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Groundhog Day (annually on February 2) is a time to reflect on the distinction between the seasons, and this sweet illustration is a great way to celebrate the winter months giving way into spring. If you’re looking for a charming subject to draw or paint, then I hope you try out this idea. This is a great activity for young children, teens or even experienced creatives.
1 Groundhog Day Illustration
Materials you will need:
– Thick drawing paper or watercolor paper
– A pencil, kneaded eraser and a permanent black pen
– Colored Pencils
* As an alternative, use a thin paintbrush and watercolors instead of colored pencils

1) Lightly sketch out the seasonal Groundhog Day design shown with pencil. You want to first create a circular shape that will serve as the ‘wreath’ around the groundhog. On the left side of the wreath shape, add a winter motif with berries, snowflakes and snowballs. On the right side, the motif should gently lead into spring images such as flowers, hearts and leaves. Lastly, add a dapper little groundhog in the middle wearing a top hat!

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2) Trace over all the pencil lines with a fine tipped black permanent pen. Wait a few minutes for the ink to dry, then erase all pencil lines.
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3) Now is the super fun part! Add color to your illustration as I have with colored pencils or experiment with watercolors. In fact, You can complete step 1 with pencil, then go straight to the watercolors and avoid tracing with black pen. This way you will achieve a much more free look.
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4) Adhere your illustration to the wall with washi tape or frame it for a lovely addition to your home this February!

Ashley Lucas {aka Lady Lucas} is a craft designer and illustrator specializing in adorable characters. Visit her Etsy Shop for printable coloring books and pages, and don’t forget to join the Lady Lucas Club so you don’t miss out on free downloads and ideas sent out every four weeks! Lady Lucas on social media: @LadyLucasArt

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