Paint A Watercolor Gnome In A Few Easy Steps

Today I want to show you how to paint a watercolor gnome in a few easy steps. I recently used a gnome I knit a few years ago as inspiration to paint one in watercolor. I will show you the steps I used to paint this fun little gnome that could be used for a holiday decoration or card.How to paint a watercolor gnome in a few easy steps from

I used a gnome I knit a few years ago as inspiration to paint a winter gnome in watercolor-myflowerjournal.comI love this little gnome I knit a few years ago from an Alan Dart pattern. One night I decided to try painting it in watercolor. I had so much fun with this project that I have now painted several gnomes. Here’s a few photos showing how I painted my next gnome in watercolor.Photo tutorial showing how to paint a watercolor winter gnome from


Daniel Smith watercolors or this set, watercolor paper, Molotow paint pen, mechanical pencil with .3 mm lead, brushes


1. The first photo shows how I drew the simple body shape of the knit gnome. Then I added a hat, arms and other features. I did this example in pink and green to make it easier for you to see.

2. Use a light pencil to sketch your gnome on watercolor paper following the first example. Keep it simple. You can add more details as you paint.

3. Next I added watercolor starting with his hat, then his clothes and boots. When I painted his clothes I had to be careful to leave white for his beard. The last step was painting his nose and adding a little rosy color to his cheeks and some light gray strokes on his beard.

4. When the watercolor was dry I used a white Molotow paint pen to add strands of hair to his beard. (A white gel pen would also work.) After the paint pen dried I added some very fine pencil lines that also looked like the hair in his beard. I kept adding white paint pen then pencil until I was happy with his beard. I also used my pencil to add a thick and thin outline around his hat and in a few other places. To finish I added a shadow under his feet and some paint splatters and snowflakes.

The knit one had a simple body shape that made it easier for me to draw it. Here’s another gnome I did with a little different hat and pointy shoes. By changing the colors and details you can create a variety of winter or holiday gnomes.Another idea for a watercolor winter gnome that can be painted in a few easy steps from

Here’s how I created a watercolor leprechaun following the same steps!
Follow my tutorial to Paint A Watercolor Leprechaun In A Few Easy Steps

Read about how to paint or embroider this gnome here.Free Holiday Gnome Drawing to Watercolor or Embroider from

If you like gnomes you may enjoy this book!

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24 Responses to Paint A Watercolor Gnome In A Few Easy Steps

  1. Your knitted gnome is absolutely adorable. The paintings are so charming. Making me want to make Christmas cards. Thanks for details and product selection.

  2. I’m sorry, I am just seeing that you did post the pattern. Thank you, I will have to purchase this, it’s so adorable!

  3. I always wanted to paint but it just never looks like anything when I do it. This looks like something I might be able to do, because of your instructions. I am going to get some water colors. I am also learning Zentangle and can use the water colors with that also. Thank you for the detailed instructions.

  4. Just a general question—if I use your gnome tutorial to draw gnomes and if I then painted them on cards and sold them, is that allowed or not under copyright laws? I don’t want to overstep on an artists original work—I want to be fair! I e been having so much fun painting them, and hope to check out more of your tutorials this year.

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