We just put up our Christmas tree, so forgive me for the Christmas tree kick I find myself on this week. I can’t help myself. Christmas trees are fun to make and you can make them as simple or detailed as you want.
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For our Christmas tree project, we chose a simple triangle shape with a rectangle trunk and circle bulbs. I think the clean lines of the simple shapes worked well and would be perfect for artists of all ages.
I started by drawing a tree on a piece of watercolor paper and then cutting it into four equal parts horizontally. I was asked on one of my last projects if it is necessary to use watercolor paper. I do recommend it. Regular paper will curl and wrinkle when you use watercolors or watered down paints on them.
I used watered down acrylics instead of traditional water colors, but watercolors will work just fine. I painted each section using different shades of green for the trees and different colored back drops for each section.
Once all four sections were painted and dry. I glued the pieces back together on a regular piece of paper.
I loved the final result.
I had so much fun with this one, I wanted to try one more.
For this one, I cut a snowflake out of a piece of regular white paper. I drew a cross through the center of the snowflake to quarter it off.
I painted each section in different colors and let it dry. Because I glued this to another piece of paper any wrinkles or curls smoothed out.
I took a piece of watercolor paper and folded it in half twice to form four equal sections. I painted a cross through the folds as a guideline for painting.
I painted all four sections in a different color and let them dry. When the paint dried, I used a glue stick to glue the snowflake to the center of the page, making sure to line up the folds in the snowflake with the folds on the paper.
I love the bold look of the snowflake.
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