We are already seeing some amazing Valentine’s Day creations from you artists. Today we want to share with you a design that is super popular this year: 3D gnome tumblers! Misty Leonard of MD Leonard Designs is showing us how to make a Valentine’s Day gnome tumbler using Poxy Sculpt and it is just too darn cute! 

When we see that our artists are producing beautiful new designs but are struggling to find the perfect products for them we try to make those products for you! That’s why we developed Poxy Sculpt. It is a sculptable epoxy that is perfect for all your 3D art needs. It is especially wonderful for tumblers like this adorable Valentine’s Day gnome tumbler! If you want to know more about Poxy Sculpt check out our blog post: Introducing Poxy Sculpt, All your Questions answered. In that post we tell you everything you need to know about this awesome new product. You can also see what your fellow artists are saying about it in our Counter Culture DIY Artist Support group on Facebook. In today’s post Misty is showing you how to create this little sweetie and we think you’re going to love the process! 

how to make a valentine's day gnome tumbler

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Gnome Tumbler

Gnomes have been popular for a few years now but the 3D version of gnome tumblers have recently hit the scene of the resin community. It is easy to see why they’re so popular, there is just something so adorable about these little cuties! The best part is that they can be customized to fit any holiday or design style. Add shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, flags for 4th of July, you get the idea! They could also be customized to fit your customers’ jobs or hobbies. A little stethoscope and your gnome is a healthcare worker. A hammer and hard hat and you have yourself a construction worker. You could easily have each member of the Village People with a few simple design tweaks! (Did we just date ourselves there?) The point is that there are so many things you can do with these adorable tumblers! 

A note about color…

So obviously you will want to color your Poxy Sculpt. There are a couple of ways you can do this. You can either mix Dispersion Color right into your Poxy Sculpt before you use it or paint it after you’ve sculpted. You’ll see in the video that Misty loves to paint so that’s how she colors her gnome. She says that, if you’re using Dispersion Colors, you can basically start painting right away. If you would rather use acrylics it is probably best to wait for the next day. We love the ombre braids Misty gave this little gal. And check out those leopard print bows too! 

how to make a valentine's day gnome tumbler

These gnomes look like they would be difficult to do but once you see how to do it you’ll see how manageable it is! And it’s also a lot of fun. You start with a wine tumbler that has been coated in glitter and Artist Resin and then start sculpting away! The Poxy Sculpt hardens but does not dry out while curing so you won’t have to worry about cracking or shrinking. It also adheres itself to your tumbler so there’s no need for any additional adhesive. We like to try and make your lives simpler in any way that we can and are so excited for you to try this product! 

How to Make a Valentine's Day Gnome Tumbler

Materials

Instructions

  • Start by prepping your tumbler like you normally would. Sand it then apply your base coat color and method of choice. Next, add your first layer of Artist Resin with glitter and allow that to cure. Apply a second layer of Artist Resin to your glitter layer so that you have a smooth surface to work with.
  • Pull out a small amount of Parts A and B of the Poxy Sculpt and roll them each into a small ball. Make sure each ball is the same size (add or take away what you need to in order to make them the same size) and then smoosh them together. Smoosh may not be a technical term but it's sort of like kneading dough. Misty shows you exactly how she does this in the video tutorial above!
  • Start by sculpting your nose first. Take off a small amount of combined Poxy Sculpt and roll it in your hand to get a round ball.
  • Gently place your nose onto the tumbler where you want it and press down slightly. Use your finger to smooth out any bumps or fingerprints by gently rubbing or tapping it.
  • Next form the beard. Take a small amount of combined Poxy Sculpt and flatten it out. Place it onto the tumbler just under the nose and make it a beard shape. Use a tool of some sort (tooth pick or sculpting tool) to add texture to the beard.
  • Now it's time for the hat! Stand your cup up straight so you don't flatten your hat. Take a bit of combined Poxy Sculpt and roll it out into a longish strip. Drape that over his nose and gently pat it in place going around to the back of the tumbler. This is the hat brim.
  • Next, flatten out another portion of combined Poxt Sculpt and add it to the tumbler above the hat brim. Smash it down to flatten it just be careful when you get down to the rim. Trim off any excess at the rim of the cup then smooth the hat out as little or as much as you want.
  • If you want your hat to have texture you can use a toothpick or sculpting tools to make lines or a straw or paint brush end to make polka dots. Whatever you want!
  • For the next part of the hat flatten another piece and add it to the side of the hat to make the stocking part of the hat. Taper it towards the bottom. Next, roll up another small ball for the ball of the hat and add texture to it if you want to.
  • Use the Poxy Sculpt in molds to make hearts, bows, or whatever other decorations you want for your gnome. After 3 hours remove them from the molds and add them to your tumbler. If you want to add braids, watch the end of this video to see how to do it.
  • When you are done with your sculpting use a baby wipe to clean up any spots of Poxy Sculpt.
  • If using Dispersion Colors you can start painting the tumbler right away, just be careful not to push too hard with your brush. If you are using acrylics then wait for the next day to start painting. Once your paints are dry apply a final coat of Artist Resin and allow it to cure completely and you're done!

The Wrap Up…

So that’s it friends! An adorable 3D tumbler that is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion. We can’t wait to see what you do with this design! Try different tools for texture, different molds for additions, even stamps or embossing rollers could be used to add detail. There is no limit to what you can do with these gnomes or our new Poxy Sculpt. Happy crafting friends! 

how to make a valentine's day gnome tumbler

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