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Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

teacher avatar Suzette Hussey, Artist, Skillshare Teacher

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9 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Class Project Skillshare

    • 3. Building the Armature

    • 4. Adding the Clay

    • 5. Sanding and Fixing Cracks

    • 6. Adding Gesso

    • 7. Painting Your Sculpture

    • 8. Applying a Coat of Mod Podge

    • 9. Embellishing Your Sculpture

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In this course you will learn how to make a beautiful Snowman Sculpture. I will take you step-by-step through the process of making your Snowman. When you are finished, you will have a one of a kind holiday ornament that can be passed down for generations. 

This course is great for all levels.

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Suzette Hussey

Artist, Skillshare Teacher


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1. Welcome: Welcome to Do you want to build a snowman? I am Suzanne. I will be teaching you how to make an doorbell snowman. I will begin by showing you how to make the armature, the skeleton of the sculpture will be. Next. I will show you how to add the clean and interior sculpture. And then finally, you will learn how to embellish your snowman. And join me in making this adorable snowman sculpture. And to be handed down for generations. You won't be disappointed. I look forward to seeing you in class. 2. Class Project Skillshare: For your class project, I want you to make your own snowman sculpture. Make as many as you like. Please don't be shy. I want to see those adorable assuming. How would you share them? Select projects and resources. At the top right hand corner, select create projects. There you can upload those photos. If you need any feedback or have a simple question, please go to the Discussions tab. I will be happy to help. 3. Building the Armature: For this sculpture, we are going to use toilet rule middle or paper, towel, whatever you have on any cardboard tube and a bag of cat litter or sand or rice depending where you live, I wouldn't use rice here because of my climates as basically something to weigh down your, your sculptures right, will stand properly. We're also going to use some tissue, old gift-wrapped tissue, and some tape and your glucagon. So the first thing you wanna do is we're going to get this inherent. Haven't tried it yet because I just want to make sure that I can get it in first without bend in everything out of shape. So once I get that n, I'm just going to tie that up and then just put it in place. What I'll do now, put some tissue in this end and just take that closed and trying to maintain the wrong shape. This is a very thin cardboard tube, but I guess that's good. They're looking out for the environment so I won't complain. And then I'm going to push down that and fill the other end with tissue. Ones were fully stuffed with tissue. Go ahead and just close that with some tape. I don't want to do it too tight because I'm trying not to lose out the shape. Right now. We're just going to cover the remaining cardboard tube with the masking tape. And there you have it. Now this is ready to ambiguity. So we're just gonna put that aside for a minute and grab our tree. 4. Adding the Clay: Great. Now we are ready to cover our snowman and I have some play hair. It's one it's a bit dry because I had it out on the table to lungs and just add in a bit of water and needed men in, normally straight out the package, it's fine. You do not need to do that. So this guy is really easy to cover. We just need, I'm going to use some dilution. Why cuz you don't have to, but I prefer chip. And we're going to need so help us hold little eyes and the nose in place. And that's pretty much it for the harbinger, for this to cover the armature and add all the details. So I'm just going to begin by ruling this out. Really smooth as possible, as even as possible or other. It's easier when you're covering surfaces that are just smooth like this. To rule it out first, Here's my diluted white glue. Just going to go ahead. Give everything a light photon. It will stick to it without it, as I said, but I prefer to have it on there. So let's go ahead and cover this. May just snip off that edge right there. And I'm going to go ahead and roll this around and cover it. Now. One thing I must point out, it's not as easy as, as rural in it and just leave it like that. You have to go around and pushed on that play and make sure that forms a nice seal. Seals nicely rather with the surface of your armature. But because it's such a smooth surface and I just start off by doing that. Otherwise, if it was a different type of service, you just add bits as you go along and pushed them down. So this is the base hair, so I'm making sure it's nice and flat and the top and just add in clay as needed until everything in this section is covered. And then we'll go ahead and smooth and makes sure that place on properly. And then we'll add the features of the face. Everything is covered now. The nice little snowman, I'm not looking for a perfect shape, so don't worry about that. It's grab our water now and just dip our fingers in and start to smooth. As we smooth, we press down gently. And that will ensure that the clay as a dear nicely to that armature. Air is where you joined the clay like this are going to need a bit more work. Sometimes you need to use a tool or a knife, whatever you have on hand, a spoon. To