Have you ever wanted to paint Christmas cards of your own?
It’s a really fun way to give your Christmas cards the personal touch and make your card recipients feel extra special. You can opt to paint a few one-offs to send to some of your besties, or you paint one and then have copies printed to send to your wider list.
But to show your artwork to your friends and family can come with some pressure. You want the results to do justice to your painting skills.
Below, I’ll run through my five favourite festive designs to inspire you and give you tips on how to paint Christmas cards you’ll feel proud to send.
Sure to bring a smile to any face, the Robin is the cheery bearer of holiday greetings.
His warm colours and feathery details are a joy to paint.
2) Holly and Berries
It’s so much fun to paint the glossy effects on these realistic Holly Leaves and Berries.
Your card recipients will reach out to touch them and see whether those leaves feel as shiny as they look.
Fancy something a little brighter? Then how about this gorgeously velvety Poinsettia?
A painted poinsettia is a much more low-maintenance Christmas gift than a real one, and it will last a lot longer too!
4) Snow Effects
If a snowy scene is more your style, then check out my tips on painting snow effects.
You could paint a close-up of a pine cone like I’ve done here as your design, or you could use the technique I teach in this video to apply to another wintry composition.
For something a little different, this detailed Walnut is a cracking choice!
Nuts are a regular feature of the holiday season, but their beauty can be somewhat outshone at this time of year by all the glitzier decorations. What better way to remind someone of the beauty of the small things in life by sharing a close-up painting of this walnut?
You could even team it up with this Orange for a classic stocking-filler themed Christmas card.
I hope this inspires you to paint Christmas cards for your friends and family.
I’m happy for you to use these designs to paint and then have cards printed, so long as they are for your personal, non-commercial use and you mention on the back that your painting was ‘based on an Anna Mason demo’.
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