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Arts and Crafts - Painting a Watercolour Christmas Card

Watercolour Greeting Card Made Simple


Art Supplies:

One package of white Strathmore 5 x 7 Blank Cards and Envelopes

Your choice of three to five transparent watercolour paints. I recommend Winsor & Newton Cotaman and Artists' tube paints.

This example used violet, green and red paints.  As the colours blend into each other, more colours will emerge. 

A half-inch flat brush.
Water container
Water A toothbrush for spattering paint.


1.
Paint palette Paper - Secure one blank card to a flat painting surface with removable painter's tape.


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Paints - Prepare each colour in a separate well on a palette using only a small amount of the paint (about the size of a little fingertip). Moisten the paint with water and mix with a brush to an inky consistency.  Clean the brush well before mixing the next colour.  After the paints are ready, refill the water container with clean water.

3. Using a clean medium round brush, dip it into the clean water.  Holding the wet brush perpendicular to the paper, paint in the sky area down to the snowline.  Start at the top of the sky and work downwards in a zig-zag motion, leaving no gaps.

4. As soon as the sky is dry "Use an air dryer if you wish to speed up the drying procedure", dip the brush into the green pre-mixed colours and then gently tap the brush in a number ever decreasing lines zig-zag lines. This will immediately create the illusion of a triangular tree shape covered in snow. 

5.
 Rinse the brush and dip it into the pre-mixed madder brown colour.  Again, just draw the brush up from what will be the trunk of the tree up to the under part of the bottom line of the tree braches.

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Rinse the brush again and dip it into the pre-mixed green colour.  At the base of the trunk of each tree flick the brush upwards to form grasses. Repeat this in various places of the remaining whit area to form clumps of grass not covered by the snow.

7.  
When both the trees and the grass have dried. Rinse the brush again and dip it into the pre-mixed sky colour.  Dry the brush off so that the paint is barely wet. Holding the brush on it's side lightly drag it in a downward stroke to form the broken shadows under the grass clumps and tree and allow to dry  Allow to dry.

8.
Again rinse the brush and dip it into the pre-mixed white colour. Now decide where you want the moon and paint it in. If you have a tree which is above the snowline as in the example shown above then continue to paint in the top of the tree with the white colour and your picture is finished.

9.
Don't forget to sign your painting.

10.
 Experiment with different colour combinations and tree patterns with the rest of the blank cards and remaining pre-mixed paint.
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