How To Paint A Snow Globe

How To Paint A Snow Globe

Snowglobe painting

Hi friends! I am going to show you how to paint an easy snow globe on stretched canvas with acrylics!

This is one of those customizeable paintings. Not only can you change the colors but you get to customize your snowman family & name as well!

My snow globe includes a family of five snowmen each to represent my own family – my husband and my three boys.

I also added our family name on the snow globe name plate. You get to change this snow globe to represent your snow tribe! 

Let’s talk about that globe/ glass illusion. Don’t let it intimidate you because the effect is so easy and simple.

No traceable is needed in this painting. That circle was traced with a paper plate.

However, if you LOVE traceables, you can get one in my Etsy Shop! See that here

Download a Traceable Optimized for 11” x 14″ Canvas

I couldn’t decide if I like the Christmas lights or not in this painting.

Actually, I think I’m leaning towards the simplicity of them not being there.

Decisions are sometimes difficult when you’re finishing up a painting! You decide for yourself!

 

Enjoy and happy painting! 

 

Materials

How To Paint A Snow Globe

How To Paint A Snow Globe

Yield: One 11" x 14" Canvas
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to paint an adorable snowman family in a snow globe! This step by step tutorial is for the beginner!

Materials

Colors

  • Alizaron Crimson Hue Permanent
  • Cad Red Medium
  • Cad Orange Hue
  • Hooker's Green
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Burnt Umber
  • Titanium White
  • Mars Black
  • Gold or silver for name plate

Brush Sizes

  • 3/4" Flat
  • #4 Bright
  • #4 Round
  • 10/0 Liner or 0 Round 
  • Toothbrush

 

Color Palette:

 

Craft Paint Color Suggestions:

If you want to do this painting with the Apple Barrels, see my chart below for suggested color conversions.

Traceable:

This was easily drawn by tracing a paper plate and a few other simple lines and shapes!

If you would like to download a traceable for this painitng, you can find one in my Etsy shop.

****I recommend you use white graphite transfer paper for tracing. 

 

 

Directions At A Glance:

 

 

Video

 

Step By Step Directions

1. Paint the faux wood background

You’ll need the colors: titanium white, burnt umber and mars black.

This combination will create that dark wood background. Also needed is your 3/4″ flat brush.

Dip your brush in the burnt umber. Then dip the corners in titanium white and mars black. 

Drag the paint out a little on your palette to test how this will look on the canvas. 

Paint up and down strokes on your canvas. The colors will blend together to create a dark brown washed wood look. 

Don’t let the colors mix all the way. Allow them to blend smoothly.

Make sure your strokes are nice and long with no harsh brush marks showing.

As you go to reload your brush, dip it in the same combo but you may want a little more white in some areas and a little more black in others to get that inconsistent look. 

Leave a little it of a gap on the bottom of the canvas (about 3-4 inches).

I did not divide my wood up into three panels.

I think it’s a possibility if you like that look but I was going for more of a simple background since the focus will be on the snow globe. 

2. Paint the table/ground white then cerulean blue.

Use a T-square ruler and a piece of chalk to draw out a horizontal line to define the “table or ground line”.

This line was approximate, I did not measure it. I’d say it was about 4 inches from the bottom. 

Then use a 3/4″ wash brush and titanium white  to fill in the entire bottom area. The titanium white should cover up any of that brown. 

Then paint the area with cerulean blue. I did not wait until that white dried all the way so my blue turned lighter.

This wasn’t a big deal, I kind of liked the look of the mixed blue with the white! 

3. Trace a 9″ paper plate with chalk

Position the plate so that it is above the blue area with a little bit of a gap.

Center it in the middle of the canvas. Then trace the plate with a piece of chalk. 

4. Draw the base of the snow globe with chalk

Sketch out the base of the snow globe using your chalk. It’s basically two curved lines on the left and right with a curved base.

Remember that chalk can erase on canvas with a wet finger or wet paint brush if you mess up!  

5; Paint the snow on the ground of globe and snowmen   

Use a #4 round (or any medium size round brush) and titanium white to paint snow on the bottom of the globe. 

Then add a tiny bit of cerulean blue to the tip of your brush (not rinsed, it still has white on it).

Paint that cerulean blue on the bottom of the snow and blend it up. The snow should be lightest on the top and gradually blend to cerulean blue on the bottom. 

6. Paint the snowmen

Use a #4 round brush and titanium white to paint the snowmen.

When you paint your snowmen, start with the bottom circle and work your way to the top. 

I did five snowmen for each member of my family.

You may be doing a different amount so you may need to space them differently.

Leave a little bit of room on the right if you are doing a tree. 

To add shading to the snowmen, dip the tip of your brush in a little bit of cerulean blue (while the brush still has white on it) then paint on the bottom and left sides of all the circles.

