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Handlettered Holiday--DIY Easy Hand Lettered & Watercolor Cards for ALL Occasions + FREE DOWNLOADS

Ana Baker, Lettering & Calligraphy Techniques

Handlettered Holiday--DIY Easy Hand Lettered & Watercolor Cards for ALL Occasions + FREE DOWNLOADS

Ana Baker, Lettering & Calligraphy Techniques

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10 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Welcome to Class

      2:04
    • 2. Supplies

      2:05
    • 3. Birthday Balloons

      4:02
    • 4. Conversation Hearts--A Cute Way to Say "I Love You"

      5:50
    • 5. Mother's Day--Loose Florals

      7:20
    • 6. Father's Day--Watercolor Necktie

      6:01
    • 7. Say Thank You with Watercolor Lettering

      4:20
    • 8. Christmas Laurels--Easy Botanicals

      3:05
    • 9. Watercolor Christmas Trees

      3:42
    • 10. Project

      1:18
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Are you working hard to develop your lettering and watercolor skills, yet finding yourself at a loss as to what to make? This class walks you step by step through the process of making beautiful, unique, handmade cards using the brush lettering and watercolor techniques you’ve been developing, with a few extra tips and tricks along the way.

Ana Baker, a hand lettering and calligraphy artist and teacher, will give you inspiration and direction on practical ways to use your lettering skills in easy, everyday ways. Cards are a manageable project that anyone can tackle and complete in less than half an hour. They’re a wonderful way to practice your skills in a meaningful way that allow you to enjoy the end result of making someone feel happy and appreciated.

This class is for all levels of students, though some knowledge of lettering techniques is required. This class focuses on providing tips and inspiration on how to complete the actual cards. Teaching the actual technique of brush lettering can be found at some of my other courses--like here!

Basic supplies required are:

  • Drawing tools (pencil, eraser, ruler)
  • Watercolor paint OR water-based markers (like Crayola or Tombow)
  • Watercolor Paper (140lb.)
  • Paintbrush OR Water brush
  • Card stock OR Card Bases

Feel free to leave me comments or message me on social media (tags are great too! I love seeing your work) on Instagram @analuisadesigns . I love hearing from students and providing feedback.

BONUS:

If you own a Silhouette Cameo, I've included a free cut file to cut watercolor paper down to the right size for your cards! Also, if you tend to get stuck on what to write on your card, I've included a printable with lots of sentiment ideas for all occasions of the year.

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Ana Baker

Lettering & Calligraphy Techniques

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Hi, I'm Ana Baker! I'm a self-taught hand lettering and calligraphy artist with a background in education. I've always loved words and letters and dabbled in calligraphy ever since high school, but really fell in love with the art of lettering in 2016.

My classes focus on practical tips and skills that help your lettering skills grow quickly and organically. Because I am a self-taught artist, I love sharing all of the little things I wished I had known when I first began my lettering journey with you right from the get-go so you can grow even more quickly. 

I also love to create classes that focus on practical application of lettering skills so you can get right to creating things that you love.

 

