DIY Watercolor Christmas

DIY Watercolor Christmas : Easy painting ideas and techniques for cards, gifts and decor

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Make this Christmas a watercolor wonderland with this creative guide to painting through the festive season.

Christmas is the perfect time to get creative with watercolors with lots of handmade cards to paint - but cards are only a small part of the ideas that you will get from this book. Here you'll find a wealth of inspiration and techniques for all sorts of watercolor projects this Christmas!

First, the book covers the materials and equipment you need for watercolor painting - from paints and brushes to paper and other materials such as masking fluid and watercolor ground. You'll then learn how to create both traditional and contemporary color palettes for Christmas, and discover a wide range of watercolor techniques including washes, layering, blending and gradation, plus experimental ideas to try such as using salt, bleach and masking fluid in your work.

Twelve creative projects follow, with easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorials so that even beginners to watercolor can jump right in. Learn how to paint your own Christmas cards, gift tags and gift boxes, create seasonal table settings, hand painted Christmas crackers and garlands, and unique hand-painted Christmas gifts including a watercolor wreath.

Using innovative but accessible watercolor primer products, you can now prepare a wide variety of surfaces for watercolor painting. This inspirational book will also show you how to use these exciting new products to paint onto glass baubles, 3D cardboard letters, wooden tree ornaments and more. And once you have the skills, who knows where your imagination will take you?

Finally, a gallery of additional Christmas motifs and designs that can be used for further inspiration can be found at the end of the book including reindeer, robins, mittens, snowflakes, stars, baubles, snowmen, candy canes, winter foliage, presents, decorations, elves and much much more!

Artist Ingrid Sanchez, aka @creativeingrid, is a self-confessed Christmas afficianado who has brought all her Christmas spirit to bear in creating and illustrating this book. In this unique celebration of Christmas in watercolor, she shares her beautiful artwork and expert guidance, which will help you turn Christmas into the most artistic time of the year!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 215 x 255 x 12.7mm | 521.63g
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 541 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1446308448
  • 9781446308448
  • 856,632

Table of contents

Introduction 6
Materials and Equipment 8
Understanding Color 12
Basics and Beyond 18
Washes and Textures 20
Lines and Shapes 30
Experimental Watercolor 40
Project Preparation 54
Projects on Paper 56
Creative Christmas Cards 58
Winter Landscape 66
Traditional Wreath 72
Evergreen Reindeer 78
Robin Red-Breast 82
Supercool Snowflakes 86
DIY Projects 90
Little Stockings 92
Festive Letters 96
Party Crackers 102
Keepsake Boxes 106
Patterned Garlands 110
Galaxy Ornaments 114
Kirigami Decorations 118
Motif Gallery 122
About the Author 126
Acknowledgements 126
Index 127
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About Ingrid Sanchez

Ingrid Sanchez is a Mexican artist and designer based in London. She paints every day using watercolors and mixed media, gaining inspiration from nature. She runs workshops from her home studio as well as around the world including Amsterdam and New York. She has over 70,000 followers on Instagram. This is her first book.
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