12 Days of Christmas Cards, Ornaments

2015-11-25

Sparkly ornaments are just part of Christmas decorations. They make us smile and enjoy the winter sparkle. Here's how to paint them!

DIY Christmas Card ornaments





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.

  • Nickel Azo Yellow

  • Quinacridone Red

  • Maroon Perylene

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Cobalt Teal

  • Cobalt Violet

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Pthalocyanine Green

  • White Gouache

  • Wax Crayon

DIY Christmas Cards Materials

Pen and Ink

Dip Pen and Ink for Christmas cards.

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

Christmas Card Painting Steps

Christmas Card Ornaments 1

1. I use a wax crayon to reserve some of the sparkly highlights.

2. I paint the red first, using both maroon perylene and quinacridone red. Leave some holes for whites.

3. I loosely paint the green ball with pthalo green. The I start silver balls with nickel azo yellow.

Paint this card very loosely!

 DIY Christmas Card Ornaments 2

4. I paint a Christmas tree reflection on the balls. You have to have fun!

Don't forget splatter paint!

Let this dry.





Christmas Card Ornaments 3

5. Now I drip in some shadows and shape the ornaments with darker versions of the same colors. Don't forget they reflect on each other!

Let this dry completely.

Christmas Card ornaments watercolor painting tutorial


6. A few squiggles with pen and ink and it's a cheerful Christmas card!



These lovely Christmas cards are sure to bring a sparkle to someone's mail box!

This is another great opportunity to practice reflective surfaces and light. Get a handful of shiny ornaments in different colors (varying the colors makes it easier and you get their reflections.) For bonus points, you can place them on a mirror!

Now, paint this quickly! Just try to get the idea of the sparkly balls, not paint every line. You don't need strong darks, since you're finishing up with the pen and ink.

Have fun with this one. Just let your brush dance!


Merry Christmas and a Joyful Holiday to All!
Jennifer Branch



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Disclaimer: Jennifer Branch Gallery is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Most items can be bought multiple places. PaintingWatercolor.com is supported by affiliate and advertising links.
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