Greeting Card Paintings

For many years I have enjoyed making hand painted  cards for Christmas.  These are popular with many of my closest friends to the point that if I miss sending them, I get questions as to why “we did not get our annual card?”

Since I so much enjoy the chance to make small paintings  and to try everything and anything that comes to mind, it is never a chore.

The process begins by tearing 22″x30″ 140 lb. watercolor paper in half making (2) 15″x 22″ sheets, each of these is torn in half making (4) 11″ x 15″ sheets, that are torn in half making (8) 7″ x 11″ which I FOLD in half – the cards are made.  Now the fun begins.  I make a border using masking tape and the painting begins.

I rarely do any drawing but jump right in with a vague notion and a declaration  a  color.  This sets the feeling tone for the image and generates a stream of endless possibilities. I have complete freedom to paint any subject , figures, landscape, non-objective, light ,dark, good and bad.  Enjoy the trip!!!



  • Linda Clayton

    Dec 29, 2018 at 8:59 am Reply

    Hi Skip – I just saw your blog on Xmas cards that you send to your friends.

    Can I be your friend? (as they say in the 1st grade). or did i miss the whole event?

    Hope things are good with you and you’re healthy and happy and painting well.
    Love from Linda Clayton (chocolate person)

    • Skip Lawrence

      Jan 15, 2019 at 2:21 pm Reply

      Just like Mr. Rogers, please be my friend.


  • Jonlee Nunn

    Jan 15, 2019 at 1:20 pm Reply

    What a lovely idea and a gift to your friends. I am inspired to make a card for a close friends birthday. Starting early is the key for me, if I wait too long I’ll default into buying a card. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  • Ginger Sanaie

    Jan 22, 2019 at 8:33 am Reply

    Hand-made cards are having a moment, and are more meaningful, just like handwritten notes have more value today. I buy blank Strathmore cards and matching envelopes, and cut or tear watercolor paper to size. A tip: don’t bother gluing art to the card; use double-sided tape instead. I like Skip’s folded paper idea too.

  • Marlene Alexander

    Feb 17, 2019 at 6:13 pm Reply

    Looking forward to seeing you again in April near Portland! Hoping the weather permits going over the mountains! It’s been a spell since I’ve seen you and it’s going to be fun! 🙂

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