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12 Days of Christmas Cards, Holly

2015-11-28

Some lovely holly leaves and berries for your Christmas cards! This card is something a beginner artist could easily paint.

DIY Christmas Card holly watercolor painting

Holly is fun and easy to paint!





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I always decorate my front door with holly, since I have several hollies looking beautiful during the holiday season. Holly is traditionally placed around entries to ward off evil spirits.

I don't know if that works, but I'm always pretty cheerful during the holidays! :)

This card should only take a few minutes to paint, perfect for busy holidays.





Materials

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5" x 7" Strathmore Watercolor Cards

Pigment List

All paints I use are M. Graham transparent watercolors, except white gouache. Other brands I recommend are Daniel Smith and Schminke.

  • Azo Yellow

  • Quinacridone Red

  • Maroon Perylene

  • Pthalocyanine Green

DIY Christmas Cards Materials
  • Gold Embossing Powder



    Christmas Card Painting Steps

    Christmas Card holly 1

    1. I start out with pthalocyanine green. I loosely brush in the holly leaves, leaving plenty of white paper.

    Next, the first round of splatter paint!

    Christmas Card holly 2

    2. Now I drip maroon perylene into the leaves and splatter the deep red around the painting. I want a bit more red than just the tiny berries, so I paint swathes of red in the background, keeping the red and green mixing.

    Let this dry completely!










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    3. Next I add some touches of yellow just to warm it up. I want the lovely holiday glow.

    4. After this has dried some, use white gouache to paint highlights on the berries. Don't be too precise - smudge them with your finger.

    I can stop at this stage. Or...

    Christmas Card holly watercolor painting

    5. Play with some gold embossing powder.

    I splattered water on the painting, then sprinkled the gold powder on. Spread it all over the card, then bump it off onto a clean sheet of paper, spilling it back into the jar.

    You can use a hairdryer to melt the gold embossing powder from underneath.

    Have fun playing with this little card. It's a fun happy one to do for the holidays.

    You could line up 6 cards in a row, painting one wash of each, but don't paint them all the same. Have fun trying out different compositions and combinations. A limited palette lets you really see the composition.


    Merry Christmas and a Joyful Holiday to All!
    Jennifer Branch

    12 Days of Christmas Cards

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