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          4 Frosty Painting Projects We're Loving This Winter

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          Let it snow and let the paint flow! Freezing temps are the perfect excuse to cozy up with your brushes and create a few wintry works of art. Cocoa optional.

          1. Snowy Boughs

          Evergreen trees loaded with snow scream "winter," but painting those limbs can be pretty tricky. This tutorial shows you how to mix subtle shadows and highlights to give your snow dimension. The result: a totally realistic acrylic painting.

          2. Winter Mountainscape

          Rule No. 1 of watercolor sketching: keep it easy and loose. You can bust out this beautiful winter landscape crazy fast — all you need is a cool color palette and a wet brush!

          3. Watercolor Pine Forest

          One color, three washes and voila. This watercolor scene is so, so simple that even first-time watercolorists can crush it.

          'Tis the season to wear all the sweaters, eat all the carbs and remember just how stunning a winter landscape can be. So whip out those watercolor paints. When you're done with the fun and easy project below, you'll have a pine forest worthy of a wintry reverie.

          4. Snowflake Cards

          Handmaking your holiday cards can be a bit daunting (especially if you have a big family to send 'em to), but this DIY makes it simple. These pretty flakes are also a great way to master an essential watercolor technique: dropping in color .

          For this year's holiday cards, flex your painting skills! These fancy snowflakes pop with color and are crazy simple to create, so you can whip up a custom version for everyone on your list. Grab your brushes, fill a cup with water and let's go!

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