Christmas Lights Doodle Card

Hey, I’m Catherine but mostly know as Keep Living Faster over on Instagram.️ I’m a watercolor and lettering artist, I absolutely love watercolors and lately been doing lots of doodles and illustrations so for today’s Christmas Card Tutorial I’ll be sharing my process of these Christmas lights doodles!

Christmas it’s just around the corner and I’m so excited! 2020 has been challenging and exhausting to say the least for all of us. Looking forward 2021, hopefully it’s a better year and we all keep making lots of art!


Materials for this project (I’ll be using these brands but you can use what you have at home and have fun! ) :

  • Canson XL Watercolor Paper (1 sheet)

  • Karin Brush Marker Pro (Olive Green, Lime Green, Red, Lipstick Red and Burgundy)

  • Eraser

  • Zebra Mechanical Pencil

  • Winsor and Newton Fineliner size 8

  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen N75

  • Princeton Watercolor Round Brushes (size 2 and 3)

  • Sakura Gelly Roll or Dr. Ph. Martins Bleed Proof White

  • Pentel Touch Pen in Gray

  • ANJ Handmade Watercolors in Candy Corn

Step 1: Fold your paper in half and sketch your lettering with a pencil.


Step 2: Add some lights bulbs, doesn’t need to be perfect, this is just the sketch and you can change everything you want. Arrange the lines of the wires as you add lights.

Step 3: Draw over your sketch with a black fine liner and over your lettering sketch with the Tombow Brush Pen. This helps to have a clean piece to work with the markers and don’t have to erase over the watercolor when it’s done.

Step 4: Apply a stroke on one edge to blend with water and leave some highlights

Step 5: Apply a darker tone while it’s a little wet on top to create a gradient then paint the bulb base with the metallic watercolor


Step 6: Now start with the lettering, I’ll do the small letters and the “&” with the metallic watercolor .


Step 7: For the other letters, I’ll apply a little marker strokes on the top, then some metallic watercolor and blend them together to create a nice gradient.

Step 8: With your white pen or ink add some highlights on the bulbs.

Step 9: Lastly, add some shadows to the downstrokes with the gray pen,

And that’s it! Super easy way to create a creative Christmas Card!

I hope you try this tutorial and have happy holidays, it will be so different this year but spend time with your loved ones and stay safe! Hopefully next year we’ll be around all our family and can hug them. ️

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