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Create your own Joyful and Fun Watercolors Christmas Holiday Cards

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Preparing the paper

    • 4. Drawing the snow globe and bowtie

    • 5. Drawing the house

    • 6. First watercolor wash

    • 7. Bowtie and more details

    • 8. Bowtie highlights and house

    • 9. Pinetrees

    • 10. Snow on the pine trees and the house

    • 11. Last details Thank you :)

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About This Class

Do you want to learn how to create a unique and beautiful watercolor Christmas card?

This class is designed for the beginner watercolorist who wants to learn how to paint a Christmas card. You will have fun while learning, and it's guaranteed!

A lot of people want to create their own personalized Christmas cards but don't know how to start.


This is a very simple project so anyone can do it. You will be guided through everything step-by-step, showing you how to draw your Christmas card using various watercolor techniques.

Learn how to create watercolor illustrations for your own personal holiday cards. You can use this same method to create greeting cards for birthdays, holidays and other important events in your life.

Even if you have never painted before, this will be an easy class for you to follow along with. 

This is perfect for beginners who are interested in learning more about painting with watercolors.

Here is another course on how to paint a beautiful Christmas watercolor Card

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George-Daniel Tudorache

Together we will create amazing things.


Hello, I'm George 

Together we will create amazing things.

Would you like to paint with more freedom or feeling?

You will be finding ways to develop your own way of applying paint and to compose the visual space.

You'll learn painting techniques used by professional artist to create elaborate works of art.

