Designing a Hanuka Postcard

In this class, you'll learn to design your very own hand-painted and embellished postcard using gold leaf, watercolors, and a little ancient history.  You'll get a quick background on the menorah motif, as well as a thorough tutorial on gold leaf application and some beginner watercolor techniques. Calligraph a short message on the back of your postcard and ship it off to a loved one who celebrates the Festival of Lights to illuminate their day! 

Topics Covered:

  • Gold leaf for illustrative elements & calligraphy
  • Wet on dry watercolor technique
  • Ancient art history context 
  • Appropriate holiday greetings

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available now for all Tier 2 students.  Some classes are also available to Tier 1 students. Click here to see the Tier 1 Class Listing.  

How to Access Your Members-Only Class:

  • Go to
  • Log in to your account
  • Click on Classroom
  • Click on Tier 2 -- Class Archive
  • Click on Holiday Calligraphy Camp

Enroll in Tier 2

Materials Needed:

  • Artificial gold leaf & adhesive size
  • Link to The Israel Museum's virtual Menorah Exhibit
  • Strathmore Watercolor Postcards or Watercolor paper
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Watercolor paints
  • Watercolor brushes, one fine, and one medium 
  • Ruler
  • Paper towel
  • Cup of water
  • Dip pen and ink
  • Fine liner pen or Gold acrylic paint pen (if desired)

 Homework Challenge

Want to see our students' homework? Search the hashtag #kchanuka on Instagram to see samples from this week's homework. Our students who participate in this challenge get entered into a drawing to win prizes.

 Instructor: Malka Klein


Instagram: @malkaklein


Download a Free Calligraphy Getting Started Guide

When you subscribe, we will send a 14-page printable packet to your inbox with a supply list, instructions, anatomy of the guideline, a minuscule exemplar, 5 traceable worksheets, and several different guideline sheets. Welcome to the world of beautiful writing!