It is very cold here in Massachusetts! Only had a sprinkling of snow last week, but enough to make me reminisce and want to grab my ice skates and go to the Somerset marsh and skate.
Here are the basic steps I use to create the skate.
These are my handpainted ice skates., painting of the Brayton Homestead, of course. I painted them in a primitive style- aka- giant snowman the size of a house.
First I painted the skates entirely with white paint, including blades and lace openings. I sketched the house on one piece of paper, the snowman on another, cut around the edges of
each and kept moving the shapes around until I liked it. Then traced the shapes.
I made a straight line with a little curve for the snow, painted a deep blue around the house and snowman, even the lace openings, the painted in details. Remember in this naive primitive style, you are not looking for perfection! I glazed over the snow and the snowman with a thinned out gold paint and completed the skates with a gingham check fabric scrap for laces and a hand painted bells as snowmen.
Try painting your house!
You can always take a photograph and trace it-
Let me know if you have any questions.
stay dry and warm and thanks coming by the homestead.
IMAGES: all Brayton Homestead Interiors