Caroline suggested that to get inspiration for your card it is a good idea to have a look at cards from earlier years. Christmas cards have evolved in their design from the Victorian age to the present day.
We looked at several different cards from the Art Deco to the war years , here are a few examples:-
Caroline decided on a stylised angel for today’s demo.
She started by drawing out the shape to fill the card using the angel wings to stretch up into the corners.
She then chose a focal point which in this case would be a light being carried by the angel. Next she angled the lines of the wings so that they drew the eye to the focal point. You can find many different styles of angel on the internet on which to base your own creation.
Once happy with your outline you must choose your colours so that the angel comes forward in the painting.
Caroline started with a turquoise wash on the angel’s robe and then used a cobalt blue for the background. She mixed a warm red to add interest to the robe. The light is then added using a bright yellow and this colour is also added to the angel’s halo and as reflected light on her wings.
This was just a quick sketch from which she would go on to produce the finished card.
If you would prefer to make a humorous card , again there are many examples on the internet. Last year Caroline made a card for her friend who had a cat called Jack. She drew Jack as a Christmas tree with his little paws holding candles and a fish shaped Christmas present under the tree.