12 Days of Christmas Cards, Cardinal
5" x 7" Strathmore Watercolor Cards
All paints I use are M. Graham transparent watercolors, except white gouache. Other brands I recommend are Daniel Smith and Schminke.
- Nickel Azo Yellow
- Cadmium Red
- Maroon Perylene
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cobalt Teal
- Quinacridone Rust
Christmas Card Painting Steps
Start bright and bold with cadmium red in a strong drybrush. You want a lot of the white paper sparkling through so keep your strokes loose.
Start layering over the quickly drying wash. These wood pulp cards soak up moisture like a sponge so you don't have too long to wait.
Keep using your saturated dry brush to loosely rough in the bird. You do not want detail at this stage, just big shapes.
I add a subtle bright green with nickel azo yellow and cobalt teal mixed. I'm letting the bird dry a minute before I finish up details so now is the time to do the leaves.
Naturally, I finish with splatter paint!
I use a rigger to paint most of the details of the cardinal's mask. I want the little light flecks to show through the mask like glistening feathers.
This quick and easy Cardinal Christmas Card will only take you a few minutes, so try it! Keep your drawing and painting very loose. This cheerful card won't be improved by too much detail.
I love how this little bird turned out, fluffy on a cold winter day.
Merry Christmas and Happy Painting!
Merry Christmas and a Joyful Holiday to All!