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1. Welcome: Hi, my name is George, and in today's course you will learn how to make this joyful Christmas card. It's that time of the year where we celebrate Christmas. What a better time to play around with colors and give a beautiful card as a gift. With this course, you will get into the spirit of the holidays and enjoy the world of watercolors. This is a very easy to make card. You will get step-by-step encouragement, know, fast-forwarding, and no skipping any step with all of that being said, Welcome to this Christmas scores. 2. Materials: So for this project, of course, you will need some watercolor paper. This is 250 gram watercolor paper. You will also need an HB pencil and an eraser. They eraser is quite squishy, as you can see, very, very squishy and nice. And it has to be white as if it's red or green. It's going to make the paper that color. And some painters state very easy to find. All of these are just for the drawing part and now for the paint part, of course, some brushes, these are synthetic brushes. This is a round brush and a flat brush. Flat brushes are very good for washes and the small brush, the round brush is very good for details. Just do brushes are easy to come by. And this is Guassian. You can use gouache as watercolor. This is yellow, magenta, and cyan. If you do not have magenta, you can use some red. And if you don't have cyan, you can use ultra marine blue. These are very good paints and they will last you a long time. And some white paint, white goulash. This is the only paint we are going to use as wash for the rest of the course, you will be using the gouache as watercolors, so it's substitutable, okay. Placeholder for the water. This is going to be the water container. This is going to be the plate where you'll put the paints, add another bigger plate for mixing the colors. Don't forget about some napkins to clean up the brushes and clean up the paper if it's too much on there. Let's go into the course. 3. Preparing the paper: Okay, So your paper might have a different texture on each side. So decide which kind you want. If it's a more coarse back, you will have more textures, more freedom. And if it's a smooth back, then you will get to paint some more details. Honestly, it's always better to have a little bit less control. So textured it is n with the painter's tape. Just take a piece just long enough for the bottom or the top. Now be careful, don't press too hard on the bottom or the top or the sides because this will care. As you can see, it's just on the side pressing just on the bottom is still over there so it doesn't bruise the paper once you peel it off? Splashed some yellow off my fingers. Yeah. Sometimes watercolor is erasable if the paper is thick enough and at a top, the same thing, just press lightly on the paper and harder on the work surface as you can see. And you can also go with the back of a brush just like that and make some marks on the surface, not on the paper. You don't want to have it's thick on the paper weight too hard, going for the right side. Very easy to do, not pressing too hard and then getting the brush and back of it, just making some squiggles with the heart, back. You can see the motion with the black pencil. Very easy to do. That's a little bit too small. Let's get a bigger one just like that. And maybe that's too big and cutting a little bit off. And just like that with the brush, just adding some squiggles and that's the work surface. Now that that is prepared, let's prepare the drawing utensils. Let's go into the next step. 4. Drawing the snow globe and bowtie: And there we go, taking the beautiful tape or the cup, the water cup. As you can see, they're quite close in size, making a beautiful circle on the outside of the tape, just in the middle of the paper. Just go around. You don't have to press too hard on the pencil. This is just for demonstration purposes. That's why it's so visible. And on the right side, just going to words the corner, almost words the corner, as you can see, two beautiful lines and then add the top. Let's make it a little bit smaller. Add the middle and you erase the line that is not needed anymore. Now round out the top just like that and round it out. It just goes like that. And once you've done the middle, you can add another line in the middle of the segments. And as they go further, the segments become smaller. As you can see, they're just a little bit bigger. So it gives the sense of perspective. You don't have to worry too much about that. And this is not getting into perspective. You can go at the top and draw beautiful circle by hand. Don't worry if it's not perfect. Take your time. Enjoy the process now. Okay, the snow globe is done. Now you can start working on a beautiful bowtie. Would a small little oval circle and then going down little beautiful curved line. This will be, let's say the tail of the bow tie and going and making it wider as it extends out. They look just beautiful and nice, as well as making a little bit of a curved onto inside about time. This time just making a beautiful loop just over there. And at the bottom as you can see, it's doubled so perfect. You can now erase inside the lines. You can erase the double line at the top. It's a very simple shape. It's basically one curve at the top, one curve at the middle, one going the other way at the bottom in the small curve at the end, connecting all three together. And you can now go into the left-hand side. You can do this the same, or you can make it put a twist literally and figuratively, just like that first, the outside and now just correcting a little bit perfect. Once that is done, I can start on the outside again and add a twist. So just eight divide a little bit over there, as you can see, and it comes back. Now the outer side of the twist just goes like that. As you can see, it just looks like a beautiful twist. Just going and adding the finishing touches. Very nice. And of course, erasing a little bit of the excess marks for effect. Now going and making it a little bit thicker at the end of the oval, Let's call it. And at the top, just adding the same kind of beautiful ending, that as it goes up, it becomes thicker. Very nice. Okay, and let's go into the next step. 5. Drawing the house: Now, for the actual landscape, every landscape, well, almost every landscape has a horizon line that is just a simple straight line just over here at the bottom. And just like that, you can start to place the middle of the house, indicated by a very beautiful vertical line. And then just a beautiful roof going into a V-shape. Now the bottom of the house, just like that and just a few tiny walls. Now, this line of the roof just goes a little bit in perspective. All you need to do is angle it a little bit down. And then the same for the line that is at the bottom. You can start to see the wall on the right side, as well as a beautiful rectangle for a window. Now here is another beautiful window and another one. Keep in mind all windows. If they're on the same floor, they need to be at the same height, bottom and top, making some lines on this face of the house just indicating that it's a little small, beautiful cabin and some triangles in the background just for the trees. These are pine trees, just sketching some beautiful triangles. So you get the idea of how it's going to look now. And this is very important to add a little bit of the snow. As you can see, it's very angular at this moment. It has