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1. Welcome to Class: Hi, I'm Anna Baker and welcome back to my school shirt channel. If you're new here, welcome. My class is focused on giving you practical tips and techniques to improve your skills as quickly as possible. Being creative is therapeutic for both the mind and the soul. Yet if you're anything like me, it can sometimes be difficult to come up with actual things to make. We don't always want to sit around and practice random words or do drills. Those are important to do. We actually want to see an end result to the skills that we've been working so hard to master. A fun and easy way to practice your budding watercolor and lettering skills is to make card . They're not intimidating because they have a nice small footprint. You're not dealing with a very large piece of paper, so you can easily and quickly complete a project from start to finish in less than half an hour in this class, I will show you some quick and easy designs that you can make for loved ones in your life at all seasons of the year. Ah, walk you step by step through the process of creating some simple but impactful watercolor elements and add in your own special touch with a hand lettered sentiment. This class focuses on easy watercolor and lettering techniques that you can put together to create really unique special handmade cards. It's geared towards all levels of learners. However, if you are interested in learning the actual techniques of hand lettering or specifically watercolor, check out some of my other classes for tips on those. This class focus is a little bit more on actual inspiration and direction on how to use those skills that you've been developing. I'll show you step by step, every single process required in making these cards come together. Not only will you get the opportunity to practice your newfound techniques and skills, but you'll also pick a couple new ones up along the way. So let's jump into class and see what we can make together 2. Supplies: So let's take a quick minute and talk about the things that you'll need for this class. First of all, you always knew some basic supplies, like a pencil eraser, some type of measuring device, a towel or paper towel to blot off your paintbrush somewhere to mix your colors. I have this ceramic palate. You can also use palette paper or even just a plate. And lastly, if you want to make sure that your paper stays in place, some masking tape will also be using masking tape to create some other fund techniques. So it is nice to have around. Next. You'll need some other basic lettering supplies, like a brush pin. Here's a small one, and if you prefer larger letters, you can use a large brush pin, an archival micron ink pen. This is waterproof and won't run once dry. Since this is a class about card making, we are going to need some kind of car to bases that already come with envelopes or card stock to make your own. Next, you'll need watercolor paper and trim it down to size to fit your particular card size. In order to create our watercolor designs. We're going to need some water color paint. Or if you don't have any water color paint, you can use water based markers. You'll see me using these by Tom both but even Crayolas work. Whatever you have available, that's what you use. They all work great. Since we are using watercolor paint, you'll need some kind of paint. Brush for a water brush, whichever you prefer is fine. Some fun extras. You'll see me pulling out in different card designs are metallic watercolors and gel pens. I like thes metallic gel tens and silver and gold. But I also like to use white toe ad highlights You can. You always use gel pens in a variety of ways, so they're fun to have around another fund. Extra is mounting tape. This makes your card three dimensional. So here's a quick list. You can pause that and gather your supplies and let's get started 3. Birthday Balloons: one of the most fun things to do with water colors is to allow them to blend or bleed together. Whenever you do this, you want to make sure that the colors you choose are ones that will work well together and create the kind of blend that you like. I've chosen choose three primary colors so that I can create blends easily without having to think about them too much. Plus, they also lend themselves to birthday balloons, and that is what we're creating. So with your first color, you're gonna want to create an oval shape. One thing to keep in mind when using this technique is that you want to make sure your colors are nice and wet, so that when you touch the next color to it, they will blend in to each other seamlessly with your next balloon. Go ahead and touch your brush slightly into the previous color, and you'll see that that blend starts to happen immediately to create the little tail. All you have to do is draw on X and fill in the negative spaces. This next balloon was a little bit trickier because the blend almost happened too quickly and That's because I had too much water on my brush, so make sure that you're aware of that. The way I fixed it was by cleaning off my brush and going in with more of my primary color and dropping it in to the different parts of my balloon to make sure that it really did look like a blue balloon. And the purple was just a blend that I was getting from an effect. Next, I'm taking my micron pen and I'm drawing the strings of the balloon. Once my balloon is dry, I'll draw a couple little squiggly lines on the tail to make it look like my strings air wrapped around