Snow Place Like Home

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

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Click here for a larger view OR close up detail of snowman can be seen here This adorable snowman can be painted onto any surface that you like. While we chose a glass jar as our medium, he would also look great on a wood plaque, papier mache box, or any other surface you can think of! This craft was designed for those with some experience in tole painting.

What you need:

clean, empty glass jar liner brush shader brush small scruffy brush Micron black & brown craft pens white paint pen old toothbrush acrylic matte spray sealer pattern

Acrylic paint colors

(all paint colors are Delta Ceramcoat) Green Isle Antique White Trail Tan Georgia Clay Mauve Mendocino Red Black Cherry Periwinkle Blue Navy Blue Autumn Brown Straw 14K Gold //

If you make this project

we’d love to see it! Just send your photos and comments to the editor and it may get published on our Facebook fan page !

What you do

If you are painting on jars, you can prepare your surface by washing the jar, completely removing all labels and glue, then giving the jar a rinse in white vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Allow the first coat of base coat to dry COMPLETELY before attempting second coat!

Base coat surface with 2-3 coats of Green Isle. Trace pattern onto base-coated surface.

Paint snowman body with Antique White and float edges with Trail Tan. Paint scarf with Periwinkle Blue and float edges with Navy Blue. Paint star with Straw and shade edges with 14K Gold.

Paint buttons with Mendocino Red and shade left side of each button with Black Cherry. Paint arms on using a liner brush with Autumn Brown.

Paint patches with Straw and shade with Trail Tan. Using a dry scruffy brush, dip into Mauve and blot excess paint off onto a paper towel. Dab on cheeks. Dot eyes on with black Micron craft pen.

Use black Micron craft pen to add stitches and brown Micron craft pen to add stitches around the patches. Use white paint pen to write “snow place like home”. Splatter completed painting with White using an old toothbrush.

Sign your work! Spray completed project with 2-3 coats of acrylic spray sealer (matte) according to directions on can.

Helpful Terms:

Float: Technique used for applying shading or highlighting. Also known as “sideloading.” A flat or angular brush is usually used with one side loaded with paint and the other side loaded with water or extender.

Splatter: A technique that involves flicking the paint off the hairs of a bristle brush or toothbrush with your nail to achieve a “speckled” or “fly-specked” appearance.

Shade: A color mixed with black.

Other helpful terms are available at Tole Expressions .

Amanda Formaro
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Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at You’ll find her craft projects at and her recipes on

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