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Festive florals

Tips, techniques and inspiration for designing your own Christmas cards this year, by Judith Milne

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to compose and design your cards

How to size down from a full-sized painting

If you intend to reproduce your card from an actual-size painting so reducing the image to fit the card size, you will need to ensure that the proportions are correct and fit within the shape. This diagram will help you decide on the right size and proportion of your paper. First, decide on your card size; 6x4in., 5x5in. and 7x5in. are standard. On a sheet of paper draw your required size then run a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite one, until you reach the desired size for that composition. Your image will then reduce down accurately.
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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. We have a plethora of styles, media and ideas for you to follow this month. David Bellamy introduces his techniques for using watercolour pencils when sketching landscapes, and Hazel Soan completes her series on painting wildlife in watercolour with three exciting demonstrations, culminating in the lion's head you see on this month's front cover. Charles Evans offers a step-by-step demonstration of a snow scene, which is just perfect for a Christmas card, and Judith Milne gives ideas and inspiration for producing floral cards for this time of year. There is a tutorial on painting reflections in different types of water, good composition ideas and an array of tips, techniques, practical advice and demonstrations to inspire you. Enjoy your month of painting.