a lot of harsh angles. But on the house itself, there is some snow. So add just like a marshmallow top Han and rounded out roof. And of course, the beautiful chimney top. And there you go. Let's go into the next step. 6. First watercolor wash: Getting into some color with some blue and some magenta. Take the big flat brush, take some water, and go around the house. And inside the globe of courts with only water, avoid going over the house and over the bow tie, just like that. Very nice and easy. Perfect. And going at the top with some water and into the right side of the blow by swell. And of course you can add some blue right now on to the mixing plate. As you can see, this is a very light and very beautiful blue. In case you are using ultramarine blue, you can always put a little bit of yellow into it to make it more like this color. Perfect. Now, add the color on top and spread it around. Just beautiful. Have some napkins just close by, just over there and getting more color and adding it. As you can see, it's a very, very diluted color, so don't go overboard with intense colors from the beginning, you want to create some layers and at the bottom, just going around the circle, very nice and beautiful. Now you can take a little bit more color and some magenta as well. Tiny bit of magenta. And it shifted more to words and ultramarine blue. Perfect. And putting a little bit more of the magenta and skewing get purple just a tiny bit. And you can go with the flat edge of the brush just indicating the outside of the globe, just over there. And on the other side, just like that with the corner of the brush and in the middle, you can just wash it around, spread it nice and even clean up your brush. And once you've cleaned up your brush, you can move the paint around and mix it with the outer layer. Mixing it just so it has a lot more diversity. Now with some paper towns, you will want to squeeze it into a beautiful ball and take off just on this side, a highlight, as you can see, that's the highlight. Don't worry, you will see it even better. Now. That's just the wedge is going down. And now, so you can see it better. Just going with the intense color and highlighting it by going around and making it very squared at the top and just having the fall off at the bottom, just at the corner. Like a corner. Very nice and very beautiful. Okay. You can make it a little bit smaller and more round. So it goes on the globe. It doesn't just have these straight edges. It just goes on a curve. And let's go into the next step. 7. Bowtie and more details: Taking some magenta and some water, you can start working on that beautiful bow tie with the small brush. It's almost completely dry so the magenta will not go into the blue going and starting from the middle and taking color and just going and filling all of that bow tie. Very easy to do. It's like painting by numbers. And just going in on the right-hand side and adding just a beautiful wash and taking more color just like that. Don't worry too much. If it's not completely uniform, you can just leave it as it is so that it has a little bit of an organic feeling. As you can see, there are some splotches here and there. And just now, taking some blue, of course, and adding it to the top of the globe, just that beautiful circle. Take your time and use the tip of the brush and make a circle. And now you can go on the end of the globe and outline it very beautiful. Add some lines like that slowly. And of course, drag that color around. Beautiful. Now onto the right side of the globe, you can highlight the edge of it with this color, this new layer. It's actually the old color, but a little bit more blue. And it's just highlighting the edge of the globe, which is giving it a little bit more dimensionality. Very beautiful. And at the bottom, of course, because this is a globe and end the corner, you can just spread it around with some water now. So it doesn't feel like it's just paint over there and it's just has a harsh outline. Okay. Let it dry and let's go into the next step. 8. Bowtie highlights and house: Okay, Once everything has dried to the touch, you can go back into the magenta and add some beautiful shadows just over here on the right side of the bowtie at the bottom of the line, as you can see, and thinking more color, just highlighting this twist just over here. And you can also beautifully merge that layer into the other one just by taking the paint out of the brush and spreading it around, going in and making just by the knot, just making another shadow, let's say. And going down just gives a lot more dimensionality to the bowtie. Don't worry, it's going to get even more colorful and pink, as you can see. Just blend to get in taking more color. And this time just a tiny bit on the tip and adding it to the side. And basically where the shadow starts on each beautiful side. Now the paper is wet in this areas, so you can blend a tiny bit just like that by going with the brush a few times over. A tiny bit more color just on the tip of it. And of course, some water. It blends in nicely. Very nice. And at top list over there, Linda, Good, Nice into the bow tie. And of course, let's not forget to put this a little bit just here and there. And at the bottom of the bow tie is going to do left. Now, putting some yellow onto the plate, you're going to start to mix a beautiful brown color. Brown is very easy to make. That's why this course is only with three colors, because by doing this, you will learn how to mix beautiful colors. Brown is very easy. You first need to make purple and then add some yellow and mixing and putting some more purple, some more magenta, some more water. You can make it more colorful, more reddish if you want, and more orange, basically, brown is just a dark orange. So the way you darken it, so it just goes darker is you put a little bit of blue and with that, it can start to go on to the house. As you can see, it's a very thick color. Well, not actually thick, but segmented. It has a lot of color to it. So cleaning up a little bit of the brush and just going with straight up water to spread it around just so it's not over powering the whole painting. Taking some more and adding it to the right side. Now this wall can be a bit. It's dark. Not too much. It's like that. Perfect. Cleaning up the brush and just going and taking a little bit of that water, little bit of the paint and finishing that side of the beautiful house. And of course, cleaning up the brush, putting it down and taking some blue. And with that blue you can go over the top of the globe. Let everything dry nicely, and let's go into the next step. 9. Pinetrees: Some water, just a tiny bit of water and some yellow straight up yellow, just putting it onto the mixing plate and making a very intense yellow for the Windows. This will make it seem like there is a beautiful light inside and the family is at dinner for Christmas. The Christmas dinner waiting for their presence. Wonderful. And just like that, the two squares are yellow. Cleaning up the brush and taking another piece of paper. This is just for demonstration purposes. You don't have to do this. This is just to show you a simple way of using the small round brush and how to properly used it on the left side of the tree and the right side of the tree, making a beautiful green. The green is very easy to do, just blue and yellow and a little bit of magenta, just to make it a little bit darker, pine trees tend to be a little bit more blue. As you can