Always start at the bottom circle and work your way up so the circles will overlap each other. 

7. Paint the tree

Use mars black and the #4 round brush.

Start with the trunk and paint a thick base that gets thinner towards the top. 

Then paint the branches stemming out from this tree trunk. Each branch stems out like the letter “Y”.

At this point you may want to switch to a 10/0 liner brush or a #0 round brush to get the smaller branches. 

8. Splatter on snow with an old toothbrush

To splatter the snow, use a toothbrush. Wet the brush a little and pat dry and dip it in the titanium white.

You want it “ink consistency”.

It shouldn’t be dripping but it shouldn’t be thick either. 

Try not to get the splatters outside of the globe.

If you do, keep a damp paper towel handy so that you can quickly wipe off any excess splatters that go out side the globe.

Don’t fret if it doesn’t come off! Mine didn’t all the way and it’s not noticeable in the end. 

9. Paint snow in the tree

Use your #4 round brush to paint titanium white globs of snow on some of the tree branches. 

10. Decorate your snowmen

I started with mars black and did the hat, all the eyes, mouths and buttons on the snowmen.

Use a 10/0 liner or a #0 round brush for this step because it is detailed!

Then I did cadmium orange medium for the noses.

You’ll definitely want to use a 10/0 liner brush for this step!

Isn’t if funny how the direction of the nose defines which direction the snowman is looking? 

Then I did all the scarves and hats.

I used alizarin crimson hue for the reddish hats/ scarves, cerulean blue for the blue hat and scarf and hooker’s green for the green hat and scarf.

Of course you can customize your colors with this step! 

For the arms I used both mars black and burnt umber.

It may be difficult to figure out the placement of the arms but I only made them visible where there are gaps between the snowmen.

You can also do your snowmen without arms if you think it will look “too busy”. 

11. Paint the base of your snow globe titanium white

This was done with a 3/4″ wash brush.

Basically just paint the base like you are whiting out the area because the red will not cover the colors underneath unless you white the area out. 

12. Paint the reflection on the globe

First you’ll need to outline the entire circle using a small round brush and titanium white.

I used a #4 round brush for better control.

Your chalk will erase as you paint over it but if there is excess you can always go back and erase when this line is dry. 

Then you’ll need a #4 bright brush to paint the reflection on the globe.

Basically dip your brush in titanium white.

Use a paper towel to wipe off excess paint. Your brush should look like it only has a little bit of white on it.

This will help you make a dry brush stroke!

Then paint the reflection.

Your stroke should look like a dry brush stroke.

It’s a bit translucent.

You should be able to see anything you paint over. This technique will give you the illusion of reflected glass. 

Add these dry brush stokes on the outer edges of the snow globe circle.

I did two rows of these type of strokes and did not do them at all in the very center of the circle. 

13. Paint the base of the snow globe

I used cadmium red medium and that 3/4″ wash brush.  Paint the entire base of the globe. I love how bright that cadmium red is! 

14. Paint some reflection and shadow on the base

For the reflection, I used titanium white and my #4 round brush. 

Then for the shadow, I mixed cadmium red medium with a little bit of black and watered it down a bit.

I used my #4 bright and painted just the area below the base all the way to the edge of the canvas. 

I used that same color on the base of the snow globe but on the right side to create a darker shadow area. 

 

15. Paint the name plate

Before painting the name plate gold or silver, you will need to white out the area first. Use the 3/4″ wash brush to do this. 

Then when it dries, you can go ahead and paint the plate in with silver (note I used gold in the video).

After that dries, use a 10/0 liner brush or #0 round to paint your family name! 

16. Optional added step: draw out Christmas lights with chalk. 

To do the Christmas lights, I first drew them out with chalk. Start by drawing a wavy line for the string.

Then draw small squares attached to the line. On top of those small squares are the actual bulbs.

Next paint the string and the sockets in with hooker’s green. I used a #4 round brush for this. 

Then you’ll want to white out the bulb shape, let that white dry and paint the color of each bulb over the white. 

Wait for the colors to dry and use a small round brush to paint a white reflection on all of the bulbs.

I did my reflection on the right side of the bulbs to keep it consistent. 

Finally, I did a reflection on the right side of all the sockets! 

Finished!

 

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Bear Mountain Painting

Bear Painting Tutorial

Bear painting

Learn how to paint this bear painting step by step! This is a very easy canvas painting for the absolute beginner!

I did this on a 16″ x 20″ canvas with economical acrylic paints.

You can do it too, no experience required! This also makes an excellent DIY paint night too. 

Bear painting

Add the bear silhouette to your painting by simply transferring the outline of the bear with white chalk or graphite!

Finish your bear painting with a gold sharpie and add your favorite bear adventure quote on the moon!

If you’re feeling extra creative, you can mix and match the bear silhouettes or make a family of bears! I am providing you the template for the bears so you can adjust the sizes as needed.

