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Christmas Crafts and DIY

Hand Painted Christmas Card DIY #Blogmas

December 21, 2018

I can’t believe there are only a few days to go until Christmas! I’ve enjoyed the build up to this year more than any other. I’ve had so much fun creating my ebook, I’ve loved blogging nearly every day. Despite all the busyness of the blog front, this has been one of the most chilled out Christmases I’ve ever had. I’ve just really enjoyed being creative and making things and sharing them with everyone. I’m going to very sad when Christmas is over, but I guess I can start making plans for Spring.

One of my lovely birthday presents at the beginning of the month, was lots of new acrylic paints from my mum and dad. So far I’ve used them for lots of things, including a hand painted Christmas card. I was in two minds about sharing this one, as I’m not 100% happy with how it came out and I’ve only had time for a first attempt. However these things are always a work in progress and it might inspire someone else to spend a couple of mindful hours doing something creative.

I love to put on an audio book, clear my head and relax while I make stuff. It’s not always about having a perfect finished product, but more about the actual time spent making it. The inspiration for my hand painted card came from one of my favourite things – gorgeous London houses with yellow doors! If you follow me on instagram you’ll know that I love yellow doors, so this card is a great representation of me!

You will need:

To make the card I used a blank card, a ruler, an HB pencil and several colours of acrylic paint.

Step One:

First of all I carefully drew the door and area around it using my ruler. This took a little while as I wanted to get the symmetry right and keep it all as even and neat as possible.

Step Two:

I then carefully started painting, I used white for the building and mixed an off white for the bits in between.

Step Three:

Once I had finished painting, I thought it looked a little plain so I also added a garland around the door and wrote Merry Christmas.

What I’d do differently next time:

Although I’m pretty happy with my first attempt, I think I’d like to do a darker brick building next time, as I’m not sure about all the white. I might also add a bit more detail to the door and some decorations on the railings. The most important thing is that I enjoyed making it!

Now that Christmas is nearly over, I’m looking forward to painting more yellow doors across the different seasons. I think spring doors with blossoms and wisteria would look lovely and an autumnal one with pretty red ivy would also look gorgeous. Do you have any painting tips I should try?

For more ideas check out the Christmas section of the blog. You can also find more project in the craft section.

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