them. Next, I'm going to draw in the skeleton of my lettering sentiment with a pencil. I always like to do this first, just to make sure that everything goes where it needs to go. Once I've done that, I'm going to take my micron pen and go over it all with my waterproof ink. Now this technique is called faux calligraphy, and you'll see me uses quite a bit throughout the class if you haven't already, and all it involves is adding the weight to your those down strokes if you'd like a little bit more information about this. I have an entire class on the technique fo calligraphy and how you can really use this verse little tool and lettering on any surface. So check that out again. I'm going in and adding in all of the weight to my down strokes and really making sure that those letters blended nicely to each other. Keep in mind that this is a handmade card, so you wanted to look like one. Now here's a little tip. If you smudge your paper with some of your ink is to take an Exacto knife and very, very carefully scraped up the surface where your smudges and then go over it with an eraser . It will either take care of the problem completely or make it look much softer. Now I'm taking my white card base and really making sure that that fold is nice and strong and to play up with my water color birthday theme. I'm going to actually splatter my card stock base very lightly with blue and red. Now you don't want to go overboard with this because it is card stock and not meant to take on a lot of water. Once that's dry, go ahead and apply the taped to the back of your watercolor card and attached to your card base. And there you have it. A really simple Superfund and unique handmade birthday card. Hope you liked it. 4. Conversation Hearts--A Cute Way to Say "I Love You": a super easy card to get started with. Is this fun conversation Hearts? Valentine's Day card. I'm going to be using my Tom Bowater based markers today for this design. The Three Colors I will be using our number 7 55 Rubin Red number 803 Pink Punch and number 603 Peri Winkle A tip Whenever you are using water based markers that you want to have behaved like water color is to actually choose colors that are a little bit more vibrant than you intend them to be. Because once you add water to them, they will be muted just a little bit now. One important thing about this design is that conversation hearts have a very specific type of shape. They're very rounded, and they have no harsh curves or edges to them. So in my sketch I made sure that I noted that particular detail so that when I went into sketch and paint, I would have that in mind. Now all you have to do to use water based markers as watercolor is to actually lay down the color by coloring on whatever surface it is that you plan to pick the color up from. I'm using the ceramic water color palette, so I'm simply coloring into the different wells and adding water. Once I have gotten the consistency I want, I'm gonna go ahead and pick up that color and start applying it one by one to mine card base. Again. I am focusing on making sure that these curves are nice and rounded and that I don't have any sharp edges. Once I have filled in most of my heart with the color I'm taking in mostly just water to really help let that color blend and give it dimension. We really want these two look like water color and not just markers. As far as my color palette goes, I'm going to be doing an alternating color palette, So I'll do 123 and then whichever one I left off with will be the beginning of the next row . And that way I get a little bit of a bingo jumped around kind of pretty pattern. Look, I'll be showing you all three hearts on the first row, and then we'll cut to the very end so you can see how everything turned out. Now you'll see here that when I picked up that Rubaie red color, it was a little bit brighter than I had anticipated or wanted in keeping with my pastel Valentine's Day theme. So all you have to do when you have a little bit too much color is to clean off your brush and go in with a lot more water. And when you take that water into the pigment that you laid down, you have to make sure that it is still wet. But if it is still wet, you can then pull that color and faded out just a little bit more, um, into the rest of your shape. And you can see here that it really worked out well. It muted the color quite a bit more, and it still provides a nice bright pop. But it's much more pastel than the original color. Once you're watercolor, hearts are dry, you can decide what your next step is. I will be using a white gel pento. Add in a sentiment on each of my hearts to give them that traditional conversation hearts feel if you are in need of a few ideas on what to put on your conversation. Hearts check out my free download in the your project section with lots of ideas for sentiments. For your cards, be patient with your white gel pen. Sometimes it can take a few passes to get Thea Pass ity level that you like. This design is great for beginners at hand lettering, because all you really need to do is right your sentiments in a very simple sand serif style. Anyone can create this design because all you have to know how to do is create a basic heart shape and write capital letters. This next step is completely optional. I just decided that I wanted a little bit more dimension, so all I did was take a gray water based marker and colored it into my palate and added water just like it did with all of the other colors. I picked the left side of every heart, and I just added a very faint shadow