What I really love most about this season is that it’s filled with shiny ribbons and bows that sparkle under the lights of the tree. For today’s prompt, I opted for this 2-color doodlewash of a gold ribbon bow, using just Quinacridone Gold and Payne’s Gray. This is one of those cheap and beautiful bows that comes in a bag filled with several others in various sizes and colors. For some reason, I’ve always like the gold one best and tend to use it for that special gift that I wrap for Philippe. It’s also a way to remember which one that is, as I often forget and always want that gift to come last. We open our gifts on Christmas Eve throughout the evening which is one of my favorite times of the year. There are lots of little surprises and that makes it such a fun night. I’ve done a bit of shopping online today as I typically wait until the last possible moment and that can get a bit stressful hoping the gifts actually arrive in time.
This year, neither of us have anything of note on our lists. We’ve both struggled to come up with anything we might truly want or need. Of course, there will be books and toys in the mix, but any will actually do. The fun part about gifts is just being surprised by what’s inside and getting the thrilling of unwrapping them. Philippe doesn’t like when the presents go under the tree too early, which makes hiding them around the house a bit of a pain. I personally like seeing gifts under the tree the moment they’re available, but he prefers even the surprise of seeing the gifts themselves closer to the big day. We have so much in common that the biggest worry is that we’d actually chose the same gift for one another. This hasn’t happened yet, but one year, two Lego sets were in the same size box and, for a brief moment, we thought we might have a different sort of surprise. Thankfully, they were each unique!
But we do try to get things we think the other will love. It’s really as much if not more fun to give gifts than it is to actually get them. Just two weeks from today, we’ll be enjoying wine and lovely once-a-year treats, pausing every now and then to open a new little gift. It’s a simple evening, really, just us and the dog, but it’s one of the most memorable ones of the year. Each little gift is a treasure, even if it’s something perfectly small and silly that’s just meant to make us smile. One by one, the gifts will disappear under the tree and the bag of wrapping paper will start to fill. We’ll do everything we can to prolong the evening and take things slowly. Cherishing the moment, with candles, music and the twinkle of lights all around. And just before we head off to bed, warm with happiness, we’ll exchange that final lovely gift, the one with a single gold bow.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Gold and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!