just get rid of those lines. Were they joined? It blends them out nicely. So we're just continuing rub, rub robe and expose edges. Base is just as important as this is the top. Even though we're going to be adding a top hat to the top one. We're ready. He's all painted. That'll be quite cute. So let's go ahead and just push that and like that. Important thing right now is to get rid of as many of these seems as possible. It's just easier NOW rather than when it's dry. I'm good with done there. Let's just work on up hair. At the same time. I like my sculptures are never very even. I like the texture. I think it gives a piece character rather than just a boring, straight steak that smooth. Especially if you steamed them because I like to make my stuff a little bit old the world. So I use a lot of stain and a more texture you have when you're stating at Could the more interest in the piece. So I think we're good with this now. This looks quite nice. And I'm just going to stand that up for a minute while I get more clay. In this next section, we're going to add the eyes. And little carrot knows. We will need a toothpick that and broke it up into three pieces. I'm just going to act at my finger in some water. And there's work out the size of the eyes that I want. It's a bit vague. So I'm going to try and get to even balls of clay hair. And these will be the eyes of the sculpture. And a little bit more off there. It's really just trial and error trying to get the size. And that's actually good. So we'll use those for the eyes. And we'll get another ball here. And this one, we're going to turn into a carrot shape. So once again, we don't want it too big. So we can just do that. It's his little face will be just like that. Quite cute. You can add texture to this carriage if you like. Kind of put that in there like that. Same with the eyes. I think this one might be a bit short, so I'm gonna break off another piece here. Let's see how that works. Alright. So after determine where am I going to put these eyes, I think I'm gonna put them fairly high up hair. So I'm gonna just add a little of that diluted glue and push them in place if the tooth because too long we couldn't just snip off the edge. It's not a big deal. And just make sure we smooth over its name with this one. I'm just going to go ahead and use a shorter piece then being it was too long for the other one. And we'll go ahead and push that in place also. You can determine how you want his eyes. I'll just add a bit of clay to cover that little part sticking out right there. At this stage, anything as a quick fix? We'll probably have to smooth it off a bit more after, but that's fine. So I like my eyes right there. And before I add my nose, it's supposed to be a carrot, so I'm just gonna go around it like that. It's given some carrot lines and texture like a carrot. Without trying to ruin it at the same time, of course, you have to do it very gently. And then once again, we're gonna add a little glue and push that in place right there. You go ahead and push that first. And then go ahead and put it like that. There we go. Now, this is our cute little snowman. He looks adorable RID. And ever so gently. And we're gonna drag or on these edges. Just seal it so it doesn't move around too much. I will probably get a paintbrush at this point to help me just smooth out under those edges. I don't want to do too much on the eyes. Those little bit SAR shore instill the toothpicks will just go back after it's dry and just move those out of it. And I mentioned to you you can use your paintbrush to smooth. I'd advise user no older paintbrush or one like this one. The edges are kind of, you know, Skew now, so I skew. So I will just use this to go under hair and smooth all of that area or are we just pulled down the clay? Press those family back toothpick is coming out of it again right here. But what we'll do is when we want it to dry, we'll just go ahead and fix that. If needed. Sometimes it doesn't even show or you can use it as part of the eyeball. So we'll see. So this little guys all covered and he's ready to be sets aside to dry. And then we'll come back. We'll do any sand and fix any cracks, fix those eyes if we need to and get him ready to be painted. 5. Sanding and Fixing Cracks : Our snowman is dry now. So we're going to smooth and a fix any cracks. I have a crack hair and a slight one there that probably happened because it was just drying so fast yesterday with the air conditioning on. Another problem I have right here is this little eye has come loose, but that can easily be fixed with some white glue. So I'm just going to move that out the way for a minute and show you how to fix this crack. This is the diluted white glue. I'm just pushing that down into those cracks. Getting a little wiggly of clay and just pushing it down into the correct. We can then smooth off the cracks, smooth off the clay rather, and leave it to dry. And then whenever things dry, we'll go over it with our sandpaper just for any finishing touches. So we just add a little damp Bingo to push that clay and smooth it off. Same down here, just just move that off. And if you've come across any more crack, some of them disappear when sanded. So to sand, we have our ultraviolets here. So this is a 220 grit sand in sponge. As you can see, just smoothed it quite nicely. So some of those will disappear with the smooth in the finer ones and the others you will need to fill. If that happened, if that should happen. I have sculptures. Sometimes it are fine. Other times I get cracks. It