Freehand Watercoloring Snow People with Distress Ink Reinkers

I have never had the courage to just start creating freehand with a brush…the fear to fail was so strong. But I think I am at the part in my art journey where curiosity trumps fear and I may have also internalized the “just one life” truism. Inspired by @sandyallnock, I started playing with my distress ink reinkers this morning in my watercolor journal. These freehand watercolor snow people are what resulted.

Family of Snowpeople created with Distress Ink Reinkers

“I wonder what it would look like if I could make snow people in spring or summer…” said my six-year-old while drinking her hot cocoa. “Let’s make a painting and find out,” I replied.  So what you see next is what ensued.

@sandyallnock’s snowman video may have just been the creative jumpstart I needed to indulge in this kind of free play! These snow people are so easy to create that I thought I’d share my quick watercoloring process with you. Trust me — it’s easy! I had never painted anything freehand, without it sketching it before, prior to this exercise. If I can do it, surely you can, too!

These freehand watercolor snow people are far from “perfect” but they bring me joy. I hope you like this whimsical style of watercoloring just as much as I do and will give it a try.


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Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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