Course curriculum

    1. Introduction to Watercolor Collage Christmas Cards

    2. How to Make Collage Christmas Cards

    3. How to Make Christmas Cards - The Zentangle Way

    4. Practice Designs and Zentangle

    1. Christmas Cards Paint the background with watercolor and acrylic paint

    2. Making Designs and Marks on Watercolor Paper

    3. Stary Night Background

    1. Christmas Cards Putting It All Together Houses

    2. How to Make a Christmas Tree Card

    3. Creating the Candle Stary Night

    4. Making the Ornament Card

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  • 11 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content

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How to Make Christmas Cards

The Zentangle Way

In these videos, we will learn how to create designs and patterns. Draw the patterns onto painted watercolor paper. Then, use scissors to cut and collage shapes to make candles, Christmas Trees, ornaments, and more—holiday fun for the whole family.

In these videos, we will learn how to create designs and patterns. After practicing how to Zentangle and doodle, we will learn to paint the starry night background on your card. Step 2: paint sheets of color. Step 3: use paint pens to create patterns on each color. Step 4: cut out shapes to make candles, Christmas Trees, ornaments, and more

Supplies You'll Need

•  Pencils, erasers, and scissors

•  Watercolor Paint - I recommend Prang

Prang Watercolors set of 16 pans

•  Watercolor Brushes

3 sizes  small, medium ad large

•  Watercolor paper or Mixed Media paper 

or White Card stock

90lb Create Watercolor paper 8x10 or 9x12

White paint pens - brands below are recommended 

White Posca PC-3M paint pens

White Belly Roll pens (Classic)

Glue or double sided tape

For BEST Results - Aleene’s Tacky

For BEST Results - Scotch Double Sided Tape


Karen Barge

Hi, I'm Miss Karen
Karen Barge is a native Texan born and raised in Dallas, now living in southern California. Karen received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from The University of North Texas and went back to school to get a degree in Computer Graphics in Multimedia a few years later. In 1992, Karen pursued a career in California as a graphic designer in the video game industry. She worked for GTE/Verizon for 9 years. After that she ran her own graphic design corporation for 6 years.
Along the way, she taught a variety of art classes for ages 4 to 85. She created her own curriculum for classes at the Vista Art Foundation’s Gallery 204 and held teaching positions at several Montessori and Catholic schools. Karen has taught kids classes and camps, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting.

Zentangle is a form of Doodle

“Zentangle" is a method of creating intricate and structured drawings through the use of repetitive patterns. Zentangle was developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas in the early 21st century as a form of meditative and therapeutic art.

Here are some key aspects of Zentangle:

  •     Structured Patterns: Zentangle involves the creation of structured, often repetitive patterns within a confined space. These patterns are typically drawn on small, square tiles or paper.
  •     Mindful and Meditative: One of the primary principles of Zentangle is mindfulness. The process of creating intricate patterns is meant to be meditative, helping individuals focus on the present moment and promoting relaxation.
  •     No Erasers, No Mistakes: In Zentangle, there's an emphasis on embracing any perceived mistakes and turning them into opportunities for creative expression. The philosophy encourages artists to work with what emerges during the drawing process rather than striving for perfection.
  •     Simple Tools: Zentangle requires minimal tools—usually just a pen and paper. The use of simple materials contributes to the accessibility of this art form.
  •     Abstract and Non-Representational: Zentangle creations are often abstract and non-representational. The focus is on the patterns and the act of drawing rather than creating recognizable images.

To create your own Zentangle, you can start with a small square paper or tile and use a fine-tipped pen to draw repetitive patterns. There are no strict rules, and you can let your creativity flow as you explore different patterns and combinations. The process is meant to be enjoyable, relaxing, and a way to express your unique artistic style.


“This class exceeded my expectations! Karen is very clear and guides you step-by-step in the creative process! It makes it easy to follow her instructions. Both my 6 year old boy and my 9 year old girl loved the crazy paint class. They keep creating more and more pictures. Great job Karen and Thank you.”

-Marco S. (Father)

“What a great lesson, what else can I say. Good and very useful examples, nice tips that you can apply right away. Enthusiastic and clearly explained. Thanks again for this lesson. My whole class loved this project.”

Jesse J. (Art Teacher)

“Mss Karen is so creative and helps us be more creative than most teachers. She helped me take a simple project like the sun line lesson and make it so much more interesting. ”

Kayla E. (Age 14)

“Mrs. Barge is my favorite teacher. I have taken every one of her summer and winter camps. She is now teaching me how to paint acrylic on canvas. My mom says we have run out of room for my art. We are going to have to buy another house.”

Ashley S. (Age 8)

“Love Karen’s enthusiasm level, and personality. Her class is done well in every way: organized, actionable, great pace. Her drawing prompts and suggestions are going to be very helpful to me. The downloadable documents were very helpful to re-enforce remembering. Thanks Karen!”

Linda Mae O.

“As a beginner artist, I truly appreciated your “ease” in your demeanor: you are very approachable, Karen, and easy to be with. Your projects have a positive aura, confident yet not intimating which allows a pleasant environment to create art! I loved your video workshops … I also loved the Christmas Paint Party”

Aly Dobek (Retired Beginner Artist)