Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May your holiday be filled with happiness, family, and friends......and time for a painting or two!!

Happy Painting!

Monday, December 17, 2012

It's almost Christmas---I don't have time to paint!!

It's almost Christmas and you think you don't have time to paint. Presents to buy and wrap? Cookies to bake? Cards to send?

I have a sneaky way to do one of these things and still do a little painting too! I paint my Christmas cards. There are several ways to accomplish this, depending on the time you have available.

Option 1
Cut watercolor paper into card size. Fold in half which ever direction you would like the card to open and paint a simple holiday scene on the front of the card and write you own personal holiday message inside. I have done this many times and have been flattered that the recipient framed the card to display as part of their Christmas decorations. Envelops can be purchased at office supply stores. If you have many people on your Christmas card list, this is the most time consuming option. However, a simple wreath or snowman can be painted quickly.

Option 2
Paint one holiday scene for your card. Take a photo and do one of the following:

  • Select and order printed Christmas cards, just like you would do for a family photo!

  • Print individual photos (4" x 6") size and use purchased cards to slide you photo in.

I selected Option 2 for the card displayed above. The picture is the photo I used to make my cards. I purchased cards with envelops and the slot ready to hold a 4" x 6" photo. I took a flash drive with the photo stored on it and went to a 1 hour photo kiosk to have to photos printed. (I grocery shopped while my photos were being printed.).

Either option you choose, you get to check a Christmas job off of your list and sneak in some fun painting time too!

Happy Painting and Merry Christmas!