12 Days of Christmas Cards, Train
All paints I use are M. Graham transparent watercolors. Other brands I highly recommend are Daniel Smith and Schminke.
- Nickel Azo Yellow
- Quinacridone Rust
- Pyrrol Red
- Cobalt Blue
- Cobalt Violet
Christmas Card Painting Steps
This cute little train takes hardly any time to paint, unless you want to paint every detail. And if you want to (I have trouble stopping) then paint them!
Begin with some bright Pyrrol Red on the engine, leaving out where you want to paint brass detailing.
Now for the brass detailing! I'm using Nickel Azo Yellow with just a touch of Quinacridone Rust.
If you painted over a spot with red and changed your mind, no worries. That's a perfect opportunity to use some gold metallic paint or a gold watercolor pastel!
I painted the train car bright straight Viridian.
The caboose has to be red, of course!
I wish they still had cabooses on trains. They were such cheerful little exclamation points.
Nickel Azo Yellow gives a warm glow to the windows.
All that's left are a few shadows done in Quinacridone Rust, Cobalt Blue and Cobalt Violet. I don't want anything too realistic, but I do want a three dimensional feel.
Splatter painting snow is optional, but encouraged!
Imagine taking this cheerful little train ride with your family through a snowy afternoon. It's all part of the holiday feeling.
This should be such an easy, fun little sketch. If you want to play with pen and ink, go for it! If not, please use the free printable linked above.
Christmas cards should be fun, joyful little sketches. Don't get too serious about them. You know the recipient will love that you took time and thought of them.
The more fun you have painting the card, the more Christmas joy you'll put into the card.
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!