really just depends what's going on with the web at that day and if I have the air conditioning on or not. Another arm reason you'd get cracks as if you added too much water when you are smoothing. So this hair is 180 grit sandpaper, motors regular sandpaper you'd buy in a hardware store. When you need it. A bit rougher area to be smoothed, you can start with that. And then you can move on to the 220. Get out of these areas, these things gets I'm not too bothered about that right there can we will be sticking on a hat. So I am going to show you now how to secure these. So just get your group regular craft blues, fine. And we're gonna put some in the whole, I'm gonna put some under this one as well. Just to secure everything being it moved around a bit when it was drying. I don't want too much glue them. And then I'm gonna go ahead and stick those back in place. You can also put some between the eyes so they stick to each other nicely. And those should set up nicely and not shift anymore. As I said yesterday, I think everything was just trying way too fast. If you find that they're moving around tomorrow, jom USA tacky glue that we'll group them immediately and hold them in place. So I'm gonna set this little guy aside to dry and then when you dry, I'll just smooth out those areas again. And when we come back in our next lesson, where we'll begin to paint our sculpture. 6. Adding Gesso: Or sculptures now dry. Our areas have been fixed anywhere that have the cracks that need fixing. If the area that you fix needs at a little sanding, just go ahead and give it a little bit more sanding with their fine sandpaper. What I'm gonna do now is just give the sculpture a coat of Jesu. I'm using Liquitex basics. White just so any, just so you have on hand is fine. They have clear just so black just so as well as the white just so. And I think there's a company that even does color justice now. So this is very straightforward. Use a nice soft brush. So you end up with lines and just cover your sculpture with digest. So what Joe does is it seals this sculpture. It's like a primal. It's going to prevent, prevent the paint from being absorbed. By the way. Because it is Walter, sorry, it is a paper Klee. And those fibers are very absorbent. So the Jesu just helps with that. Sometimes you have to do it in stages because clearly where I'm holding no, I cannot add the Jessica too. So I will let the top dry and then come back and add Jesu to the base of the sculpture. 7. Painting Your Sculpture : Our snowman is dry now and ready to be painted. What I'm used to paint him is a mixture of titanium white, which is typical bright white paint. And I'm just adding a little, literally a little dab like that much to the titanium white just to take the edge off of the titanium white because it tends to be very bright. If you're not using these types of acrylics and you're using artist acrylics, just use white and then a little dab of something like vintage white or Antique White, I think is another popular color in the craft, acrylics. So paint in him is straightforward and nice brush. These pants are a bit thick so I am adding water. And go ahead and just give your entire sculpture. You don't have to paint the carrot knows of course, but do paid the eyes, because we're only going to be adding black to part of the eye. You shouldn't need to add water if you are using artists acrylics, I mean, sorry, the craft acrylics. These are heavy bodied, so there are bits take for what I'm doing there, what I had. So you might have to do this in two stages because right now I have nowhere to hold. So I'm gonna let it dry and then paint the back half of our snowman. Now it's time to move on to paint in the nose. Of course, it's a little carrot. So I'm using orange paint to paint it. Trying to go carefully around those edges. And we're going to switch to a smaller paint brush just to see if I can get in that area. As carefully as possible. And there we go. I think that looks pretty good. Good. I dare to turn around your sculpture painting because you see other areas that you'd missed before. I've gone a little orange paint on here can ensure arrow bit off. We can always go back over that. If need be. Acrylic paint. Is that you can easily cover up any mistakes. And sometimes cleaning it off like this works just fine. Same on this side, we have a little speck there. I think we've got it and we don't need to go back over that. So it's always good to keep a clean brush beside you. Preferably something with a flat tip like that that can just easily go in and get any paint off that you need to get off. Our noses all done. If it needs a second, cool. Go ahead and give it one. I just wanted to clean that area up before I did anything else. And then the next thing will be to add the black to the eyes. So let me get rid of that orange paint give this knows I quick dry. So we don't mess it up. And we're gonna use our posco Marco, basically an acrylic marker. Liquitex also has them and I'm sure there are many other brands depending on where you live, of course. So for the eyes, I'm just going to draw a circle and then fill it in. You can determine the size. You want to do it. I think I wanted to go, but I do prefer to start small because you can always go big, go very easily. And then I'm gonna do the other one. I'm just going to turn upside down to that news isn't in my way around that one up just a bit more. And that drive it. And then I'm gonna get my y dot. And we are finished with the painting. What you can do now is just gave your sculpture a coat of varnish. I use spray varnish and I will not be doing that on camera because I don't want my lens to get ruined. And also I prefer to do it outside or I have a fresh air. So go ahead and give you a sculpture, coats of varnish when it's dry. And in our next lesson, we will add the hat and the scarf. 