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12 Days of Christmas Cards, Poinsettia

2015-11-23

A cheerful poinsettia is a lovely watercolor bouquet on a Christmas card for someone special. Here's how to paint it!

A cheerful poinsettia for your Christmas cards.

A cheerful poinsettia for your Christmas 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.

  • Azo Yellow

  • Quinacridone Red

  • Maroon Perylene

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Pthalocyanine Green

  • White Gouache

Christmas Card Painting Steps

Christmas Card Poinsettia 1

1. I start by loosely sketching the poinsettia flower in maroon perylene. Don't forget the splatter paint!
Let this dry completely.

Paint this card very loosely!

 DIY Christmas Card Poinsettia 2

2. Next I dash quinacridone red around the petal to warm them up.

I use a mix of pthalo green and azo yellow for the leaves. I want bright shots of green contrasting with the red.

Let this dry.





Christmas Card Poinsettia 3

3. I add just a few loose details with my #14 round brush.

I darken around the center with ultramarine blue.

Christmas Card poinsettia watercolor painting tutorial


4. I dash in a few details with my rigger and maroon perylene.

5. My final step is to paint the center with white gouache and azo yellow for a bright contrast.



This is such an easy and cheerful card to send to a friend at Christmas. This definitely makes my list of the quick cards, but it's very good practice at painting flowers too.

If you've never painted a poinsettia (or even if you have), this is a great excuse to get a merry poinsettia for your mantle. Look at the leaf veins and shapes. Notice that the flowers are simply adding color to leaves so the green merges to red.

I hope you put on some Chrismas music and have a lovely time letting your brush dance!


Merry Christmas and a Joyful Holiday to All!
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