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Old 08-13-2013, 04:48 AM   #1
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I am using watercolour paints to colour in a scene with lots of snow. And halfway through painting this scene I realised, I have NO idea how to colour snow! *facepalms*

What do people do with snow themed stamps? This stamp involves snow on trees/buildings/cartoon animals, snow on the ground and also snowballs. Does each "type" of snow have a different technique, or does once technique cover all?
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So first notice my location, no snow where I live. For snow on the ground I usually tear card stock or put down some liquid adhesive and use a grater on the card stock and let it pile up. If it is snow on the ground from a stamp I use glitter. Also snow on trees I use glitter. Sometimes like on a snowman I shade blue very lightly. Sometimes I use that stuff that puffs up white, sorry I don't know what it is called. I use it for whipped cream on top of hot chocolate and on marshmallows. Most of the time though I just don't stamp snow.
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If you're colouring, you would just do the shadows. I usually use a bluish/purplish grey colour. You can see a couple examples I did with a snowman and polar bears here:


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you can also use white Flower Soft or flocking for snow on the ground.
if I need to color it I also use my lightest blue/grey/purple markers/pencils and then blend it
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Brilliant suggestions, thank you! I shall have to experiment!
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When I did a snow scene it had places for shading and I just used a Copic BG10 Cool Shadow. Worked like a charm.
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So first notice my location, no snow where I live. For snow on the ground I usually tear card stock or put down some liquid adhesive and use a grater on the card stock and let it pile up. If it is snow on the ground from a stamp I use glitter. Also snow on trees I use glitter. Sometimes like on a snowman I shade blue very lightly. Sometimes I use that stuff that puffs up white, sorry I don't know what it is called. I use it for whipped cream on top of hot chocolate and on marshmallows. Most of the time though I just don't stamp snow.
Liquid appliqué. Works great for snow. I've found it online at Jo-Ann's.
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For falling snow on a white background, flick masking fluid from a stiff toothbrush onto the image before colouring. Search you tube for masking fluid and resist or batik.

Strategic highlights can be put in with white acrylic paint, or gel or paint pens.

Flocking makes good snow too.
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Cat_Woman, your examples are exquisite! The OP could not have asked for better. The suggestions from others using torn paper, glitter, liquid aplique, flower soft and flocking for dimension are all excellent ideas. For that, I have also used ordinary cotton balls torn and stretched to the desired shape and applied with white glue---very old school with an emphasis on "school."
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Excellent question! Answers are great and Cat-Woman, your polar bears shading is perfect. Going to try and see what I can do now.
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thanks ladies. Sometimes, the simplest and quickest method to colouring turns out the best. I think it took me all of about 3 minutes to colour the polar bears. Now, it probably took me another 6 hours to pick out the papers, ribbon, etc.
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Sorry bout not replying again, not been well. I am about to try the purple/grey shading, thank you for the brilliant ideas!
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Thumbs up Idea for snow..

I have found that I can use liquid white out, the bottle not the pen with the sponge tip. You just dab it on and it creates a raised surface that looks like a little pile of snow. Experiment on scrap paper first and see how you like it. I sometimes use it for clouds. edit, forgot to add that the white out should be on the clumpy side to leave the raised snow effect. If it gets too thick you can add a few drops of water and shake...

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Who needs a rainy day when you have a snowy day! Create you own winter wonderland with colorful buckets of snow. This is an easy and entertaining way to teach kids about primary and secondary colors while they giggle and smile..
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Lol, we are so into techniques and product that we've all forgotten the "original" stampers dimensional: embossing powder. It's what got me hooked as a stamper to begin with.
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