Drawing Palm Trees On Handmade Cards

Drawing palms on handmade cards is a local way to express your love for the Southern California lifestyle. Growing up in the San Bernardino Mountains I was always intrigued by the palm trees when we went "down the hill" as the people call it up there, and I would see palm trees in the Inland Valley. I always had a fascination with the beauty of palm trees, and as an adult I love to draw these. When I draw a palm tree I like to include other interesting details, such as placing part of a building in front of it if that is what I see when I am outside sketching. Take a look at the pictures below to see how I drew this Southern California inspired palm tree backyard scene. Living in Southern California and gazing at the variety of beautiful palm that have been brought to this region is quite stunning. Palm trees are very much a part of the Inland Empire landscape. Grab your pencil and start drawing palm trees for your own handmade cards.

Palm Tree Art Work

Create your own free palm tree art work by drawing your own pictures.
Create your own free palm tree art work by drawing your own pictures.

Step One: Sketch Out the Palm Tree

Draw you own pictures of palm trees for your cards, and save these these to your computer to use a palm tree clip art.
Draw you own pictures of palm trees for your cards, and save these these to your computer to use a palm tree clip art.

First create your half-fold card by folding the card stock in half.  Now it is top to focus on drawing that those Southern California palm trees in their natural habitat.  Notice the pattern palm leaves make on the tree and try to draw that. The fronds of a palm tree tend to hang and fan out, which are fun to sketch and draw.

Step Two: Drawing the Landscape and Architectural Details

Here I finished drawing the palm tree on my card and I began to add the architectural details in the scene, such as the balcony to the side.
Here I finished drawing the palm tree on my card and I began to add the architectural details in the scene, such as the balcony to the side.

Add the details around the palm tree such as the wall next to the building, and the balcony hanging out in front of the palm tree.

Step 3: Begin Coloring In The Palm Leaves

Here I began expertly and carefully coloring in the palm leaves.
Here I began expertly and carefully coloring in the palm leaves.

Gingerly begin coloring in the palm leaves of your tree.  I carefully take the green colored pencil, and I try to stay in the lines as I add hue to the plant.  For this illustration I only used one green colored pencil, but you can use multiple shades if you want to add more dimension to the leaves of your palm tree.  I have done this in the past with favorable results.

Step Four: Finish Coloring The Palm Tree

Here I finished colored in my palm tree.
Here I finished colored in my palm tree.

In this step I finished coloring in my palm tree.  If you love to draw and want to save money you could even draw palm trees for your children to color in their leisure.  You could make multiple copies of your palm tree drawing and let your children create as many palm tree cards as they wish.

Step Five: Colour In The Sky Surrounding The Palm Tree

Color in the sky surrounding the palm tree image.
Color in the sky surrounding the palm tree image.

Here I used my colored pencils to gently color in the sky surrounding the palm tree image, which can be tricky in such tight spaces.

Step Six: Color In The Trim On The Building

Here I am coloring in the trim on the building.
Here I am coloring in the trim on the building.

Here I used a brown colored pencil to color in the trim on the building.  I like the balcony design for this building because there are wood accents on the side.  In reality the trim is green, but I used artistic license to make it brown, which gives more attention to the vibrant color of the palm tree and the sky.  Even though there are no balcony plants in this picture, it almost looks as if the palm tree could be a large potted plant from this angle.

Step Seven: Finish Coloring The Drawing

Here I conclude this colored pencil lesson by adding the finishing touch to the building, which I have decided to color in with a yellow hue.
Here I conclude this colored pencil lesson by adding the finishing touch to the building, which I have decided to color in with a yellow hue.

I am concluding this colored pencil lesson by applying the finishing touches to the building, which I decided to color yellow.  The building is not that color in actuality, but I used artistic license to choose a color that would not over power the sky and the palm tree.  One of my goals in these online drawing lessons that I bring you via Hubpages is to demonstrate how using your imagination will make for the most beautiful of drawings.  Make your own cards and dare to draw your own picture on them.  In the age of the computer it is perfectly okay to still draw things with your hands.

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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

I love the motion in the tree itself. Handmade cards are always such a treat! Nice hub.

K9


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

That is an absolute wonderful compination. You are agreat artist. Thank you for sharing.


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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

You are a great artist.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

keystrokes,

I enjoy making handmade cards, so thanks for reading.

Hello, Hello,

Glad you enjoy the card and thanks!

Wendy,

I appreciate your nice comments about my palm tree card.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Good hub, Sweetie!! Good results. You've developed into quite the artist.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Paradise!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Very cool idea, Sweetie Pie. You could print these up and have yourself a whole batch of your own cards. But would that defeat the purpose? Anyway, thanks for the instructions.

I know how the hubber score jumps around so quickly - it seems one could miss seeing yourself in a good spot. Do you know that a few minutes ago, you were in the #1 spot? Top hubber, top of the list. Congratulations, Sweetie Pie!


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dinesh c bhatt 6 years ago from India (Noida)

Hello SweetiePie

So pretty!!! I love this pic! You have a talented gift!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Dolores,

I stopped looking at the numbers along time ago, but I am happy to hear that I was at #1 for awhile. Thanks for letting me know :).

Dinesh,

Thank you!


Shirley Pisa 6 years ago

Hi SweetiePie, you have such a sweet pen name. Palm tress makes me think of sand and beaches. It is so refreshing. Just the thought of it makes me smile :)


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoy palm trees as much as I do Shirley!


Seb 6 years ago

What a nice original article. I love Palm Trees too. There's just something about them that reminds me of nice times. Thanks! By the way you are number one.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I enjoyed your palm tree blog Seb!


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Moonmaiden 5 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

I live in S. California as well and also enjoy palm trees. Our neighbors have twin palms in their yard that I can see over the rooftops. I have many palm tree photos on my Flickr photo stream too.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Moonmaiden,

I love living in SoCal. I think palm trees are interesting to draw and photograph, but I also would love to go back to Hawaii and photograph the palms there.

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