My Watercolor Christmas Wreath Obsession

I love Procreate and I love Christmas

The Christmas season is by far my favorite of the entire year. I love the music, the twinkly lights, the amazing food and beautiful decor (ahem…a nice watercolor Christmas wreath…)! There’s just something about the season that feels warm and cozy.

Last year around this time, a friend talked me into getting an iPad- and I have been absolutely hooked since! Its been a game changer to help lay out my calligraphy; but mostly for those days when I just want to sit on the couch snuggled in my favorite blanket and write! I have always loved the look of watercolor wreaths, but unfortunately haven’t been able to break into the watercolor world yet (we won’t count the one attempt I tried that was AWFUL- color mixing and I do not get along). But! Enter iPad, Skillshare, and YouTube and I started learning how to create these designs digitally. I was amazed at the beautiful quality that can be achieved using digital watercolor! Over the past month, I have been on such a kick of creating watercolor Christmas wreaths. It is so much fun to play around with different techniques that I’ve learned to develop my own style!

My Watercolor Christmas Wreaths

This past few weeks have been especially crazy- as is the case for many of us this time of year. One day last week, I needed a particular rest, so I sat down with my Christmas music on and started drawing. I felt myself instantly relax! This first wreath is a loose style leaf and berries design.

Watercolor wreath with green leaves, red berries. "Noel" written in calligraphy
Noel Wreath

This next wreath is quite simple, but I still like the way that it turned out! My sweet friend Pamela Gibbs let me try out her new copperplate procreate brushes! I don’t do copperplate, but I do tend to follow a good set of “rules” in my modern script. I love how thin the hairlines are in this brush! It does really well with flourishes too! This sweet scripture from 2 Corinthians 9:15 is just the perfect fit!

Watercolor pine and berries wreath. "Thanks be to god for his indescribable gift" written in calligraphy
“Thanks be to God for His Indescribable Gift” Wreath

With the more wreaths I create, I think I am starting to prefer a more asymmetrical style with an incomplete circle. This next wreath is one that I designed to try out this look!

Wreath with pine and green leaves, red berries. Text "Glory to god in the highest and on earth peace, good will to men" written in calligraphy.
Glory to God Wreath

And my favorite so far! I love this style of wreath! (Asymmetry again!)

Peace on Earth Wreath

A Few of My Favorite Tools

I can’t go without mentioning a few of my favorites. I have learned so so much from Teela Cunningham through her watercolor florals class! She has a wonderful brush set that I use almost exclusively. (No commission here, she’s just a wonderful human and has a great product!

My go to lettering brushes are from Molly Suber Thorpe and this new copperplate brush I mentioned earlier in the article from Pamela Gibbs (you can contact her via instagram if you want to give it a try!).

Prints of these wreaths and others are available in my shop! So stop by while you’re here!

So Which Christmas Watercolor Wreath is Your Favorite?

Let me know in the comments!

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