I've been in a creative and emotional slump of late. Initially I was burned out getting ready for the sale but it just got worse and worse. I needed something beautiful, fun, creative. I tried to get into a Southern Exposure workshop I'd not previously enrolled for but they were filled (and I'm headed back in another week or two anyway). Then I saw that Michelle Detering, who taught the watercolor-your-pet class was doing a Christmas card watercolor class.
I was so ready!
Michelle does a fun class and we had seven students eager to paint their hearts out. And paint we did. She had roughed in two designs, a deer...(here's an early look at mine)
...and a snowflake.
She taught us different background techniques and we were able to use some new materials like a wonderful fluid that mixed to make a pearly sheen on the snowflake.
Then we had two blank cards. On one we worked with a wax resist pencil, like the kind you get in Easter Egg kits.
On the other she showed us how to do a winter scene.
Your best work is rarely the work you do in your first class but I felt fairly pleased with most of mine and I think others in the class were, too.
And best of all, we had an enormous amount of fun.
Which for me was what it was all about! (Rudolph's red nose is not from the wine Michelle served, but some of my boo-boos may be related!)
Oh, and here's something to remember. A few days after the class, Pat, who attended with me, came over and she said "I liked my cards better the next day." And I agreed in terms of mine. If you aren't pleased with your work, or even if you are, leave it for awhile and come back later. You probably will like it better when you aren't so close to the frustration of getting it right. And if you don't, you can make any corrections or modifications when you aren't perhaps so stressed.
Do you make your own Christmas cards or some of them? Photos? Collage? Paint? Mixed Media? Do you make every card individually or do you photograph or scan and then print. (I recommend VistaPrint.com for nice quality, excellent prices and frequent sales.) Share!
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