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Christmas Card Star


This Christmas card reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus.

This is a great little sketch for learning how to paint strong darks.

Watercolor Christmas Card Star



Twinrocker paper, 6" x 8"
Twinrocker also makes lovely handmade cards.

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

  • Pthalo Blue

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Cobalt Violet

DIY Christmas Cards Materials

Christmas Card Painting Steps

Christmas Card Star 1

First, I dull the whites down a little with nickel azo yellow. I let this dry.

Christmas Card Star 2

Next, I paint around eveything but the start with quinacridone rust.

Christmas Card Star 3

While the previous wash is wet, I bleed in my pthalo blue.

Christmas Card Star 4

I cool down the edges of the blues with ultramarine blue and cobalt violet.

Christmas Card Star

My final step is to blur some of the star edges with water, using a stiffer sable brush.

This is a great little sketch to practice painting the night sky. You'll learn to do deep, clear darks with it.

I love having the true Christmas meaning on this card. Paint it and think of a star over Bethlehem 2000 years ago. It's a long time ago, but we still celebrate the birth of Jesus with joy today.

Merry Christmas and a Joyful Holiday to All!
Jennifer Branch

12 Days of Christmas Cards

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Paint the true meaning of Christmas and the Bethlehem star for your loved ones with this beautiful card.

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