In our DRAWING class we have a tradition before the holiday season... we have a DRAWING to select names for a hand-drawn greeting card to be sent to the recipient. Very exciting...a bit of a Secret Santa thing that allows for more drawing practice at the same time it excites the recipient to be the owner of an original drawing. Yes! I drew Lisa's name. As time was short, I chose to work on my card during the ornament/greens lesson in class. I brought in some vintage ornaments that had some patterns on them for a bit of a challenge. I used a Strathmore card with a red deckled edge and masked off borders with artist's tape in order to have clean and smudge-free edges. I began with a few marks with a red pastel in order to tie into that red border. I worked the drawing in a fairly dark pencil. At the end-of-class-critique, most artists felt that I needed more darks. So, at home, I used some of my darkest leads to create a rhythm that would connect the elements. I sprayed the card with fixative and sent it on its way, addressing it in pencil to tie into the drawing.