8. Applying a Coat of Mod Podge: I'm now going to give him a poet of mod podge sparkle. It's a fabulous ClO. I like it a lot. It has a hint of glitter in it. And it's a really, really good for a whimsical ornaments. I use it a lot when I'm making my holiday ornaments. After you've finished covering and with the mod podge, go ahead and put him aside to dry. And in the next lesson we will attach our hat, make an attach our hat and our scarf. 9. Embellishing Your Sculpture: The final step for our snowman is to add his hat and his scarf we're going to need are felt. This is caught to about two inches by about seven inches, but it might vary according to the size of your snowman. So to what I did was I just kinda wrapped it around to get a measurement. And then that's how I decided to seven inches. So you're also going to need a piece of thread similar to your felt. And so the sizes and a needle, a pin will also be helpful to hold it in place while we're sewing it. If you're not one to, so then go ahead and use fabric glue to do this. So the first step is to measure around the head. That's where it's going to fasten on. And I'm gonna pin that in place. And then we're just going to quickly. So I'm not doing anything fancy. Just in and out. Of course, if you have a sewing machine handy, you can go ahead and stitch it that way. To make sure you have a really secure stitch. You can go back over it one more time if you like. Just to make sure if you are an M bribery person, you could do a nice back stitch along there. That would also be queued. And the main thing is to just make sure that it's secure. When you're finished, just go on the inside and just finish off and tie or not. And I just do that a couple of times just to make sure. And then I'll snip that off. Oh, great. I'm going to put that aside for just a minute. I'm going to use it one more time. So the next step is we're just going to free the edges. Maybe about half an inch. Joan. Be careful though when you're coming up to your seem not to cut where you joined at the two pieces. And where it was folded, he'll just have to go in and snip each of those. And there we go. That will be the palm, palm on the top. We're going to use our needle and thread one more time. So I'm just gonna go ahead and not that. And this time I'm gonna do big stitches. What I'm doing is gathering. So we're going to have to not that thread again. I'm sure if you're a seamstress or quilter, you'll know how to do this and much better than me. But for purposes of a snowman hat, I think this is good enough. So I'm gonna go ahead. Scott in and outs a couple of times right here just to make sure it's secure. Because I'm gonna be pulling it tight when I'm gathering it. Okay, great. So what I'm gonna do is come back up. And then I'm just gonna do fairly big stitches and not too too big, maybe a boat and the quarter inch. And I'm just going to go all the way around the base of the drills that we cut right there. So try to keep it as straight as possible. And I'm going to pause and just pull those tight. As you can see, we're just gathering. Lets do this all the way around. And I'll have to pull it when I'm finished. I think That's why I don't want the stitches too small because I want to be able to pull them in very tightly. Alright, so we're back where we started now. So I just want to tug and pull that in like that. As you can see, me turn that up a bit for you. There we go. That's a bit better. As you can see, the pump Tom part is coming together nicely. We can probably put a piece of yarn around this also. If you want to, of course. Or you can even wrap the thread a couple of times like that. And then go ahead. And fast met off. Make sure you fascinate tightly. I'm doing several knots for that reason. One more last one. And then I will cut it off. And there we go. It broke anyway. Now we can attach our scarf, which is quite simple to do. I'm going to wrap it around one side, slightly longer than the other. You'll see why in a minute. And then I'm just going to take the longest side, a fully under like Bat. Tighten it up a bit. And what we're gonna do is bring down the other side like that. But before I do that, I have my glue gun here, heats it up. And I'm just going to put just a little dot of glue under there just to hold that in place. And then I'm going to go ahead and add another dot of glue and follow that down. Okay, for the hat, we can kind of play around with it. Decide how we're going to put it on. I think I'm going to fold up to stuff like that to set the front part, give it some more character and then kind of do it lopsided. If you want to puffier a hat, you can use Gift direct tissue and put it in here before you stick it on. So I like that. Look at the front of the hat. I'm not gonna do it all the way around just that little bit. So decide where you're going to put it and then glue it in place. I'm gonna put the blue around my room because I don't want to drip and down the sides. Once I have my glue on, I'm just gonna gently bring her carefully bring that around. Well, that my little edges hair and just move it around until I'm happy with the placement. You have to work fast here for using a glue gun, of course. And there you have it. We're all finished. Our little snowman.