Bear painting

For this tutorial I used economical paint! The Artist Loft Brand can be found at Michaels and the Fine Touch Brand (turquoise) can be found at Hobby Lobby. 

 

Materials For Bear Painting:

Bear Mountain Painting

Bear Mountain Painting

Yield: One 16 x 20 Canvas
Active Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Paint a bear silhouette scene with majestic purple mountains in the background and a turquoise sky! This beginner tutorial is easy enough for the beginner painter.

Materials

Colors

Brushes

  • 3/4” Flat
  • #4 Bright
  • 0 Round 

Instructions

    1. Draw The Moon & Mountains With Pencil
    2. Paint The Moon & Sky with 3/4″ flat, titanium white, turquoise and black
    3. Paint The Mountains with violet, white and 3/4″ flat
    4. Paint the land at bottom of mountain with violet, black and #4 flat
    5. Paint The Water With 3/4″ flat and turquoise + titanium white
    6. Paint The “Snow” on the purple mountains
    7. Transfer The Bears Using graphite paper
    8. Paint the bears in with mars black.
    9. Add A Quote With Gold Sharpie

 

Templates For Bear Painting:

Bear painting traceable
Print Baby Bear
Bear painting traceable
Print Mommy Bear (Or Daddy)

 

 

Directions At A Glance:

Bear painting

 

Video For Bear Painting:

 

Step By Step Pictures

1. Draw The Moon & Mountains With Pencil

Trace a 9″ paper plate on your canvas. If you are using a smaller canvas, just find a smaller circle to trace!

Use a ruler to draw the horizon line 4.5″ from bottom. Draw mountains lightly with a pencil. See composition below.

 

This is not necessarily to scale. But as you can see, the mountains are a zig-zag line that do not touch the horizon line. The points are different heights as well. Remember to draw lightly with your pencil.

2. Paint The Moon & Sky with 3/4″ flat, titanium white, turquoise and black

Apply titanium white paint to the moon with a 3/4″ flat brush. Paint the entire circle white. 

Then paint circular strokes around the moon with just turquoise paint.

Use the full width of the brush to create this effect. 

Then (without rinsing your brush) add a little bit of mars black to your brush and blend it in the turquoise on the edges. 

The darkest part of the sky is at the edges of the painting. 

Keep in mind that black is strong so you only need a little! 

Use a clean, dry #4 flat brush to paint some solid white moon rings.

Your paint should blend with the turquoise a bit.

You also only need a tiny bit of white on this brush so that the strokes look light and “feathery” around the moon. 

 

Touch up the moon if necessary with titanium white. 

 

3. Paint The Mountains with violet, white and 3/4″ flat

Use a clean 3/4″ flat brush to paint the mountains violet.

Stroke down to create the sharp angular strokes seen in the mountain.

You may need to do more than one coat to make the mountains nice and solid. 

4. Paint the land at bottom of mountain with violet, black and #4 flat

Use your flat brush to paint the land under the mountain. I mixed a tiny bit of violet with the mars black to make a very dark purple. 

 

5. Paint The Water With 3/4″ flat and turquoise + titanium white and also some violet 

Paint the water turquoise using horizontal strokes. Leave a gap of white canvas in the middle. 

Then add white to your brush and paint white strokes in the middle to represent the moon reflecting on the water. 

Then add some purple in the water by making short little horizontal strokes. This represents the mountains reflecting in the water. 

 

5. Paint the bottom land 

Use a clean #4 flat brush to paint a lumpy land area on the bottom of the canvas. You may need to overlap your water and that is okay. 

 

6. Paint The “Snow”

Add some streaks of white on the tops of the mountain by stroking down. 

 

7. Transfer & Paint The Bears

To transfer the bears, use the traceables and add a sheet of graphite paper under the bear or color chalk underneath the sheet of paper. 

Then trace the design to transfer to the canvas. 

The bear should be positioned so it is sitting on the land. 

Bear painting traceable

Then use a round brush and mars black to paint the silhouette in. 

Bear painting
Use a #4 round brush to paint inside the lines mars black.

After you fill the bears in solid, you can add a few white highlight lines on the edges of the bears.

Don’t outline the bear, just paint a few white lines. 

 

Bear painting

 

 

8. Add A Quote With Gold Sharpie

Use a gold sharpie to write the quote. 

Bear painting

 

 

You can also draw golden stars in the sky.

Bear painting

 

9. Optional: splatter some stars

Be careful with this step! You don’t want the splatter to mess up your painting. 

Use a toothbrush and some titanium white to practice flicking the paint on a separate area from your painting. 

Then splatter the white in the sky so only tiny specks show up as star in the sky. 

Bear painting

Bear painting

 

Finished!

Alternate quote example. 

Bear painting
Finished! (An alternate quote was done on this moon)

 

 

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