If you have been following my journey this holiday season then you are already aware of my new obsession. I LOVE gnomes. This gnome painting step by step was the first of many that I painted for gifts this year (and decorations around my home). I used acrylic paints from DecoArt (even some METALLICS) and am excited to share the steps with you. This post is sponsored by DecoArt but the ideas and opinions are my own.
To get started, prep your materials and work space. I like to have all of my paints lined up and ready, my canvas prepped and my brushes handy. It is a good idea to have a small cup of water and some paper towels in your work space too. Just in case… These are the colors I used in this painting. I love love love the way the Dazzling Metallics added depth and texture to my art.
- American Multi-Surface Black Tie (Hat)
- American Multi-Surface Cotton Ball (Hat Dots and Mixing All Over)
- American Multi-Surface Cocoa Bean (Mittens and Beard)
- Americana Warm Beige (Nose)
- American Santa Red (Boots and Sleeves)
- Dazzling Metalics Festive Red (Boots and Sleeves)
- Dazzling Metalics Shimmering Silver (Boots, Sleeves and Beard)
Paint Hat. Let Dry.
Paint Boots. Mix reds and silver. Let Dry.
Add the beard. I mixed Cocoa Bean, Slate Gray, Metallic Silver and White.
Add white dots to the hat. Add a nose. Add arms with the same colors as the boots if desired. I added mittens too.
If you want to add a background color, great! I mixed white with a little tiny bit of brown and grey to do mine. Ta Da!
I did add a red heart to my gnome’s hat. My word of the year for 2019 is LOVE and I am going to keep him up in my studio as a reminder. Love always wins. Always!
For the wood slice gnome paintings, I did the first entire coats in metallic sliver and metallic red. Then I painted the elves on top. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. If I had a hundred slices, I would have painted a hundred elves that day!. I ordered 48 slices and they are on the way!
This guy is my fave!
You can get these paints at your local craft store. I recommend stocking up because once you get going, you will not want to stop! If you are curious about the size of this canvas, it is 10 inches wide by 20 inches tall!
Cheers to Gnomes, to Painting and to Creating!