How to paint a notecard with artist Susannah Garrod

Follow Susannah's tips for pretty personalised stationery

Susannah Garrod is an artist and illustrator specialising in whimsical designs. While fashion and interiors strongly influence her work, she enjoyed taking inspiration from her garden during lockdown 
(including hatching chicks with her children).

See also… Susannah Garrod is holding an archive sale of her beautiful illustrations

Recent collaborations include designs for Papier, Bamford and Clarins. Here, Susannah shows how 
to paint a simple posy for a notecard.

HOW TO PAINT A NOTECARD WITH ARTIST SUSANNAH GARROD

You will need…

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  • Paint – watercolour or gouache is perfect (a maximum of 
four colours)
  • Paintbrush
  • Postcard-size thick paper
  • Pen for writing your message
  • Scalpel, craft knife or scissors
  • Envelope

1. WATER DOWN YOUR PAINT

Use your chosen paint colours watered down to create a lighter wash or tone for the flower blooms – begin by simply painting circle shapes in the middle of the card.

2. PAINT THE FOLIAGE AND STEMS

Next, paint the foliage stems and leaves, and then add 
a border around the edges of the paper.

3. ADD THE DETAILS OF THE PETALS

Once the watercolour ‘flowers’ have dried, use the same paint colours, but with less water, to create the details of the individual petals. Again, allow to dry.

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You have now created your posy notecard and it is ready for you to write your message on the back.

4. ALTERNATIVELY, CREATE A ‘POP-UP’ PLACE SETTING CARD

If you want to create a pop-up version, write the recipient’s name on the front of the notecard and then cut out around the top of the flowers without cutting to the sides of the paper.

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Fold the card in half and you have a pop-up notecard that looks lovely on the mantelpiece or for use as a fun place-setting card.

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You can also use this easy posy painting technique to add flair to the envelope and beyond!

For more inspiration, follow Susannah on Instagram 
@susannahgarrod

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