see, it's a very, very blue, green. Okay, taking the brush now, if you see it here, this is the wrong way to do it. You just start and put it. It just looks spiky instead of looking like a tree. So don't do it like this. You put your brush the other way around and on the left side you start just like this, as you can see, just another edge. Now, he might think you need to change your brush to your left hand to do the same, but you do not need to do that. You can just go the other way around. So you'd go on the left side from the bottom and on the right side from the top. So it's the same movement, just like that, super easy. You can see that edge. That's the most important thing of a pine tree. The edge, as you can see here, it's a broken edge and it gets this droopy effect. You can just turn your brush around and go on the right side to make the same effect. And in the middle, you can just put some color, let it dry, clean up the brush just like that. And you can now squeeze some white wash or white acrylic paint. Now once you've done that, clean up the brush of any color and any water cleaner, just put water and taking some paint. That's a lot of paint. So be careful that you take enough paint to make and with the same exact motion on the left side and the same exact motion on the right side. Just gently put some beautiful snow. You don't have to go to the edges. The snow can be just almost close to the edge, as you can see. Taking some water to dilute just a tiny bit of the paint. And just like that, you can start to see how fast that can go. You don't have to be perfect in doing this. It's just adding some snow on top of it. Of course, this will look even better since the background of the globe is blue. And now you can start to paint on the beautiful globe, taking some more water, making the blue a little bit more color. Just having a little bit more color. And you can start the same way as you did on the paper. It's like that as you can see on the right side, just going from the top and just going down, be careful not to go over the house now right next to it. It's very good to make the edge very nice and beautiful the edge of the house. And just like that, be careful for the edges of the pine threes. Perfect. Go down easy and make the pine trees very, very textured at the edges. And as soon as you hit the roof, just make a beautiful straight edge. Just going like that. Take more color and put in another one just on the right side. Yes, like that. Perfect. You can make the edges a little bit more interesting, but one behind the beautiful tie in between, just a taller one just over there. Very nice. And you can go right next to the house and enveloped the house in trees. It's a cabin in the forest, a vacation cabin. And as you can see, the color is a little bit more transparent since the brush is almost over. Don't go right to the edges. You don't need to do that. You can leave a little bit of the space, as well as avoid going over the highlights onto the left bar. Okay, can go right next to it, but not into it. The highlight is not really transparent. Okay? As you can see very fast making a few more 3s by now you are an expert at making beautiful trees. If you're wondering why some trees look different, It's because the water the paint just was used at 13 and then moved and it had less paint. Okay. With some blue just add a beautiful shadow onto the snowy rooftop. Just like that. It's a little bit too intense. So you can take a napkin made as a ball. You can put first some water, clean up the brush and put some water over the blue Yes. Like that. Tons of water is over there and take out the blue. Don't worry too much about it because you're going to put a lot of gushy white in the next step. 10. Snow on the pine trees and the house: With the brush clean and some white wash and a tiny bit of water. And you can take that beautiful brush and make some beautiful smell. Now, don't go overboard with the snow. This is just a tiny bit of snow just on the trees. Not all of them need to have this snow. So just use it sparingly. Keep in mind to have a little bit of a difference in between the trees. The way you do that is, well, you are going to see just about now as you leave a little bit more green onto the edge of the tree, exactly like in the demonstration. You leave the edge of the tree a little bit showing so that the 3s differentiate themselves from other binaries. Perfect, you can see how fast it can be. Just use it sparingly in case there is too much white and you feel like you've used too much. You can always go back and paint a little bit of green over it. And now you can start to see the snow on the house. Don't cover all the blue. For the rooftop you need to use just gushy, luxurious paint. Just don't be scared to put a lot of paint. Because here it's going to be noticeable only if its texture. And for the chimney, don't worry, the chimney is going to be painted as well with some brown and in front of the house just making some snow and onto the right side in case you forgot those pine trees as well, clean up the brush and you can go into the next step. 11. Last details Thank you :): With the small brush in case you don't have the brown, you can take some red and some yellow, basically an orange and put some blue into it and make a brown, a beautiful dark brown. And with some water making it a little bit more flowy. And you can start to work on the right side of the house, as well as add a little bit of a square just below the snow onto the chimney, and a few lines for the window at the top, as you can see very nicely with the corner of the brush, with the tip of the brush. And you can start to make some parallel lines, little bit of a shadow onto the left-hand side. And parallel lines just going like that and making it a wooden cabin. And as you approach the windows, just divide it. And another one just over there, you can start to see how beautiful it looks. And for those windows you need to make a beautiful cross in the middle as well as side onto the left and the right and bottom and top of the Windows. Ok. And you can clean up the brush nicely, take a tiny bit of water and go over those lines carefully and dilute a little bit of the watercolor and gouache that is over there just to dilute it and make it more interesting, can also add a little bit more color to the top window just to make it seem more nice. Take a little bit of white and you can add just a tiny bit of white snow onto the ledge of the Windows. This will add just a tiny bit more interest to the illustration. And of course, at the top as well as you can see, wonderful. Clean up the brush, add, there you go. The illustration is done. And right now you can just go and put everything aside and peel the beautiful scotch tape just slowly so you do not bruise the paper. It's very easy to bridge the paper if you go faster. So slowly go on an angle just like this for the side and for the bottom, should have put it a little bit lower, like it's on the left side. Just covering just a tiny bit. Not quite that much as it is at the bottom. Okay. And once you've freed up Paul, the tape, just slowly do the last one and be careful not to bruise the beautiful car. And there you go. This is the card and you can write something to a friend, to a family member or anyone you want. And you can also sign it right next to that beautiful illustration in case you want to make this beautiful Christmas cards. There is a course in the description as well for this, see you, there.