Greeting cards in watercolor

It’s this time of the year again ! So this week i’m painting greeting cards in watercolor. Three templates easy to paint !

I’ve been inspired by some past watercolors i’ve done for this three little cards. Maybe you remember this video of 4 examples of skies. I’ve just use the nordic light sky for one of my greeting cards. Two month ago, i’ve also painted a pine cone and i use the same idea but simplify on another card. And for the last one, it’s a very simple christmas tree with gold and copper baubles.

Watercolor greeting cards in video

Greeting cards in watercolor - ENGLISH VERSION

I’m so sorry for my bad voice in this video, a bad cold caught me !

The key to succeed in the painting of this three little cards is to not aim for a very realistic outcome. Just an impression of the subject will be enough to evocate an image to your spectator. Trust him ! For example, the pine cone is very drafty, sketchy and i’m sure you recognize right away a pine cone. So don’t bother to paint to much details and focus on the essential.

The big plus of this little watercolor paintings is that you don’t need to know how to draw to make them. The christmas tree ? Just a scribble, back and forth in a triangular shape. The pine cone ? A scribble again but with rounder shapes. The nordic light ? a gradient and some scribbles at the foreground !

For this paintings i’ve used some special effect paints. But as it’s my first time with this, i’m detailing to much how to use them and what they can achieve. I need to test them more and learn before ! But i’ll make a video about them in the futur for sure !

Brushes : Raphaël petit gris le “803” nº2, Escoda Versatil nº6, Winsor & Newton Foundation nº6.
Colors : Indigo (Winsor & Newton), Ultramarine blue (Daniel Smith), Cerulean blue (Daniel Smith), Viridian (Schmincke), Quinacridone gold (Daniel Smith), Verona gold ochre (Daniel Smith), Burnt sienna (Schmincke).
Special colors : Iridescent gold (Daniel Smith), Iridescent copper (Daniel Smith), Pearlescent shimmer (Daniel Smith).

And here you have the final painting (click to enlarge) :

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