Eileen McKenna Art & Design

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Christmas Countdown Day 12/25 – Mistletoe

Christmas Countdown Day 12/25 - Mistletoe #mistletoe
Paint/draw along with me!
Creative prompts for Christmas countdown #Christmas #creative #advent

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Nutcracker enamel pin

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Polar Bear, Penguin Christmas pattern

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At this point, you’ve  probably put away your Christmas decorations. I apologize for being out of season, but I’ve designed a pattern with some of my Christmas countdown artwork, and am excited to share it.

In 2015 I designed a pattern a month. It was a very motivating challenge, so I’m doing it again in 2017. This Polar Bear, Penguin, Christmas pattern is my first design of the year. And I’m currently working on a design with my watercolor nutcrackers. Interested in pattern design? I’ve written a few helpful posts you may want to check out:

2015 Patterns

In 2016 I designed a handful of patterns, mostly using watercolors and hand drawn elements. I’m especially fond of the ink daisies overlaying the watercolor background. I plan on using this technique again.

I think the most successful patterns were created after the fact – when I didn’t set out to design a pattern. I created the artwork, and then said, “I like that, I think I’ll use it in a pattern.” Time to look through my sketchbooks and paintings! Many of my designs are available on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. 


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Mistletoe

img_1189Day 12 of the Christmas countdown. I was wondering where the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe comes from and found this:

“The plant’s association with romance dates back to ancient Norse mythology. By the 18th century, stealing a kiss beneath the mistletoe became a common practice among British servants and the tradition spread from there. According to the tradition, it’s bad luck to refuse a kiss beneath the mistletoe. After the kiss, the couple is to pluck one of the berries from the plant. Once all the berries are gone, the bough no longer has the power to command kisses. So if you hang a bough of mistletoe this year, make sure it has plenty of berries on it.”

Learn more about the origins of Christmas traditions from Fox News here.

Draw/paint along with me as I countdown to Christmas. When posting tag adventmcr. Teri is painting along on Instagram. See her mistletoe here. Marion is drawing along. See her post here.

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