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Chore Chart Racing Snails

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Chore Chart Racing Snails

The short story "Alex and the Snail Race" has inspired a number of cute snail crafts. One favorite is creating snail magnets that kids can use on refrigerator chore charts. 

Materials and supplies needed to paint a wooden magnet to look like a snail

Supplies Needed:

  • assortment of paints ( for this tutorial we are using light orange, medium orange, dark orange, dark green, light green, yellow, black, white and brown)
  • sanded 1 inch wooden rounds
  • pencil
  • fine liner brush
  • round brush
  • magnets
  • glue

 

Instructions:

Draw your snail out on the wooden round.

drawing the snail shell and head onto the wooden round with a pencil

 

Using the round tip brush, paint the darkest areas of your snail shell with the dark orange. Paint the body of your snail in dark green.

first round of paint painted onto the wooden snail magnet in this how to paint a snail diy tutorial

 

 Using the round tip brush, fill in the gaps between the dark orange with a medium orange colour. It is okay if you overlap. 

finishing the base coats of paint painted onto the wooden snail magnet in this how to paint a snail diy tutorial

Using the round tip brush, go over the middle of the medium orange with light orange to add highlights to the shell.

adding the highlights onto the wooden snail magnet in this how to paint a snail diy tutorial

Using the liner brush, paint a thin brown line in the middle of the dark orange following the swirl. Add little curved lines here and there coming out of the main swirl to help show roundness of the shell.Paint the shell part closest to the snail body with brown.  

adding the shadows onto the wooden snail magnet in this how to paint a snail diy tutorial

Using the round brush, paint bright green on the snail's body, leaving some dark green to show shadows.

adding brightness onto the wooden snail magnet in this how to paint a snail diy tutorial

 

Dip the handle of the liner brush in white paint and place two white dots for the eyes. With the brush part of the liner brush, paint some yellow highlights on the body of the snail.

detailing the painted eyes onto the wooden snail magnet in this how to paint a snail diy tutorial  

 

Using the liner brush, paint white dots on the snail shell and snail nose.Paint most of the eye black, leaving a little bit of white peaking through for eye highlights. You may need to go back around the eye with a bit of green to make eyelids. Outline the snail body and eyes in black.

finishing the fine details of paint painted onto the wooden snail magnet in this how to paint a snail diy tutorial

 

Repeat the steps using different colours for the snail shells on other wooden rounds. When paint is dry, glue a magnet to the back of each snail.

orange, blue and purple wooden snail magnets painted by Canadian artist Miriam Handfield

  • Miriam Handfield