We had an amazing snowfall recently, and I found myself turning into a big kid who wanted to play outside and make snowmen. And so I did. It’s the sort of thing that helps make our endless winter seem less bleak, and inspired me to explore a winter themed project like this one.
- watercolour paper
- watercolour paints
- pencil & eraser
- compass or circle template
- black Sharpie marker (twin tip)
1. Divide a sheet of watercolour paper into three equal parts. Accordion fold it, pressing the creases well. Bone folders are great for this. I used a 9 inch x 12 inch sheet, 90 lbs in weight. It was a good weight for absorbing the paint, while still remaining easy to cut through three layers.
2. Draw a snowman onto the front section. You can use a circle template, compass or draw it free hand. It can have two parts, three parts, a hat, a scarf, etc. Make sure the bottom circle extends to the edges of the paper – the bottom and both edges. Cut around the drawing, making sure not to cut the edge near the fold, so the snowmen remain joined. Also, maintain a small flat edge along the bottom, so the snowmen can stand up.
3. Unfold the paper and lie it flat. Paint the body of the snowmen using watercolour paint, leaving the face white. The paint will provide the background upon which you will be drawing with a Sharpie once it dries. When the first side has dried, flip the paper over and paint the other side. Once dry, you can add the faces.
4. Use a fine tip black Sharpie to add patterns, doodles, or words onto the body of the snowmen. On one side, I copied out poems about winter in different languages. The other side was all about doodles. Finally, using a thick tip Sharpie, colour in the hat, scarf and a few buttons.
Here are the snowmen I managed to make during that big snowfall, despite the fact that it wasn’t packing snow.
Here they are, several days later, looking more like victims of Friday night’s scotch club.