just to make the colors pop a little bit more again. This is completely optional. If you find this part difficult, you can simply omit it. One thing I like to add to nearly all of my cards is shimmer, so I'm using this gold metallic water color. And I'm just going to put a border all the way across each of the four sides of my card. I will be widening the border on the top and bottom just to bring in some of that white space and make it look a bit more finished. I'm going to take my adhesive tape runner now, And I'm just going to run tape all along the edges and the middle of my card. Now everything is ready to be adhered to the card base and sent to someone toe. Let them know how much I love them. This is such a fun and easy design that anyone can accomplish no matter what your skill level. Maybe it'll bring joy to you while you make it and to the person you give it to 5. Mother's Day--Loose Florals: mothers are pretty awesome, and the least we can do to let ours know that we care is to make a card. So I'm going to be focusing on adding some loose florals. I am by no means a professional artist, but I just want to show you how easy it is to create very loose florals and still get a really pretty result. So all I'm doing is sketching out a general idea of the bouquet that I am going to be creating. Gonna be having three blooms with one facing the viewer head on. So in order to start creating this rose, all you have to do is add little dots in the middle. And as you move outward of outward from the center of your rose, you begin to create small see like shapes the letter C. And once you've done that with just a little bit of color, go back in and drop in some intense color right in the center. This will bleed nicely into the rest of your strokes and give that really beautiful rose. Look where the pedals air darker in the center and lighter as they move outward. It gives that really nice look. No one important thing to do is to keep white space. In other words, don't touch all of the paper between each of your strokes. This gives the illusion of having lots of pedals. Now this next one we're going to do is a side facing bloom. So I'm just doing some quick, loose little cease shaped strokes. And instead of filling up that center, I'm going to be creating short little strokes, going the opposite direction from the ones that we created. Ah, close in a little bit of that, and then, once again, I'll drop in some color in that center to make it nice and dark. Now, if you'll notice I am creating all of my blooms very close to each other, and I'm having them touch so that that color bleeds and transfers throughout. The other bloom I created is very similar to that 2nd 1 It's another side facing one, so we're doing the same techniques, creating larger C shaped pedals and then small little strokes right in the center to create that look of a side facing bloom. Now to do our leaves. We're just keeping very simple leaf structures. All I'm doing is creating the stem and none using the belly of my brush to create that leaf shape that we've been recreating in a lot of the cards. This is the simplest, easiest kind to achieve, in my opinion, and you can really just change up the look by changing the shape of your leaves or simply by alternating the use of greens in your leave shapes. So I'm just going to go ahead and put in all of my stems now so that I can get an idea of where my leaves will go. Once again, these are all supposed to be very loose shapes that don't feel afraid. Toe. Let some of your colors touch now. If you don't want them to bleed into each other, avoid touching wet color into other wet colors. So, for example, if you don't want that pink from your blooms to flow into your leave shapes, wait till those air dry before going in and adding those. So I'm just again trying to fill in the space nicely. I'm not too concerned with making this look perfect. It's the idea of florals that we're trying to invoke here, and this is how you can really get away as a beginner with creating these floral shapes, because loose florals lend themselves to mistakes and it actually has a really beautiful outcome in the end. Now, I went ahead and added, Some belief shapes at the top just to kind of fill in some of that space and make it look a bit more balanced. I think I personally added to many, but it is up to you how you decide to proceed. No again. I like to add some shimmer in one way or another to most of my car designs, some taking that gold and creating a border all the way around my card base. Next, I'm going to sketch in the skeleton of my sentiment. I'm keeping this one simple and simply writing in Happy Mother's Day again. If you want some other ideas, I do have a printable available for you or you conduce Oh, a nice Google Search or Pinterest search for ideas. Again. I'm going ahead and plotting in all the areas of my sentiment, and then once I have done so, I will erase most of it with my kneaded eraser and then go over it with my lettering pen. You could totally use a brush pin. I tend to use micron pens on watercolor paper because of the rough texture, so it can sometimes ruin your brush pens if you're not super confident with that yet, so once I have all of my letters drawn in my skeleton, I'll go in and start adding in the weight to my down strokes. I am using a very small penny here, so keep that in mind. Depending on the pen that you use, you'll get, you know, really thin up strokes or thicker down strokes. So depending on the look that you want to go for, choose the right pen. Once I