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Travel Postcards

Video Duration: 35 mins

Estimated time to complete the lesson: 2-3 hours

(pause video as needed to complete steps, but please complete at your own pace)

This tutorial is recommended for adults and children 10+.

  • be guided step by step

  • learn valuable skills

  • design an attractive composition

  • learn how to use new materials

  • pick up handy tips

Materials needed for this tutorial:


  • watercolour postcards

  • paper towel

  • waterbrush (refillable)

  • permanent fine liner pigment pens 0.1 & .01

  • watersoluble coloured pencils

  • graphite pencil (watersoluble or standard)

  • sharpener

  • eraser

Optional Materials (for extra steps and alternatives demonstrated - not needed for main exercise):

  • white posca pen

  • travel palette of watercolour pans

  • LAMY watersoluble fountain pen, or similar

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Let Jules share with you her process and advice for creating amazing travel memories by creating postcards using a pen and wash technique.

Through completing this course you will be:

  • shown how to put together your own travel art supplies

  • provided with several techniques to create travel postcards

  • shown various media alternatives

  • able to see the convenient use of watercolour pencils for pen and wash

  • helped to choose the right subject for your postcards

  • taken through the steps to create a sample postcard and put your skills to use

  • inspired to take up the challenge of building your own set of travel postcards on your own journeys or put your new-found skills to use when out sketching everyday.


REMEMBER – there are no rules, don’t be afraid of experimenting!

These are my tips, to be used as as a guideline for creating this particular work, in conjunction with the video. Pause the video after each step and then complete that stage at your own pace. You can always go back to gain clarification on a particular aspect of the process:

Note: This process is very much about letting loose and experimenting. As you progress through your own work keep the following pointers in mind: 

  • draw a light pencil sketch first, only if you need to

  • if you're more confident with the subject you could draw with the pen without a preliminary sketch

  • use various sizes pens for interest and shading

  • after the pen sketch, add colour washes, leave some white space 

  • build up colour gently - a little colour can be subtle and stylish in a small space

  • finish with fine pen detail

QUESTIONS: Please feel free to send me an email at

Happy Creating!