In 2020, Maureen Vickery created a reindeer-themed holiday card for TPK. People loved it so much that I couldn’t help but ask her to contribute another tutorial! The result is this gorgeous filigree Easter card, inspired by Monika Fällman’s filigree work in Issue 13 of Calligraphy Crush Magazine. With its intricate florals and pastel colors, this card celebrates the season … and makes you crave chocolate.
1. Gather Your Supplies
Below this photo, you’ll find a list of the supplies that you need in order to make this Easter card. Feel free to adapt this tutorial to the supplies that you have at home!
- Maureen’s Filigree Easter Card Instructions + Templates printable (it’s free!)
- White or light-colored cardstock or watercolor paper, cut to 5” x 7”
- Pencil + eraser
- Light box (or graphite paper) for tracing the design
- Pearlescent watercolors (Maureen used an inexpensive pan set of Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors)
- Small paint brush (Size 0 or 1)
- Small container of water for cleaning your brush
- Paper towels or cleaning cloth
- Sepia Micron 05 pen
2. Make a Pencil Draft
First, get out your light box or your graphite paper. Then, trace the Easter card template of your choice onto white cardstock or watercolor paper. (Use the first template if you want to customize the florals. Use the second if you’d like to trace over the entire design.) You can find two printable templates in the Filigree Easter Card Instructions + Templates printable.
Once you are happy with the balance of the words and flowers, it’s time to start drawing the design with waterproof brown ink.
3. Trace Over the Draft
Continue to trace over your pencil draft with brown ink until everything is covered.
4. Add Color
Once you’ve traced over everything, use your watercolor palette to add color to the card. (For an exact list of which colors Maureen used where, see her Filigree Easter Card Instructions + Templates.)
When you’re finished, step back and enjoy your handiwork!
… And, if you have time, decorate an envelope to house your beautiful Easter card.
Calligraphy Crush Magazine
Maureen is the owner of PenDance Studio and editor of Calligraphy Crush magazine, where this tutorial also appears in Issue 13. If you’re new to Calligraphy Crush, be sure to download the free sample issue to see what it’s all about!
Many thanks go to Maureen for sharing this tutorial and its accompanying printables! I feel so inspired to try my own hand at filigreed letters now … maybe even as a standalone project (à la this illuminated letter tutorial). If you like this project, be sure to drop Maureen a comment of thanks on Instagram (@pendancestudio) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)! Happy spring and happy Easter!