A botanical Christmas card in pen and watercolour with Sandrine Maugy

Botanical art

Ref: S1D11214


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About this course

Using ink and watercolour, design and paint your personalised Christmas card, while working from photographs and plants.

Course Description

Working from photographs as well as live plants, you will design and draw your card, then use an ink line and some watercolour paints to give it impact and colour.

The aims of the course are to:

Improve your composition skills

Increase your understanding of pattern

Learn how to ink a drawing

Increase your confidence in watercolour techniques

Develop your knowledge and understanding of colours and colour-mixing theory

The tutor will teach you techniques in composition, pattern design, sketching, ink work, tone, wet-in-wet watercolour painting, dry brush painting and colour-mixing. She will support you with demonstrations throughout the day, as well as one-to-one advice and support.

During the course, you will become more familiar with the ink drawing and watercolour painting process, gain theoretical knowledge as well as practice, improve your identification of colours as well as be able to reproduce them.

The theme will be predominantly botanical but other subjects can be introduced into the design, especially if you are thinking of a particular person who will receive your card. Ideas of other subjects: someone’s pet or house, Christmas song illustration, robin or squirrel - please bring your photographs for inspiration.

You can either paint a card to send as an original or use the design for printing, as the tutor will give some guidelines about designing to print.

At the end of the course, you should be able to take home some notes, sketches and one finished Christmas card.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Watercolour paints shared by the group, cartridge paper, watercolour paper, two paintbrushes, cartridge paper, dip pens and waterproof black ink, tracing paper and transfer paper as well as plant materials.

What students need to bring

  • Pencils and a rubber, white china saucer or palette, a waterproof fine felt tip art pen if you prefer this to a dip pen (all available to buy in the College shop)


Sandrine Maugy

Sandrine Maugy is a member of the Society of Floral Painters and the Society of Botanical Artists. She writes articles for Artists & Illustrators and her book Colours of Nature was published in 2013.

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