Simple SNOWMAN Christmas Step by Step Acrylic Painting on Canvas for Beginners

Hey everybody, it’s Cinnamon Cooney, your Art Sherpa and today i want to show you how to paint this amazingly simple yet delightful snowman at dawn. This guy is perfect for first-time painters or if you’re just needing a little art-relax to get over all this holiday stress. So I want you to grab your paint, grab your brushes and come back and meet me at the easel right now we’re just going to get started. Alright today our materials are an eight-by-ten canvas board. This is pre-gessoed and ready to paint you don’t have to do another thing to it. I have acrylic paint heavy-bodied. You can use what you have i’m just letting you know what I have. I have quinacridone magenta, I have CAD yellow hue, ultramarine blue, Mars black, i also have a CAD red but any bright, Christmassy red you like, and this is optional. This is just for your scarf. Titanium white/ I’m going to take a number ten bright here. I’m going to get it just slightly wet and then I’m going to drag off the extra water, and I’m going to start putting in this dramatic, hopeful dawn sky. I’m going to pull this out just on the tip of whatever brush I’m painting with. I don’t want it all the way up into the metal and I don’t want to get right into that paint. I’m going to pull out a little white to lighten my yellow and I’m gonna come right here and I’m going to just start painting in the dawn. This is a great dawn. It’s gonna feel so cheerful and so optimistic and really bring that holiday cheer and a little warmth to your winter. I’m going to take a little of my cad yellow over to my quinacridone magenta and i’m going to make sure that the tip of my bristles just a small bit wet and while the paint here is still not dry I’m going to blend these two colors together. I’m kind of working a little bit with a curve. This is a bit of a fish eye effect like if you’ve ever heard of a fisheye lens. This is a little bit like that. You can make your world seem a little bit bigger and more dramatic. I’m going to dip my brush in the water again, drag off the extra, pull out a lot more of my quinacridone come over into my white. There we go. Just enough. I don’t want to be very, very wet because that can make my paint very unmanageable. Get this bright pink. So now this is this is quite fun isn’t it? Very cheerful. Fish eye is looking really good. The curve of the world as they say. Rinse out your brush a little bit. You can make sure you have it all out on your towel. Take a little of your quinacridone over to your ultra marine, add some white and go ahead and blend this slight purple here. Just super cheerful. Super fun. Make sure this is all nice and curved in your world. Now I’m going to just keep loading my brush with the ultra marine.There’s a little white on my brush that helps soften it. Makes it feel more like dawn, right? Pull a little of this out, add little white to it just keep going on this very easy, super fun optimistic sky. Move that on my canvas board a minute. Not even going to worry about it at all. Easy project for every age and level. Once I’m really happy with my sky, and I might put little my blue, almost like it’s coming down, I’m going to get my brush just rinsed off. Come back, do an interesting thing. I’m going to pull out a little bit of my quinacridone magenta and my white. I’m gonna come right here and we’ll paint that in. That’s too much water. If you get too much on, just wipe it off. Gonna keep that curve going, and I’m going to paint this pink base, so that this is going to show through my snow just a little bit. Like it’s reflecting on the beautiful frozen crystals. Hope you’ve seen a morning like this at some point in your life. I’m taking a little my blue. just adding white to it. I’m going to come right here and just make sure this is finished in this nice blue with white. I’m going to blend these two out. Just going… covering up that white canvas. I might go back and forth like this, like a scrumble. Got that. Keep going back-and-forth. It’s so easy! Once I have this in, I get to get my stencil brush. This is a wonderful brush. This is a nice stenciler. This is a number six. The bristles are cut flat. These are not fast baked, these are slow baked so they’re not very breakable and they won’t really shed on my canvas. You can find stencil brushes all over the place. I will include links below about this brush. They’re not particularly expensive, so you can get them very easily. I’m going to load my brush with the white, you can see, just on the edges. I’m going to come here along my horizon line and I’m going to make little swirling patterns with my white. See the little swirling