Evergreen plants such as holly and mistletoe have long since been used to decorate our homes at Christmas dating back centuries, possibly as far back as the Iron Age. The poinsettia, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer in the UK and USA being native to Mexico. Read more about how plants and even colours became associated with Christmas in my blog.
Recommended colouring pens
I used Arteza Watercolour Real Brush Pens* to colour my design. I have the 96 pen set which I keep in this maker carrying case* (*affiliate links) and used three shades of green and one shade of red. I used them dry to create strong opaque colours.
I recommend colouring the green holly leaves first, followed by the red holly berries. That helps avoid colouring any of the mistletoe berries in red by mistake. Similarly with the poinsettia, colour the green leaves first, followed by the red bracts (modified leaves). The flowers of the poinsettia are actually the central little yellow flowers. I left mine white but you could colour yours in yellow or even gold.
- Holly leaves – Pine Green A106
- Poinsettia leaves – Basil green A113
- Mistletoe leaves – Olive Green A146
- Holly berries and poinsettia bracts – Red A 101