have added all the weight to my down strokes, I'll just go over everything and make sure things look even that my curves are tapered into each other, and I'm adding little serif details to my secondary font here, and that's it. I think it turned out really pretty. I like it a lot. It's very simple and feminine, and I really like the way that those loose florals came together with the gold shimmer. Now I decided that instead of just attaching my card base to the card itself. I was going to add some dimension by using mounting tape, and this is really easy to do. It's double sided, so all you have to do is take one end of the double of the mounting tape and attach it to your card base and trim it. I didn't go all the way to the edge because I didn't want that mounting tape to be visible , and I added another piece on the very bottom of my Carter base and that was it. You could totally Adam or if you wanted to, but I didn't find that to be necessary. I got the look I wanted, and I was able to use a minimal amount of mounting tape. So once you have all of your mounting tape attached to your card base, go ahead and remove that backing and attached to your card. And you have this really nice three dimensional raised look that looks like you spent more money on it than you really did. So I really enjoyed putting together this card for my mother, and I would love to see if you guys make this your own. Did you use different colors did you add shimmer in different places? What did you do? Did you do a different sentiment? Go ahead and take a picture of it and inserted into the project section and let us get inspiration from what you made today. 6. Father's Day--Watercolor Necktie: creating masculine designs can sometimes be a challenge when using lettering and water coloring. However, I'm here to tell you that it is definitely possible. I have made several things from men in my life, and they have really enjoyed the results. Ways to do that is to pick things that are typically masculine, and then add that watercolor and lettering element to them. For this Father's Day card, I'm going to go with something that is very typical of the dads in our lives, and that is a necktie. So the way I'm going to be doing this necktie is I'm sketching in the shape of the necktie , and then I will be creating an easy watercolor pattern of stripes. All I'm going to do is alternate the two colors that I have picked in this case, blue and green, and create diagonal stripes within that shape of the Thai. Ah, quick tip here is to actually work with one color at a time, leaving space between those colors for the next one to come in between. This makes it easier because you don't have to keep dipping back and forth between two colors and washing your brush off in between. And this also gives your paint the chance to dry so that you don't have everything running into each other. So here I'm just following again. That shape. You want to make sure that you are creating those curves at the very end of your stripes to make it look like it is wrapping around that shape of your tie again, this is watercolor. So you do want to vary the amount of water and pigment you're using just to make sure that everything has that pretty watercolor effect to it. Now, once you're done with the first color, you can start with your second, and I don't mind having some of my colors run into each other. I just didn't want all of my colors to do so. So that is why I went ahead and made sure that most of my stripes were dry before going in with that second color. Using that second color, which in this case is my lighter green. I'm making sure to emphasize that shape of the tie, and I can do that simply by running my brush along the edges and even tying in that blue just a little bit so that everything looks cohesive and it doesn't look like I've just created choppy lines. This is such a beginner, friendly design. Literally, anyone can do it as long as you can paint semi straight lines. You can do this design, and it's surprisingly, a lot of fun to do. I'll let you just relax and watch how the rest of this tie comes together before we move on to the next step. In order to create more interest without having to add a lot of extra elements, I decided to add another splatter technique to the card. I like how this technique really emphasizes the water color and handmade aspect of this design now, because this is a bit of a masculine design. I didn't want to use my traditional white or more traditionally feminine colors, so I grabbed a sheet of black card stock and I decided to create a map around it. This really made the colors pop, and I liked how it just kind of grounded everything. Once I trimmed all of the paper evenly around the card, I decided to take that scrap piece of paper, which was the perfect length across, and create a banner where I would let her my sentiment. Once I cut that little banner out, I decided to at a little bit of a notch, to design, to really emphasize that banner look. And that could easily be achieved by cutting diagonally from the corners into the center. And that will give you that nice little ribbon effect. You can just do one side or both like I did. It's totally up to you toe. Add another little bit of dimension. I decided I would use mounting tape, but if you are going to do that, I suggest lettering your sentiment before you add any mounting tape to make it easier to write. I went ahead and letter to my sentiment and folk Allegra fee and added the weight to my down strokes afterwards. If you use gel pen like I