This simple chalk pastel technique is an easy way to create a quick snowman drawing (or an anything drawing) perfect for a holiday card or a quick snowy afternoon project!
Choosing you subject….
This little snowman drawing doesn’t have to be a snowman drawing. True fact. Snowmen make a perfect subject for this time of year and their shapes are super simple which make them just perfect for this chalk pastel technique. Choose any simple shape you like, holiday related or not. Trace your chosen shapes into thin cardboard or tag board and cut them out. I like to use cereal boxes for this type of thing because I’m a recovering hoarder of all things that could maybe, someday be used for crafting.
Silhouette drawing with pastels….
Kids will need to hold their cardboard snowman shape with one hand while tracing around the shape with a chalk pastel with the other hand. Use one color, just to keep it simple. If you’re working with really little kids they could even take turns to eliminate the issue of holding the cardboard still and drawing at the same time.
The tracing line should be nice and thick. If needed kids could go around their snowman with another round of color before lifting their cardboard stencil.
We did this on blank white note cards. This chalk pastel technique is a super simple way to quickly produce lots of cards really quickly. My kids loving making personalized cards but generally strat really strong and then run out of ambition just as quickly! This method means they can make more than one or two!
Check out this post for another super easy process perfect for making holiday cards!
Smearing the line…
Now for the fun part. Lay just the pad of the pointer finger on the chalk outline. Quickly and softly brush your finger from the line outward away from the shape itself. This should be quick and easy and really makes the kid’s shapes “pop!” If the kids keep working on this it’s possible to end up with a muddy mess. Smear and move on!
If time and space allow it’s a good idea to “fix” the chalk pastel using art fixative like this one. The next best choice is to spray the pastel drawing with a cheap aerosol hairspray. Think the 80’s.
Add details to your snowman drawing….
Grab a set of washable markers and add some details to your drawing. Whether it’s a snowman, a Christmas tree, or something else this is the time to add a few colorful details within the silhouette.
While you have those chalk pastels out check these other ways to use them!