Christmas Card Hearth
All paints I use are M. Graham transparent watercolors. Other brands I highly recommend are Daniel Smith and Schminke.
- Nickel Azo Yellow
- Pyrrol Red
- Quinacridone Rust
- Cobalt Violet
Pen and Ink
Dip Pen Holder
Dip Pen Nib, Hunt Drawing Nib #99
Speedball Hunt Artists' Pen Nibs--Drawing No. 99 pack of 2
Christmas Card Painting Steps
Click to print out the drawing! The pdf is sized for the Strathmore watercolor cards.
I begin by painting the stocking and fire pyrrol red. I think those 2 elements have to be painted. The rest are optional!
Next, I painted some cheerful oranges on the mantel. Remember, you're starting with plain balls, so they could be Christmas ornaments or anything you can think of!
Next, I dashed in greenery, mostly with viridian. I painted 2 washes of viridian, returning to the top of the tree and adding the next layer for darker contrast.
I choose to paint this card rather formally for me. No splatter painting anywhere! If I was painting several of them, I would probably mix them up a bit!
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 the Hunt Drawing Nib and sumi ink. Whatever ink you use, make certain it's waterproof and very dry. Pen and ink is a lot of fun to do.
However, if you're feeling a little overwhelmed, just print out the tree on cardstock or 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!