did, make sure to give it plenty of time to dry before adding your mounting tape and applying to your card. Now I'm showing you here that you can really vary this sentiment and put it wherever you like. I ended up choosing the center because I really wanted that to be the focal point, but anywhere really works on a design like this. Now I felt like using a great card. Stock would really look nice with the colors that I had chosen for this design so far. So I used one of the ready made cards. I had to create a template. Now you can totally do this digitally if you have a silhouette or a cricket. In this case, I just wanted to show you how you can quickly make something at home without any special equipment. So all I did was draw all around the card and make a note for where the Middle West cut it out and folded it right down the middle. Now I can attach my card right to the card base, just like I did with all of my other designs. And there you have it really nice handmade masculine father's Day card that any man in your life would be sure to enjoy. 7. Say Thank You with Watercolor Lettering: watercolor lettering is so beautiful and ethereal, you can use it to create sophisticated cards and whimsical cards that really works for any kind of occasion. Like most of my cards, I'm going to go ahead and begin by drawing in the skeleton of my sentiment and then erasing most of it using my kneaded eraser. I just wanna have a faint guidelines so that I make sure all of my water color lettering is in the area that it needs to be now. Watercolor lettering is a little bit tricky because you are using an actual paintbrush and water. So my best tips for you are to go slowly and to remember your traditional brush calligraphy techniques he really wanted. Pay attention and make sure that you're giving more pressure on your down strokes and very light pressure on your up strokes. Watercolor lettering does allow itself to be fixed a little bit because of the medium. But in order to really preserve those thin up strokes, you really want to make sure that your pressure is very light. Now this here is one of my best tips when using more than one color of water color for your lettering, and that is to carefully drop in the color of your next stroke into the previous stroke. This really make sure that your colors blend seamlessly together. And honestly, this is something I do, even when I'm just using one color. That's really make sure that there aren't any visible breaks between your strokes or your letters. Another important tip is to not be afraid of your water. You really want to make sure that you have enough water on your brush so that your strokes really stay, um, wet enough to allow those blends to happen. The drying process is also what really makes watercolor lettering really pretty and again, it allows you to kind of go back and customize and make sure that each of your strokes air looking the way you want them to look by adding and a bit more color, or even picking up color or really making sure those bleeds and blends are going where you need them to be. I've left in all of my going back and forth between colors and picking up more pigment and washing my brush just so that you can see how involved in aware of the water you need to be when you're doing this particular technique. That being said, having a paper towel or a towel handy is essential. I find that I am constantly washing my brush to transition to a new color, and that washing of the brush can really add a lot of excess water to the barrel of your brush, which will then drip and can sometimes ruin your work. Speaking from personal experience. So what I do is I wash my brush. I dry it off on my paper towel a bit. And then I loaded up in my very watery paint. And that is what allows me to get the best ratio possible off water without over doing it whenever I rinse my brush off, because I really want the water color lettering itself to shine in this card, all I'm doing as Faras any kind of embellishment is adding a bit of splatter in the same colors that I did my lettering in. Once everything is dry, I'm going to go ahead and attach it to my card base, and I'm using a craft paper Carter Base. Um, and I'm just going to use the same tape adhesive that I've been using and center right on my card based, and that's it. I think it looks super nice. It's very sophisticated. It's to the point, and it's still beautiful without having to do a bunch of extra stuff again. A card is a fantastic way to practice in a very small and approachable manor, a new technique that you might be wanting to pick up. 8. Christmas Laurels--Easy Botanicals: Creating a laurel wreath is a super easy design that anyone can execute, and it provides a soft, pretty frame for your lettered sentiment. To create your laurel wreath, simply paint to curved lines intersecting one another. We're going to create the illusion that these two branches are lying on top of one another , starting at the end of one of the branches, create your leaves and moved down along the branch, creating pairs of leaves together. These leaves are very simple to create in a fantastic way to practice your basic brush strokes with a paintbrush. To create your leaf shapes, started the base of your leaf and press your brush down as you pull it towards the tip. As you near the end point of your leaf, ease up on the pressure so you get a thin line. This is something that gets easier with practice, and you'll find yourself getting used to it quickly. Toe Adam Dimension and depth. You could leave a small bit of white