It was about this time last year that I bought this decorative shovel at an estate sale. It took awhile but I finally decided how I wanted to repaint it.
It was OK, but I wanted it to be more whimsical.
Here is what I began with.
I used 3 colors of acrylic paint, orange, black and green plus black and white chalk paint.
I like to use paper plates for my paint palate. A lot of the time I can let it dry completely when I am done and just peel it off the plate and use it again.
The first thing I did was to paint the metal portion black and let it dry.
Next I added the shape of the snowman's face with white chalk paint leaving the edges a little feathered and let that dry. I applied a pretty thick coat to give it some texture.
I painted the nose on the raised area of the shovel with orange and added black eyes and mouth.
At the top I painted greenery on each side of the head with the green paint.
Next I tied a red snowflake ribbon to the top of his head.
And added faux snow to the greenery and the face.
And here he is all dressed for the Christmas season.