Fearless Friday, “Christmas Tea”


Let’s take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle

and relax with a cup of “Christmas Tea”






The inspiration photo for this drawing is a holiday kitchen towel by Mary Lake-Thompson







I started the sketch by drawing the ribbon bow first





Then I filled in the rest of the arrangement behind it





I changed a few elements, and as I inked the pencil sketch, I made adjustments






After erasing the pencil sketch I started with the highlights

using a watercolor brush pen





Then added light red areas with a watercolor brush pen





Then darker reds





I blended out the apples with a water brush pen




Next I added brown stems for the greenery





The greenery came to life with short quick strokes with several shades of green

 I blended out the holly leaves with more greens and a water brush and painted the pear




Next I added a black and white checked pattern on the base of the teapot





Using a gray watercolor brush pen, I added shadow on the teapot





Then blended it out with a water brush pen





I added some detail to the tea cup and colored the darkest areas with red





I blended the red out onto the rest of the cup and then finished it with a colored pencil





Shading was added around the arrangement base





Then green polka dots for the background



“Christmas Tea” after Mary Lake-Thompson, 7″ x 10″ Mixed Media



Juicy Details

Arteza Watercolor Brush Pens here

Water Brush Pens here


Happy Creating, Be Fearless!



Christmas Tea is available in my Society 6 Shop on a variety of items


Christmas Tea card        Christmas Tea Coasters

Christmas Tea box         Christmas Tea Tray


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday

Turn About Tuesday  Celebrate Your Story, You’re the Star

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck  Friday Features  Sweet Inspirations

Happiness is Homemade    Sunday’s Best Linkup

22 Responses to “Fearless Friday, “Christmas Tea””
  1. I LOVE watching you work. I would have never even thought to start at the bow. I would have agonized over the shape of the pitcher! It’s delightful — so happy and colorful.

  2. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, you are so talented! Since, I love teapots and teacups I’m pretty partial to this beautiful work of art! Your attention to detail and color palette are perfect. Enjoy your weekend!!!

  3. Jenna, I adore this! It is happy and the idea of Christmas tea sounds so inviting as a work of art. You are a talent, Merry Friday!

  4. Rosie M. says:

    Colorful, festive and absolutely makes me smile! It is always such a pleasure to watch your progression from empty page to a beautiful portrait. Merry Christmas, Jenna.

  5. Nancy says:

    What a talent you are! Christmas Tea is a beautiful showcase for your kitchen or someone’s breakfast room! Outstanding! Happy Friday!

  6. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful, Jenna!! 😊💚🎄
    I love the polka dots in the background. Christmas tea sounds wonderful!

  7. Kitty says:

    It’s so fun to see how you create, Jenna! You’re so talented and the painting turned out so pretty. The polka dots add such whimsy and the check adds such a MC flair. Merry Christmas!

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    I love seeing your process photos!! This turned out gorgeous!! ❤️💚❤️

  9. Linda says:

    Wow Jenna, i love this! How pretty it is. Polka dots and Mackenzie childs. Merry christmas Jenn
    I am relaxing now. my family went home.

  10. Mary says:

    Just gorgeous Jenna! I’m a big fan of MLT (and you!) and love your Christmas Tea! The black and white check and shadowing really make it pop! Wishing you and your family and Merry Christmas ♥

  11. Deb cantales says:

    I loved the tutorial! I think I can actually do this after watching you work. But to start at the bow is something I would have not known to do. I have a MLT chickadee towel that I received as a gift for Christmas, so I might try that for my first project. Happy New Year!

    • Oh good! If you pick a start point and then go from there, breaking your subject down into small areas and shapes, a complex subject becomes doable…I had no idea you were interested in doing art work until your recent comments, so I’m excited to inspire you! Good luck and have fun!

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