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12 Days of Christmas Cards, Retro Lights

2015-11-19

Retro Christmas lights are such a fun little card. This card is something a beginner artist could easily paint!
DIY Christmas Card light watercolor painting

Retro lights are fun and easy to paint!

This card should only take a few minutes to paint!





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Materials

Cards

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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.

  • Cadmium Yellow

  • Nickel Azo Yellow

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Quinacridone Red

  • Maroon Perylene

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Pthalocyanine Green

DIY Christmas Cards Materials

Fun Stuff!

Dip Pen and Ink for Christmas cards.

Pen and Ink

Dip Pen Holder
Dip Pen Nib, Hunt Drawing Nib #99
Zig Cartoonist Highly Opaque Pen Ink, Black

  • Gold Embossing Powder



    Christmas Card Painting Steps

    Christmas Card Retro Lights 1

    1. Paint the bright colored lights. If you're a beginner, let them dry at this stage - it'll be easier!

    Christmas Card Retro Lights 2

    2. Paint the cords with pthalo green dulled with burnt sienna or maroon perylene. Let it dry.





    Christmas Card Retro Lights 3

    3. Next have some fun splattering paint and water to loosen up the painting! Let it dry completely.

    Before you use pen and ink, always make certain your painting is dry, otherwise it will bleed muddy black into everything!

    4. Scribble some with pen and ink. Don't outline everything, just a bit.

    5. Play with some gold embossing powder. You can use a hairdryer to dry it from underneath.

    Christmas Card light watercolor painting

    Have fun with this one!


    Merry Christmas and a Joyful Holiday to All!
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