Learn how to paint a Christmas gnome using basic shapes and craft supplies. In this step-by-step beginner painting tutorial, you will create an adorable tomte tangled up in Christmas lights.
Plan on taking about 45 minutes to create this guy and a day or so for drying and sealing. Grab some paintbrushes, acrylic paint, and a pencil to get started.
How to Paint a Christmas Gnome – All Tangled Up!
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Each week, I have at least one email asking me how to paint gnomes (see, it’s not just me who loves these cuties). I often send those requests to my Christmas gnome rock painting tutorial or, if it’s spring, the tutorial I made on how to restore a garden gnome.
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That said, I get many emails back asking for an actual scene. Friends, I am NOT a painter – really. I like to doodle, both with pen and paper and digitally, but I’m not trained in any of this stuff. So as one amateur to another, let’s get get to painting, step by step.
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Tips for Making This Easy Holiday Craft
- Don’t have a wooden tag on hand? No problem – any blank will do. Paint on rocks (I love sharing rock painting ideas) a canvas, wood blocks, cups, tumblers… The possibilities are endless and are probably in your craft stash.
- In this tutorial, I used chalk and acrylic paints. That said, all chalk or all acrylic can be used – I just used what I had on hand and you can, too.
- Do not skip the white paint step! It’s going to be the reason acrylic paint colors POP on wood or canvas.
- This shape, when kept to about 8-ish inches, can be done in under an hour. That said, you can break this up into different stages except for the parts in which you’re adding highlights and shadows (the paint should be wet).
- When making this holiday gnome, I used both a Posca pen in black and acrylic paint with a fine-liner brush. Use one, use both – it doesn’t matter because they are interchangeable.
- Do not skip on the sealant because it protects your hard work AND it can really change the look of the piece. Be sure to watch the video and you’ll see the difference.
If you want to use my drawing as a reference, screen shot this or keep it open on your phone:
Step by Step: How to Paint a Christmas Gnome Tutorial
Below is the written and printable tutorial, however, I can’t do a step by step of the actual drawing portion. I encourage you to watch the full-length ‘how to paint a gnome for Christmas’ tutorial here on YouTube.
In the video tutorial, you will see how I use basic shapes to create a gnome. Additionally, you’ll see how simple (and fun) it is to add highlights and shadows, even when you don’t know how to paint!
More Painting and Gnome Crafts You Might Like
- Wine Bottle Gnome – Make a statement with this wine bottle gnome, a bit of fur, and some paint (you won’t believe how SMOOTH it looks).
- Christmas Rock Painting Ideas – From gnomes to gingerbread houses, paint a few of these for rock hiding or gifts.
- Adorable Summer Gnome Painted Rock – Let this cute little guy inspire you with a bright, fun palette.
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