Postcard Paint-Alongs

Fun, fast and easy! These little postcard projects are simple enough for beginners, but more experienced painters might pick up a few handy tips, too.

 Best of all, you end up with a hand-painted watercolor postcard to brighten someone’s day!

NOTE: This page only shows the most recent projects. Scroll down and click “Older Entries” to see more.

Click on the title of a Paint-Along below to watch the video and see a list of suggested supplies, plus photos, templates and other resources, if available.

Postcard Paint-Along: Crashing Surf

Postcard Paint-Along: Crashing Surf

Learn how to create the effect of big waves crashing against rocks, and also an easy way to add small figures to your postcards for scale and interest (no drawing ability required!).

22 min.

Sunrise Joy!

Sunrise Joy!

Learn to simplify the complexity of a sunrise (or sunset) to make it work for a postcard. We’ll create a variety of sunrise skies and add landscapes to turn them into finished postcards. You’ll learn about creating delicate graduated sky washes that glow with light, and capture a bit of the character of a sunrise sky without getting overwhelmed.

40 min.

Full Moon Over the Ocean

Full Moon Over the Ocean

What to do while you wait for me to hurry up and make a new Postcard Paint-Along? Try “stealing ideas” from a previous paint-along. Take the steps and techniques, change the colors and subject matter, and make something new! In this paint-along, we’ll use the techniques and steps from the Sunset Variations paint-along: https://youtu.be/XZFpFm-MA4k to create a completely different scene.

19 min.

Crazy Colorful Pears

Crazy Colorful Pears

Fun exercises in glazing and negative painting. Perfect for times when you feel like painting, but you’re too stressed or tired to focus on challenging work. A chance to play with color and different ways of applying paint while you practice essential watercolor skills.

41 min.

Sunset Variations

Sunset Variations

Use the same basic pattern to make multiple cards. Plus, a strategy for making sparkles on water and a way to suggest natural-looking grasses. 

41 min.

Backlit Clouds Variations

Backlit Clouds Variations

Simple techniques for suggesting skies with backlit clouds. Then some ideas for adding foreground elements to your sky studies to make finished postcards. Includes suggestions for protecting postcards in the mail.

41 min.

Sketching with Watersoluble Line

Sketching with Watersoluble Line

Super-simple and minimal supplies: a watersoluble pen, a wet brush and a postcard or sketchbook. This is basically a form of line-and-wash, but doesn’t seem to be taught or discussed much. My favorite super-lightweight sketching strategy.

24 min.

Full Moon Above the Forest

Full Moon Above the Forest

An easy way to get a nice, round moon without masking, plus a variety of techniques for suggesting trees, foliage and branches.

24 min.

Simple Iris

Simple Iris

A simple iris painted wet-into-wet within shapes. Plus, a strategy for painting “out-of-focus” backgrounds on florals.

24 min.

Welcome, Dragonfly!

It’s just a postcard! Low-stress projects to relax, experiment and try new things. And then send them off to brighten someone else’s day.

These projects are easy and accessible for everyone, but even experienced painters might pick up a handy tip here and there.

The button below links to a demo with information on supplies and materials.

 

Hi Dragonfly!

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