space between the two strokes of your leaf, or even add some extra paint into your wet leaf to get a beautiful color variation. Another idea is to vary the shape that you use. I added a second green to get a little bit of variation and interest, but you can simply use one shade and adjust the ratio of paint toe water to get different colored looks. By the way, I am using a very small size one round detailer brush and a combination of traditional watercolor paints and the ink from a Tom Bo dual brush pen. These markers work great as lovely watercolors and are a great option if you have them. Once you have finished adding all the leaves you like, allow your paint to dry. It shouldn't take more than a few minutes because we've used a little painting water. I always advocate using a light pencil sketch to ensure reduction mistakes, so I've lightly drawn in my lettered sentiment. Once I have it looking the way I want, I'll go over it in my dark black EQ. For this particular card, I used a micron pen in the size 0.5 However, I also used a small brush pen for many of my other cards, basically used the supplies that you have and adjust your technique accordingly. Here I used so calligraphy and a small pen to create the look of brush lettering. If you're not familiar with what folk calligraphy is, I have an entire class dedicated to it and all the different projects that you can create using that technique. See how simple this WAAS you'll find this designed to be relaxing and fun, and you'll be surprised just how lovely it looks when you're finished. Happy painting. 9. Watercolor Christmas Trees: the Christmas tree is probably the most traditional and iconic symbol of Christmas time. I'm going to show you two super easy designs that you can use for your own holiday lettered Christmas cards. First of all, I'm reactivating the paint that I had on my palette and let dry. This actual paint I'm using comes from a Tom Baduel brush pin, but you can use whatever it is you have on hand. This first design is the easiest and quickest, and I think probably one of the most appealing of all of the cards that I made this season . And this is easily achieved simply by taking your paint and creating brushstrokes that taper and link to create the pyramid like illusion of the Christmas tree. Try to keep this a simple and as loose as possible. It's tempting to go back in and try to perfect things, but the whole appeal of this design is in the looseness of its strokes and the sweet idea of the design itself. Once you have created your tree leads, so to speak, go ahead and add your stump with a dark colored paint. In this particular when I used of a grayish paint, but I have also used Brown as well. Just choose the color scheme that most appeals to you to create the star I like to add in shimmer. So I'm using my, um, starry color set by Correa Taki, and I'm creating the star shaped using that beautiful gold shade at the top. I made two kinds of cards in this similar style, and one of the nice elements about it was the splatter design. So I simply took some of the extra paint A had splattered on a few drops and got a really pretty quick water colored look. Now you can add lettering or leave this plane, this particular design I left plane just to show you. But I did let her on the next design. I will show you here in a second Theis. Second Christmas tree is also very easy, but does involve a little bit more brushwork. So, as you can see here, I am trying to move quickly and loosely, and I'm not trying to keep things too perfect and precious. So I'm creating feathery strokes, going down and out towards the edges of the car to create that curved look of the Christmas tree leaves. So once I have done the leaves, I'm taking a dark brown color and I'm creating the stump and the branches at the very bottom. I added a bit of water to spread out that color and give it a little bit of a shadow. And then I went in and added just a little bit more paint in certain areas to create a little bit more depth and contrast. Lastly, I'm adding in that little bit of shimmer again. So I'm taking a gold shade and doing the star at the top. But this time I'm going to take a shimmery red color from the gems palate by Correa Taki and adding in my ornaments. Once again, this is a super easy design, and these turned out to be some of my favorites. 10. Project: I hope you've enjoyed this class and getting the chance to practice your skills while making others happy for your project. I would love it if you made your own card. Whether that be one, we made together a class or tweaking a design and adding your own elements to it. Take a picture and uploaded into your project section and tell us who you gave it. Teoh, I cannot wait to see what you come up with. If you're not sure how to upload a project, I've provided a quick demo for you. Once you've taken your pictures, head on over to the class page on skill share. Click on your project to get started. Scroll down until you see. Create your project and click on it. You should see a page that allows you to upload photos and write a description of your work . Click on upload image and select your photos from wherever you saved them. Right. Any information you'd like to share with everyone and include any other photos you'd like for us to see? Maybe your process feel free to add any skill tags so that others can see your work finally hit. Publish. Congratulations your work is now visible for other students to interact with and be inspired by. 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