Holiday Carving / Patterns & Projects

Carving a Snowman Sign

Betty Padden demonstrated how to paint a snowman with acrylic paints in Woodcarving Illustrated Holiday 2014 (Issue 69).

In order to paint the carving exactly as Betty did, we’ve provided a downloadable pdf with step-by-step photos of how to carve the snowman along with the snowman pattern.


Basswood blank, 2″ (51mm) thick: 8 3/4″ x 14″ (222mm x 356mm)
Acrylic paint, professional quality: titanium white, Payne’s grey, yellow light, naphthol crimson, burnt sienna, raw sienna, raw umber, black
Tin foil (mixing paint)
Paper towels (for wiping brushes)

Container for water
Brushes: synthetic and bristle in a variety of sizes
Spray bottle of water

CLICK HERE to download the step-by-step instructions.

CLICK HERE to download the Snowman Plaque Pattern.


For more information read Betty Padden’s Lettering & Sign Carving Workbook. It gives a contemporary look at a nostalgic craft with updated techniques and a fresh variety of styles for carving and painting a variety of signs for the home, summer cottage, or basement bar. The book is available for $19.95 plus S&H from

Read more great articles from Woodcarving Illustrated Fall 2014 (Issue 68) here.



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