Fearless Friday, Nutcracker

When time is limited and I want to get a quick art session in,

I like to use pens and markers

I keep them handy on a tiered tray by my favorite spot

Today we are going to draw and color a nutcracker,

just like we did with the Festive Snowman last week, and this time

I made a printable for you to color and experiment with

Once again, you start with simple shapes and “build” your nutcracker

My lines were getting a little wonky so I grabbed a 6″ ruler for guidance

A short ruler is easy to store or put in your travel kit and comes in handy

Once I was happy with his body, I added details

Then I used a fine liner pen to go over the pencil sketch

and erased the pencil

Here is a free printable for you to color

you can download it here

When coloring I always start with the colors I know I want to use~

in this case, black

I put a patch of gray in the center of his hat for a highlight

I added brown for his hair and beard and yellow for his gold accessories

I colored his shoes the same way I did his hat

I decided to go with blue and red for his uniform

and added diagonal lines to make stripes on his legs

to make him a little more festive

Candy cane legs!

I colored his face and eyes

Then I decided to add green to make him a Christmas nutcracker

Then my favorite dotted background to finish

Nutcracker, 9″ x 12″ with ink and marker on mixed media paper

Coloring is a nice way to relax while you’re watching Christmas movies 🎄

Have fun and Be Fearless!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

Oh My Heartsie Girl / Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest

Karin’s Cottage Linky Party / Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

Whimsey Home Wednesday Full Plate Thursday

Creatively Crafty/ Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade/ Home Matters

23 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Nutcracker”
  1. Mary says:

    Super cute Jenna! You’re so sweet to share printables of your art for download to your readers. Merry Friday. ♥

  2. He’s a real cutie, Jenna! I loved your detailed instructions. (Always do!)

  3. I love watching your step-by-step process, and this nutcracker is not scary at all!

  4. Marsha says:

    So incredibly sweet, Jenna. Perfect for the mantel with colorful balls, gift-wrapped boxes and greenery. I would love to be able to draw and paint. Such talent!

  5. Jenna, as you know, we love nutcrackers. I will show the process to EM and see if she can draw a nutcracker. Thank you for the tutorial…Merry Friday!

  6. lghiggins says:

    I love nutcrackers. I have a collection and have also made a Christmas tradition of giving nutcrackers to my granddaughters. Your tutorial is great as always!

  7. Jill Kuhn says:

    I love the candy cane legs! ❤️ I enjoyed seeing your process, Jenna.

  8. A very charming nutcracker and I enjoyed the how-to steps!

  9. Debbee says:

    Great tutorial Jenna and such a cute figure!

  10. Kim says:

    Jenna, your nutcracker is adorable and I loved the tutorial! I smiled when you brought the ruler out and it would be exactly what I would need should I try and draw it myself lol. I hope you are having a merry Christmas week!

  11. Jenna, acabo de conocer tu blog, hoy nos dejas un adorable Cascanueces y con un tutorial sencillo y práctico. ¡Me encanta!, muchas gracias y Felices fiestas

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