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A watercolor and ink painting, Christmas Stationery card of a frog with a Santa hat and scarf by Cindy Lou Bailey. frog, felipe, holiday, Christmas, cards, merry, snow, winter, scarf, mittens, cozy, jolly, tree, hand-lettering, ink, watercolor, varnish, w
Felipe the Jolly Holiday Frog
Watercolor, Ink, Hand-Lettering, Ageing & Crackle Varnish, and Oil Washes
13" x 9"
2014

Christmas & Holiday Stationery Card

This happy frog wishes you a Merry Christmas!

I created this piece on 140 lb. Cold Press watercolor paper using watercolor, ink, crackly varnish, and aging varnish. I painted Felipe and tree first with watercolor, lining them with ink. Then the hand-lettering was done in ink with a crow quill, and the stormy sky was created with watercolor washes. Next, I applied crackle varnish over the entire image and allowed it to dry overnight. The final step was the aging varnish, which settles into the crevices left by the crackle varnish and gives the image an old-timey feel.

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