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12 Days of Christmas Cards, Train


Paint a cheerful little train for Christmas! This is a fun, easy painting to do for your Christmas card. I even give you the ink drawing in a free printable so no drawing needed!

Christmas Card Train
Wouldn't you like to take this cute train on a ride to see your family at Christmas?



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

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

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

Pigment List

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

  • Viridian

  • Cobalt Violet

DIY Christmas Cards

Click for printable pdf! Click to get printable of Train Christmas 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.

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!

Christmas Card Train Tutorial 1

Begin with some bright Pyrrol Red on the engine, leaving out where you want to paint brass detailing.

Christmas Card Train Tutorial 2

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!

Christmas Card Train Tutorial 3

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.

Christmas Card Train Tutorial 4

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!

Christmas card train tutorial

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!
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 a train card.
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