get a good coverage.
Now the stocking ended up being disproportioned and to be honest I didn’t realize this until I was all done.
One thing I love about painting with acrylics, I can go back later and keep playing with it and work on fixing it if I want!
For a whimsical touch, I added red wavy stripes to my Gnomes stocking.
The Gnomes pom on his hat started out too small, but I did fix this later and made it bigger and more fluffy looking by moving my paint brush in half circles around the pom pom.
painting my Christmas gnomes nose
For my Gnomes nose, I mixed a little pink with my white and painted in a circular fashion.
I went back and added a little white and then again with my pink/white mixture.
When I had his nose the way I liked it, I added two small highlight of white on his nose.
Fixing some Boo Boo’s
Remember when I said later I might go back and work on my Christmas Gnomes hat?
Well, I did go back later and work on the hat placement and I brought the cuff of the hat down a little further so it covers half his nose.
This last little touch, is what I love most!
I hope I encouraged you to try your own.
This would be a great project to do with the kiddos and if you get brave enough to let them do some paint flinging, maybe take them outside first!
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