Chalk pastels and construction paper are such a good match. A piece of black construction paper truly shows off some Christmas lights art. And this tutorial is fun for ALL ages! Make as many strands of lights as you’d like. You can make your lights all white or colorful like ours. You may even decide to do a separate shape.
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…let’s get started with these very few art supplies.
Christmas Lights Art Tutorial
Dark construction paper – black or blue. A rainbow of chalk pastel colors to match Christmas lights.
Begin with your green chalk pastel and make your strand or wire from which your lights will hang. While you have your green you can go ahead and add your base for each Christmas light.
Next take a colored chalk stick and draw the outline of your Christmas light. It is sort of shaped like a strawberry. Continue adding the colors you like. Then fill in each light with that beautiful color.
Take a finger and carefully blend each color. You probably want to use a new finger to blend each color. Or you can clean your finger on a baby wipe or wet paper towel in between each color.
Next is the really fun part! Take your finger and ‘pull’ the color of each Christmas light to make it glow! Once again you should try to keep those colors separate so that each will shine brightly.
Now, think about how Christmas lights glow and reflect their beautiful colors on the surrounding surfaces. There may even be some snow! So, finally, take your white chalk pastel and turn it on its side. Pull the color across the bottom of your paper. You can even take a bit of color and reflect it below each light! Be sure to use your finger to smooth and blend the colors.
More Christmas Art at Hodgepodge
Be sure to enjoy more of our holiday art and Christmas art tutorials. Christmas tree, nativity and more. Plus be sure to check out our A Simple Start in Christmas Chalk Pastels ebook with enough art to carry you through December!
Featuring You! You ARE an Artist!
So, paint your Glowing Christmas Tree and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @hodgepodgemom on social media, send a photo via the Hodgepodge contact form here or post on the Hodgepodge Facebook page. We will be sharing these via the Hodgepodge instagram or on our Art Tutorials Showcase Pinterest board – or both! Nana will even comment on a few I am sure!
Free eBook and More!
- Get your FREE ebook! Getting Started in Chalk Pastel Art.
- See how you can get started in just three steps! Watch the one minute You ARE an Artist video at chalkpastel.com
- A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons are here: 100+ Free Art Lessons for All Ages plus the video The Very Few Must Have Supplies for Chalk Pastel Art. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
- The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
- Encouragement: You Can Be an Artist! 10 Day series and Art for All Ages 10 Day series
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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches!
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