How to watercolor a Christmas card in 5 minutes with 3 colors

It's possible to paint something in just about 5 minutes, and I have the perfect tutorial for you.

Are you like me and love to paint sunsets? This card is perfect for you!

Using the Snowy village stamp by Blue Knight Stamps is one of my favorite stamps for watercolor cards for Christmas that isn't a green or red card.

I would love to know if you look for stamps that you can add a sunset too? I know I can't be the only one right? 

Enjoy the process and creativity! 

Happy Creating!

Why I am a Watercolor Mastery Student

Summer Grass (sold)
My first piece of art that was in a Gallery in Des Moines.this summer 

Get your watercolors ready, this is going to be a great journey! Angela Fehr is enrolling students to her Watercolor Mastery Class! It's a 6-week class to help watercolor artists become their favorite artist! I can't wait to be a student in her class!

My Top 5 reasons why I am taking this class:

My Loose Rose study from AF. Lovely Loose Floral class

1. I really at a crossroads with watercolor, I know more than enough techniques, that I can critique my own paintings, But I am not Loving my paintings as much as I was hoping for. I want to love what I paint, (more often than not)

2. I need a Creative distraction. Seriously, I am making drama in my family's life, when that drama needs to be on the page- Just Keeping it real for you guys! Thanks, Julia Cameron for that!

3. I feel like it's time for me to grow as an artist, and Angela is so authentic with her teaching that I feel comfortable stretching and growing my skills as she helps mentor her students, it's really a great feeling knowing she is there to help you! I have learned so many insights from her critiques and comments!

Single Rose study
4. I need a reason to paint. I have a painting in my mind, ALL THE TIME. But the fear and the reality of  "doing the work" get's in the way. I really want to change my mindset, and be more proactive when I am painting. I want to always be painting with confidence, and I know without a doubt this 6-week class will help with that.

5. I need some time to myself. I need to grow as an artist and I need that structured time for my self to learn, so in 2019 I can hit the ground running with my art. I know I need this time because I just got done with the Lovely Loose Floral class Angela did on Facebook, which was amazing! I missed that painting daily challenge, Opps- there's my confession, my paints are drying out and it makes me sad! 

If you were able to take a watercolor class to help with your skills, what class would you take, and why?

Paint with me, and Angela and the rest of her students, This is a gift you can give yourself to become your favorite artist, and I can't wait to see what creativity you, and I can come up with when working with watercolor! Her enrollment starts today and ends when the class is full, or when it starts. I missed out last time because I was to slow! I can't miss out again!  Go here for all the info you would need to get started! 

See you in Class!

Positive Vibe Cards to your BFF

Warm-ups are part of an artist's way of producing art.
the background was simple line brush strokes to learn
what blues can do. Adding a simple sentiment with a
frame around it helps tie in the composition.
I used only one stamp: Penny Black's Hope Shines Through.
We all need those phone calls, cards, and prayers when a friend, or a family needs emotional support at times right?

I thought I would share with you some of the cards I like to send that really don't take to much time to do. If you like watercolor the fun part is, you have paintings, or exercises to help you make these cards fast, (the hard part is already done for you right?  Let me  Explain:

As a watercolor artist, I have a ton of good paintings that will not see the light of day, seriously my batting average for a good painting is like 1 out of 15, so twice a month I will have a good painting that I am willing to frame. ( that leaves me with a bunch of extra paintings to make cards out of! Hah!

So my process is simple, I buy a lot  of Background stamps, they serve two purposes,
1. They are perfect for watercolor warm-ups and I can use the stamped background for easy Clean and Simple Cards (CASS)
2. The background stamps are usually really open-ended so I can do a lot with them including mixed media pieces.

Pair background stamps with some nice size sentiments and you have a good card to send with your artistic style. It's that simple let me show you some ideas!

I like to save time in my creating time that I do have, so you will often see me stamp with black or brown archival ink on some card panels, that way when I am ready to paint I have some things already to add pigment too, it's up to me to decide what kind of media I want to use.
I enjoy Mandalas for uplifting and encouraging cards.
This background stamp is from Taylored Expressions
 I will also see the end from the beginning with cards and stamps, I will clear heat to emboss knowing what I want to do with it (watercolor) to get a resist effect. Then later I will add a sentiment that fits the occasion.

Star Background Stamp from Taylored Expressions
Faith Sentiment from Penny Black
 used Kureatake's Pearl Colors
A great way to make an uplifting card is keeping the color palette simple and easy, using your knowledge of color and keeping it as simple as possible will really help. This card I was strategic, I knew I wanted the stars to stand out just a bit, so I glazed over them with other colors to give it a pop of color. It works great, and I enjoyed making it.

I also love when a style of a card shows through unexpectedly, What I mean, is this stencil is from Penny Black, and I just love it, I used a gold texture embossing paste and it was so pretty as a background I had to use it for something elegant, I didn't want to take away from the beauty, so I added a vellum panel and heat embossed this sentiment to add to the simple beauty of this card. What a beautiful wedding card this will make! For this card, I used the Penny black Faith Sentiment set again and PB's Vine stencil.
I would love to know what you think makes a good uplifting positive vibe card? Does humor take a part in it? (something I lack in my card designs!?)

Happy Creating, When creating positive and uplifting vibe cards, it gives me a lot of peace and joy that comes from the process of creating the card. Then when I send the card to a friend, I get that joy back from a phone call, or a text saying thank you for the card, (my joy comes from making the card and sending the card to a dear friend!)

Happy Creating!

how to Craft a Christmas Card Collection

Crafting a Country Christmas Card Collection makes me happy! Here are some of my insights on how I created this collection. Links to the products I used are at the bottom of this post. Thank you Blue Knight Stamps for providing these stamps to share!

A Winter Cabin in the Woods

A good Card collection has a certain style to it that makes you feel like it's a complete collection.

Snowy Village

Winter Barn

While designing this collection, I wanted each card to feel like a part of a Christmas event I celebrate.

Car in a Scene
 I wanted to add my thoughts at Christmas through activities I cherish, For example, Sunday Before Christmas, Our big multi-generation family Christmas at a lodge, The scene of Christmas day, Going to Grandma's for Christmas brunch or dinner. sharing Christmas with Farming Friends that keep it real! 

Snowy Village

Some design elements and tips that helped with having a united look was having stamps that had the same feeling I was trying to convey. The stamps needed to be open-ended for watercolor and yet detailed enough so I didn't have to color them too much. These stamps from Blue Knight Stamps were the perfect fit for that! 

Have a simple color pallet, I love keeping Christmas Cards simple with some pop.      When designing a card collection I always ask why? Why am I creating it, Why would my viewer want to have this collection of Cards? Why would I want to display these as a whole as Christmas decorations? Those questions all have great value in creating a cohesive look.  Creating Country Christmas Cards I had to add some flannel or plaid, I also wanted some simple watercoloring, So there you have a simple watercolor style with some really impressive stamps. I hope you have a wonderful time creating some Christmas Cards for your loved ones this year. I always enjoy mailing them out and getting text messages back saying they loved my card I sent. Isn't it a great feeling when you send a card you made for a friend or family. I always hope that they want to frame the cards, these cards are frame worthy I think. 

Stamps I used: All from Blue Knight stamps. They offer free shipping on orders more than $50

Some of my favorite Materials I use for my watercolor cards:
Mixed Media Paper (for the stamped panel.)

A class you may want to take if you want to learn more about watercolor cards that I love and recommend is Creative Watercolor with Angela Fehr. Worth every Penny! 

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