Thank you so much for bringing our Snowman Tray DIY in a BOX into your home! We're super excited about this project & all the fun ways you can make it uniquely yours with the chalk & paint that's included in each BOX. We put together a few tips & tricks to get you started with this project, but you can also check out our General Tips video by clicking HERE.
The first step with this chalkboard tray is to take the flat brush & begin with the outline on the bottom third of the Snowman & then carefully fill it in by bringing the brush up to the edge of the tray. The idea is to do one part of the snowman at a time & when you do the next section it will overlap the top of the previous one (see photo). Also, if you find that you make mistake with the tray it dries fairly quickly so leave it & come back.
One thing that I find so wonderful about working with chalkboard is that you can decide whether you want full coverage with the paint or partial. So when the white & bright green dry you'll see a bit of that darker, chalkboard color work its way through in certain sections giving texture to your snowman. If you'd prefer a solid paint look, all you need to do is add a second coat after the first dries & before painting any of the snowman details.
To create the sign I switched to the small round brush & take a bit of white & silver out of the paint pots & put them on a plate or pallet. Essentially the same as when you're cooking, you want a reserve that clean un-mixed color in the pots for future use. You can really get get creative with the sign & make it any color you'd like. I did a mix of white & silver, then a touch of brown toward the end.
One quick note- all those chalk lines that stick out further than your paint are fine. Just a bit of water on your fingertip can wipe them right off after the paint dries.
For the details I like to start with the snowman's nose & the first step is a little sideways smile in the center of the face, then turning that into a cone shape. I find it easier to start small with the nose because it's a lot less difficult to add paint than take away/cover. Also note that you may need to do two coats with the orange to get a solid color.
For the eyes, smile & buttons take the back of the flat brush & dip it in the black paint, then dot each onto the snowman. For the arms, go about an inch into the middle circle past where the chalkboard arm line is & dip your brush in brown then a smidge of white on your mixing plate to get a lighter bark color.
With the hat & scarf I did the bright green first & then after waiting a few moments added the alternating color & stripes. Using either brush works here, but starting with the round & filling in with flat is a good way to start.
The last step I like to do is take the back of the small round brush & add a touch of silver to each eye on the Snowman.
After you're done there will be plenty of paint left to add your own twist to the project. The back of the flat brush dipped in white or silver make for a perfect snowflake or to make a pile of snow at the base of the snowman/sign just dip the flat brush in white & splotch; or take the chalk & draw on your own accents to paint over!