patterns? Super little swirling patterns. Isn’t that cheerful? I’m going to put a little more white paint. Now the paint underneath isn’t really quite dry yet so it’s picking up into my stencil brush. To keep it from getting too uniform I’m going to wipe this off every once in a while on my towel and reload with fresh white paint. I’m going to come here and make soft little circular motions again. Reload. Soft little circular motions. I’m going to follow the curve of the world. Keep reloading. Go ahead and just dust your world with snow. You need to wipe off your brush. Doesn’t that feel like dawn just landing on a little puff of snow? It’s such a fun project. I got quite strong with the white there. That makes it feel like it’s closer to me, doesn’t it? Around and around. Let’s get some more white on our little stencil brush. These are just little circles. Just happy little circles. Anybody can do this. Anybody can paint. Thisi is a good place to get started, and you have a lifelong joy of being creative. Won’t your friends be surprised what you can do. So once our little snow bank is in, you can go and find a little place maybe you want to add a little brightness to the snow with a little circle. Maybe another little one. Once you’re happy, make sure you wipe off your brush, rinse out the paint. You want it to be nice for your next project. And for this point, we’re going to want to dry our painting, so that the paint that’s underneath doesn’t bleed into our snowman. We want him to be very bright like he’s made from fresh crunch snow. I’m gonna put a little more white because of course my snowman will have a lot of white in him, but he won’t be just white. He will be other things too and I’m going to get some fresh water. It’s always good when you’re doing bright paintings to get fresh water often. I’m going to use a number 8 bright that’s slightly smaller than my ten, that’s going to give me a little control. I’m going to start out with just a little of my ultramarine, kinda tipped on my brush and I’m going to load it with the white. It’s going to give me a nice off-white, and I’m going to do my first circle that’s my snowman. This is little snowman bottom. His snowman bum-bum. Snowmen come, just like people are, in lots of sizes and snowman body types. So just remember your snowman might be taller and skinnier than mine. He might be rounder and squishier. That doesn’t make him any less wonderful of a snowman. Once you have a nice little painterly round ball, and his his little snow is just slightly blue isn’t it? Then come back and add another layer of white to that to give it dimension. This is what we want right now. OK, let’s make a smaller circle right above here. Just smaller than the one we have below. It’s not too bad. I’m going to come paint this one. Alright, there we go. Smaller circle. And then we gotta do his head, and that’s the smallest circle of all. I’m gonna just twirl my brush around to make his head. Sometimes people feel like painting needs to be serious all the time, but it doesn’t. Sometimes art is just for fun projects, so you can make a handmade card or paint something for a friend as a gift. It’s a very good use of art. I’m just making sure he’s painted in and he’s round. I’ve got that. Now I’m going to get a little more of my ultra marine blue and I’m going to come here and I’m going to make a little bit of a shadow under him. it’s gonna get a little bit wider and cast away here off in the distance. See? Because the light is coming from in front of him that’s where it would be. Isn’t that nice? Just make sure you like it. There you go. The trick is, to do this, that helps him not float his world. We don’t want him to float. He sits on the snow. That’s where he sits. Now the next thing I can do that I can add to him. I’m going to take a small little brush to do it. I’m going to take a number two bright. I can add his little hat. I think he definitely has a little hat. Not all snowmen have hats. Some snowman have caps. Some snowmen have little top hats. This little guy has definitely a top hat. So i’m going to make that nice, happy little top hat shape. it’s a curved line. I curved in a little bit, and go up, a little curve over line, and I curve back in to the brim. Just going to paint that in, all black. Now, my snowman is looking at the sunrise but yours could be looking at you. That’s a choice if you want that. You can decide which way he’s facing. My little snowman is looking at the sunrise. Make sure that’s painted in nicely. Now rinse that out. If this is dry, you can add the next layer of snow to your snowman. I’m gonna get some just white and I’m gonna come here. I’m going to just, just a little