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Today I finally finished the drawing for a Christmas card design I  started on 3 Christmases ago.  Originally I was going to do what most greeting card companies suggest and cut paper and use that technique to keep the design simple. I even had some brown paper that was just the right color for the camels that I wanted on my card.  So after going to Wetcanvas.com and checked their free reference photo library to refresh my mind on what a camel REALLY looks like, I turned the computer off and got to work drawing some camels on my brown paper and cutting them out with an Exacto knife. The camels turned out really well and there was even one who looked particularly spunky and happy to be traveling to Bethlehem. doing the paper cut outs did help with the composition, because it was then just an easy matter of placing one overlapping the other instead of trying to figure out where one would end and the other begin while I was drawing them. By the time I had gotten the Christmas star as well as some other stars cut out, in addition to my camels, some wise men, the manger, and a concept sketch for Mary and Joseph cut out I decided what I really wanted to do was to PAINT the card rather than work with paper cut outs.  In retrospect I wish I had stayed with the original concept instead of changing in mid stream, because I would have been done a long time ago. It created a lot of extra work to have to trace the things I had already cut out onto another piece of paper.  Then I started a long and tedious process of  drawing on tracing paper  and then tracing what I had drawn onto some heavy duty art paper after having cut it and arranged it in the composition I wanted.  Another thing I wish I had done a little differently would be to make the original drawing larger than the card and then just use the computer to shrink it down. Of course that might just encourage me to add even more detail and make things even more complicated ;/

I love the composition in this card. What I was really going for was the “perfect” Christmas card–something that perfectly expressed my feelings and sentiments about the meaning of Christmas, rather than some of the shallower, albeit fun Christmas messages out there. So in the center of this design is a heart with the Christmas star centered above it and piercing downward into it. Then moving around clockwise like a Mandela three little stars seem to dance in with joy in the night sky with the desire to follow the three wise men to Bethlehem. The three wisemen and their camels curve around the heart , hugging it closely on their journey to see the newborn king. Even one of the camels cannot contain his joy has as with a merry face he saunters jauntily along. Beyond the caravan a shepherd kneels with his sheep in adoration of the Christ Child. The infant Jesus smiles in his sleep in the manger as Joseph lovingly supports a weary, but joyful, Mary on his shoulder.  Moving upward around the second half of the heart, the composition then moves through some of the important events of Christ’s life.  We see the sea of Galilee where the apostles on their ship watch in awe as Christ walks toward them on the water. Next we follow a path past the house where the bedridden man is let down through the roof so that Jesus can heal him. The road continues on towards the mount where the multitude listens to Him teaching the Beatitudes. Next is a portrayal Him pleading with his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Beyond the Cross the Resurrected Lord is met by Mary at the tomb.

Right now this is simply a line drawing, but by this time next year I plan on having a full color version available for sale. For now, this design is also available on a variety of other zazzle products. Within the next couple days it will also be available as a print and greeting card on both Imagekind and RedBubble. (*UPDATE* now on fineartamerica too)

Wrapped in the arms of His Love tie

 

The background color on this tie can be customized also.

Wrapped in the arms of His Love shirt

 

This is only one of a multitude of shirt styles, colors, and sizes available.

Wrapped in the arms of His Love bag

 

This would make a classy reusable Christmas Gift bag, or just use it as a festive tote.
Wrapped in the arms of His Love print
Wrapped in the arms of His Love by dlmtleArt
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Wrapped in the arms of His Love stamp
Wrapped in the arms of His Love by dlmtleArt
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This week I created a series of products on Zazzle using my photo, Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade, in which a cold winters day hike through the snow towards Fox Creek in Rainier, Oregon reveals a pale blue winter sky seen through a stand of trees near the edge of a forest glade on the bottom of a sloping hill. Still attached to twigs and brambles autumn leaves appear golden in the sun like trail markers bordering a snowy path zig zagging across the hills an into the distance.

Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade invitation
This is invitation is blank on the back, just waiting for your custom text.
Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade photocard
This is a beautiful backdrop for your unique photo card.  Just add your own picture to the green frame and personalize the greeting. The frame color can be changed too.
Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade stationery
With a layer of semi transparent frosty white this picture make an enchanting writing paper.
Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade mug
I like how well the stainless steel of this travel mug goes with this wintry photograph.
Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade tie
This tie would make a nice gift for the nature loving outdoors man in your family.
Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade sticker
Use this with the stationery above, or anywhere just for fun.
This photograph looks great on these white tee shirts or on many of the other colors and styles available.
Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade card
Beautiful as a blank card or with your own unique message.
Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade postcard
Snowy Sunlit Forest Glade by dlmtleArt
More Postcard designs available online at zazzle

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Today I designed a group of items using a photo I took during Christmas break last year. In “Snowman Pizzazz” a little snowman stakes a stance on a snow-covered lawn with his arms thrown wide in a Broadway like pose. His large carrot nose is dusted with snow and one eye appears to wink.

snowman pizazz! photocard
This makes a great Christmas photo greeting card with a red frame around your family’s photo and a customizable holiday greeting.
snowman pizazz! invitation
Add some flair to your holiday party invitations with this spunky little snowman on a green background with red text–or customize it with colors of your choosing…
snowman pizazz! stationery
This is  fun stationery for those holiday letters, or for anytime the weather is cold and nippy outside. Printed with a green background by default, it can be printed in a variety of colors of your choosing…
snowman pizazz! letterhead
This is a great option for those Christmas letters to send out to your family and friends. Very festive on a red background, or choose a different color.
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
Shop for more cheap letterhead online at zazzle
snowman pizazz! petshirt
Cute sweater for your dog when it is cold and snowy out… available in pink or blue.
snowman pizazz! tie
Add some pizzazz to your wardrobe with this fun snowman tie.
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
Design a necktie with Zazzle
snowman pizazz! bumpersticker
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
Design bumper stickers online at Zazzle
Below are several of many shirst available in a myriad of sizes, colors, and styles. I particularly like them in green, red or white.
snowman pizazz! shirt
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
Shop for a tee on zazzle.com
snowman pizazz! postcard
Choose your own holiday greeting for this fun post card.
snowman pizazz! mousepad
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
Design a customized mousepad online with zazzle.com
snowman pizazz! apron
Feel extra festive while doing your holiday baking with this snowman apron.
snowman pizazz! hat
Red and white hat for Christmas. available in several other colors.
snowman pizzazz! by dlmtleArt
Browse all other custom caps on zazzle.com
snowman pizazz! bag
Fun canvas bag for gift giving or just to tote your own stuff.
Images and content on this blog are the intellectual property of  Dawna Morton.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not copy.
Dawna’s Buy               my art Gallery of Greeting Cards, Matted Prints, and T-shirts at RedBubble Buy               art

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Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
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http://www.redbubble.com/people/poemsproseart

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