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Want to get to grips with your paint brush for the festive season? PaperCrafter designer Ingrid Vichova is on hand to show you exactly how with not one, not two but three different mediums from Royal Talens’ Art Creation range. Give gouache paints a go, win at watercolouring or opt for acrylics to take your greetings from average to awesome – there’s certainly nothing average about these designs!

Painted Christmas Cards

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Paint: Royal Talens Art Creation Water Colour, Gouache, Acrylic
Pencils, Royal Talens Bruynzeel Colour
Gel pens, Royal Talens Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight
Stamps, Lawn Fawn Simply Winter Sentiments
Ink pads: Tsukineko VersaFine Onyx Black; Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Carnation Red
Watercolour paper
Tools: paint brushes, paint palette
Adhesives: masking tape, glue


Watercolour Wreath
1. Draw a faint circle in pencil onto watercolour card, 10.5cm x 15cm. Squeeze a tiny amount of watercolour paint in yellow, blue, green and dark red onto a paint palette.

2. Mix a tiny amount of the green into the yellow paint to create a light green hue, then paint branches using a detail paint brush, evenly spreading the branches around the circle.

3. Paint several holly leaves in green. Mix a small amount of blue paint with the green to create a darker green and paint more branches, filling in any open spaces. Add berries with red paint.

4. Once dry, apply shading and more details with colouring pencils. Trim the card, then mount onto a white blank. Stamp a sentiment onto white in black ink, snip into a banner and fix to the greeting.

Acrylic Landscapes
1.  Sketch houses and trees onto watercolour card, 10.5cm x 15cm, using colouring pencils. Squeeze a small amount of acrylic paint in white, dark red, mid blue, light green and dark brown onto a paint palette.

2. Colour in the houses, add paint to the trees, snowman and snowy ground, then apply more snow to the roofs and tree tops in white. Mix a tiny bit of white with all of the colours and add highlights to the houses.

3. Use dark brown paint to add details to the windows. Mix a little bit of white with blue to create a very light blue and add more details to the snowman, snow and windows, then paint some snowflakes.

4. Take the Moonlight gel pens and apply tiny dots under the roofs and in between the snowflakes. Once dry, trim the card and mount onto a white blank. Stamp a sentiment in black to finish.

Gouache Greetings
1. Trim watercolour card to 10.5cm x 15cm and mask off the top section. Add a small amount of gouache paint in white, black, green, dark blue and red onto a paint palette. Mix the white and black paints to create a light grey. Add water to dilute it. Using a wide flat paint brush, apply the diluted paint all over the card, then leave to dry.

2. Take a detail paint brush and add tiny branches in green. Paint small triangles in dark blue, then small stars and snowflakes using a mix of white and dark blue. Fill in the gaps with berries using red paint. Once dry, add details with the Moonlight gel pens. Adhere a stamped sentiment, before fixing onto a blank.

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