dust will be coming around both sides, with the light that is sort of curving around him. Notice that I am being very careful to sort of leave a little bit of a shadow. I just want him to feel like he’s round. Here we go. Just a little dust. Starting to feel a little bit round isn’t he? You work him out where you’re happy with him. He feels fluffy and delightful. Just curving my little brushstrokes. It’s a little shadow there. You can always go back and put them in if you don’t have them. Now is a good time to get a small little detail round and I’m going to take a little of my yellow over to my red, because I think my snowman has a little carrot right here. It’s pointing over to the left, peeking out and that helps everybody know where he’s looking, doesn’t it? It does. Then I’m going to grab some of my black. Then I’m going to come here and give him a little snowman arm. I’m on the tip of my brush. This is a branch, so try not to think of people arms but think of branches and then make little twiggy fingers. Do you like his little twiggy fingers? I like his little twiggy fingers. They are sort of reaching up for something. Fix that right there. Because the paint underneath is dry, if i just take clean water sometimes I can do erasing in acrylic. Once the acrylics dry it’s harder to do. You gotta paint it out, but when the layer underneath is dry, and the one on top is wet you actually get a lot of do-overs in acrylic painting, which is kind of nice. It’s a thing that I like about it. I’m gonna come here and make sure that I like what I’ve got. He’s my little twiggy guy. Let’s give him another little more. Maybe i could put an arm here. Or I can put one out here. I think maybe another little arm here. We’re going to give them something to reach for. Something hopeful. Something that he feels and his little snowman soul. There he is. His little arms are reaching out I’m going to get my number two bright out again. I’m gonna take a little white and a small amount of black and I’m gonna come here on the top hat. Just make a little reflection. Nothing too serious. Now he might have a breeze, and if he did, one way I could show that would be a red scarf. So I’m going to come with this number two, paint a nice little stripe where somebody has made sure that he’s going to be cozy out in the snow. He was built by somebody that loves him. I’m gonna blow one little bit of that off behind him. That tells us that it’s kind of a windy day, doesn’t it? That’s fun. That’s enjoyable. I like making those little happy lines. He has a little bit of happiness there, right? How cute is he? I’m going to grab a little bit of yellow and white just by themselves, and do something kind of fun. Add a little that reflection just right here. and a little bit. He’s feeling the sun, even though that’s maybe not the best thing for him, he thinks it’s wonderful. He’s going to enjoy that moment. Now, you can put him in anything, this snowman, once you know how to do him. He can visit all sorts of paintings in your life. He doesn’t just have to live here. I’m taking a little bit of blue and just making sure he’s got a shadow between his little snowballs, right? So you can really see his little snowball body. Now one nice thing I can do, up in the corner, is give him a twinkle star to reach for. I’m going to grab my little detail brush and a little bit of white on the tip. I’m gonna come right here, I’m gonna make a small little dot, and then I’m going to make a line that goes straight up, and a line that goes straight down, one that comes out. I love making twinkle stars. I make them in a lot of my paintings, whether they’re serious paintings or happy paintings. I think it’s really important to do both kinds of art your life. I’m bringing out a couple little radiating lights. See? Grab a little bit of yellow on your brush. You can put that right in the center, that small amount of yellow. I’m gonna come around my star with little rounded lines to show that the light is glowing in the sky. He’s reaching for something. He’s reaching for something. Sun is coming up. He’s feeling it. He knows what’s afoot. He’s very happy about it. Isn’t that delightful and cheerful? It’s important every once in awhile to take a minute and just be creative in a light-hearted and simple way where you’re just enjoying yourself in your imagination. I hope you had a lot of fun painting this. If this was your first painting, I hope you’re delighted at your result. If you want to know more about art projects like this or anything else about art, go check for more information. I hope to see you at the easel really soon. Bye-bye! (Music playing)

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