Greet your holiday guests with a cute snowman porch screen.
I got started with this project without thinking I would write a post. Needless to say, I don’t have many pics. I did, however, crop a few finished photos to help clarify what I did and hopefully inspire you to create your own frosty fellow. My husband and I came across three of these great screens this last summer. They were almost 6′ tall and already a color I liked. I was able to start painting my snow guy without first doing anything to the actual screen.
At this point I feel like I need to say I am not an artist. My painting technique is more crafty in nature, but it doesn’t stop me from trying new ideas, especially since the internet is full of them. Sandi at The Primitive Skate has a knack for creating the most adorable snowmen.
Things You Need:
Paper for pattern
Acrylic paints: white, black, orange, green, pink, brown, red and gray
White paint pen
There is no exact step-by step for this project. I am giving a basic summary of what I did since the screen size and your snowman pattern will most likely be different than mine.
What To Do:
Measure inside the frame of the screen. Cut pattern paper to fit these dimensions. Note: If you do not have large sheets of paper, the back of wrapping paper is a wonderful alternative.
Draw your snowman on the paper. I really wish I had some magic formula for this, but I don’t. I will suggest checking out Pinterest for great painted snowman images.
Place the pattern on a dropcloth under the screen. Do not allow the screen to touch the paper. Raise the screen up on blocks if needed. Tape off the inner edges of the frame.
With chalk, trace the outermost outline of the snowman on the screen. Use white paint to paint everything inside the traced lines. Why everything??? Painting the snowman white is a given, but it will also make your other colors pop.
Paint all base sections first by following the pattern lines under the screen…hat, scarf, stick arms, carrot, eyes, mouth and buttons. Screens take a bit of time to dry. Allow these sections to dry thoroughly.
Add details. These are suggestions. Use what works for you. Lightly paint pink cheeks. Paint brown stripes and fringe on scarf. Paint holly and berries. Add snow to hat and arms. Add black bark to sticks. Shade carrot with brown. Highlight eyes, buttons, mouth, holly and berries. Lightly shade a gray/brown/white outline around the snowman’s body.
Draw snowflakes around the snowman using a white paint pen. Dip the blunt end of a wooden skewer in white paint. Dot the end of each snowflake point.
Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before moving your screen. Remove the masking tape. As a final touch, attach greenery and a bow to the screen using a staple gun.
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