25 Christmas Painting References to Put You in a Festive Mood

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If you’re an artist ready to get in the festive mood, check out these Christmas painting references that will make you want to deck the halls.

When the holidays come around, I love making holiday-themed art. From drawings to paintings and more, I find it so relaxing to sit down and make festive art.

Christmas paintings make great wall art, bullet journal spread designs and even handmade holiday greeting cards. So if you’re looking for gift ideas, consider making paintings for friends and family.

When I’m ready to start painting for the holidays, I like to use a variety of Christmas reference photos and paintings. If you’re the same way, here are Christmas painting references for you.

These designs were created by talented artists that I highly recommend following on social media if you like their work. Links to their Instagram accounts are included below their painting.

Gather Your Watercolor Supplies

colorful christmas tree

Artist Credit: malgrodzka

christmas lantern

Artist Credit: zirkus_design

gingerbread house

Artist Credit: _alicia.im.wunderland_

Choosing Your Paint and Paper

The first thing you want to do when painting is choose the right paints and paper. Paints and paper come in a wide variety of colors and styles. This can make it overwhelming to pick out what you really need for your project.

tree covered in snow

Artist Credit: aimeeschreiber

christmas tree and fireplace

Artist Credit: artbytmb

gingerbread man

Artist Credit: arteinpara

A watercolor paint that I enjoy using is the Winsor and Newton paint that comes in tubes. When doing acrylic painting, I’ve been using the Arteza acrylic paint. This paint comes in tubes as well.

lamp in snow

Artist Credit: artworkshop2865

grinch stealing star on tree

Artist Credit: brushstrokesbykam

reindeer painting

Artist Credit: dra.designproduct

Along with choosing your paints, a good watercolor paper is a must for any watercolor painting project you undertake. The heavy, absorbent paper will not tear or pill when it’s used with watercolors.

golden retriever puppy

Artist Credit: the_tinted_palette

snoopy painting

Artist Credit: jacobgoldenart

holiday doodles

Artist Credit: malgrodzka

A good watercolor paper doesn’t have to be expensive either. I really love using the Arteza watercolor pad that can be used for watercolor and acrylic paint.

Remember to Have Fun

Always remember to have fun when you’re painting. Paint what makes you happy and don’t worry about making mistakes. The best paintings that you create will be the ones that put a smile on your face and others.

christmas tree with markers

Artist Credit: carri_scribbles

the grinch painting

Artist Credit: brushstrokesbykam

colored pencil christmas drawing

Artist Credit: la.vra

If you’re using one of these paintings for reference, make things fun by adding your own style to the art piece. For example, when looking at the Christmas tree below, you can draw your tree differently, create a different ornament style, use different colors, and more. Get creative.

watercolor wreath

Artist Credit: loosegemalt

christmas whale

Artist Credit: love_art_3729

painted christmas polar bear

Artist Credit: malgrodzka

watercolor gnomes

Artist Credit: marcusminervino

christmas snowglobe

Artist Credit: pen_and_brush_

christmas doodles

Artist Credit: miss.meissa

spiced holiday drink

Artist Credit: psz_art

girl eating gingerbread cookie

Artist Credit: purityarts

tis the season snow globe

Artist Credit: the_dentartist

lamp with wreath

Artist Credit: y_yumaeva

I hope you’ve been inspired by the paintings in this post. Make your favorite festive drink, gather your painting supplies, and have fun painting.

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