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A Dahlia for Christmas, with Work in Progress Photos

dahlia floral painting

©2011 Carolyn A. Pappas, A Dahlia for Christmas. Watercolor and colored pencil, 8 x 10 inches.

This is my latest painting, which I used as the image for my Christmas cards this year. I painted it in watercolor first, and then went over it with colored pencil. I wanted something really bright and bold, and I think that I got what I was going for even though it isn’t blatantly Christmas themed.

If you scroll down you can see two work in progress photos plus my printed cards that I got in the mail the other day. Opening up my package made all my hard work seem worth it. I ordered my cards with red envelopes. I am really happy with the quality, although I wish I had the option to have 5 x 7 cards printed.

in progress floral painting

This is after I finished the watercolor and had just started on the colored pencil.

in progress floral painting

I worked from top left to lower right and used a piece of paper towel to rest my hand on to avoid smudging the colored pencil.

dahlia christmas card

My finished card.

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