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12 Days of Christmas Cards, Santa Moon


Paint Santa's sleigh silhouetted against a full moon. This is a fun, easy painting to do for your Christmas card. I even give you the ink drawing in a printable so no drawing needed!

Santa Moon Christmas card by Jennifer Branch.
Paint a fun Christmas card with Santa against a full moon.



Strathmore 105-210 Watercolor Cards, Full Size Cold Press, 50 Cards & Envelopes

Click to print DIY Christmas card!

Click to Print DIY Christmas card!

Pigment List

All paints I use are M. Graham transparent watercolors. Other brands I highly recommend are Daniel Smith and Schminke.

  • Nickel Azo Yellow

  • Pyrrol Red

  • Cobalt Teal

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Quinacridone Rust

  • Van Dyke Brown

DIY Christmas Cards

Noodler's Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink - Bulletproof,3 ounce

Noodler's Ink Nib Creaper Standard Flex Fountain Pen - Max Emerald

First layer is very simple, just a warm full moon. Click to get printable of the Santa Moon Card!

Christmas Card Painting Steps

Before you paint on pen and ink, always make certain your waterproof ink is dry, otherwise it will bleed muddy black into everything! Give it one day to dry, minimum.

I want a very warm gold moon, not a cool white moon. So I begin by a warm wash of mostly Nickel Azo Yellow. I let this dry a tiny bit before I do my next layer of sky.

Christmas Card Santa Moon 2

I begin painting the night sky while the moon is still slightly wet, since I want it to blur into each other. I use an initial wash of cobalt teal. I then darken it with Ultramarine Blue.

Christmas Card Santa Moon 3

I began with Santa and the reindeer very red for a warm glow. As soon as that wash had dried slightly, I attacked it with Van Dyke Brown and Ultramarine Blue, mixed. I wanted very strong darks for the silhouettes.

Christmas card of Santa Moon finished!

Christmas card of Santa Moon finished!

This should be such an easy, fun little sketch! If you want to play with pen and ink, go for it!

I think you'll love using a fountain pen, if you choose to try it. The Noodler's Nib Creaper has a very flexible nib, so it's the closes to a dip pen I've been able to find. It's a lot of fun to do.

However, if you're feeling like painting but not drawing, just print out the tree on cardstock on one of these watercolor cards and you're ready to go with a relaxing afternoon project!

Whichever method you choose, have fun!

This card only takes a few minutes so it's a quick, fun way to show someone you're thinking of them at Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Joyful Holiday to All!
Jennifer Branch

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Paint beautiful Christmas cards for your family and friends! In the introduction, I show you all the materials you need to watercolor paint this beautiful Moon with Santa card.
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