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12 Days of Christmas Cards, Train Christmas-Tree


Paint a beautiful Christmas tree with a tiny train for your Christmas cards. This Ink and Watercolor Wash is incredibly easy. I even give you the ink drawing in a printable so no drawing is needed!

Christmas Tree card by Jennifer Branch.
Paint a beautiful Christmas tree this year for your Christmas cards!



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

Pigment List

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

  • Azo Yellow

  • Nickel Azo Yellow

  • Pyrrol Red

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Viridian

  • Quinacridone Rust

DIY Christmas Cards

Fun Stuff!

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

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

Click to get printable of Christmas Tree 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.
Christmas Card Tree 2

I started painting with the presents. Just some dashes of pyrrol red. This might be a good opportunity to use some gold watercolor paint.

I always begin with the details in a formal illustration style so their color is bright.

Christmas Card Tree 3

I add some cobalt blue and azo yellow on the decorations.

Christmas Card Tree 4

Now it's time for the train. I had to paint the engine and caboose red!

Christmas Card Tree 5

For the green, I'm using quinacridone rust and viridian. I am just quickly scribbling it around the branches. You can see why I did the ornaments first!

I choose to paint this card rather formally for me. No splatter painting anywhere!

Christmas Card Tree

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!

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 Christmas tree card.
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