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Gingerbread House in Watercolor Pencils

teacher avatar Minnelli Lucy France, The Orchid Artist

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5 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. First Tips and Shading House

    • 3. Shading the candy trees

    • 4. Chimney and windows

    • 5. Finishing Up

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In this class we paint a gingerbread house with watercolor pencils.

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Minnelli Lucy France

The Orchid Artist


Hello, I'm Minnelli Lucy France aka "Lucy". I'm a full-time fine artist and illustrator. I only offer (5) painting and illustration courses here on SkillShare. 

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone. This is the gingerbread house, watercolor pencil tutorial. It's a fun project, especially now for the holidays. Anyone looking to do a card or something festive or even if you just want to learn how to use watercolor pencils, you only need three things. My name is Minnelli Lucy France, AKA the orchid artist. You can find my info on my skill share teacher profile, and all of my links. You really only need three things for this fun project. Watercolor paper. Watercolor pencils, a piece of a napkin or a kitchen rag, and a water brush. Hope to see you then. Bye. 2. First Tips and Shading House: So this is part one and I like to give a few tips to before we get started. The first tip is make sure you erase your pencil a lot softly, of course, but, you know, get some of that pencil off of the paper. If you have a hard time drawing, then go ahead and download the drawing that I supplied for you and you can trace that onto your paper if you like. There are a million ways to trace it, but the easiest way is a sunlit window. Hold it be, you know, behind your regular watercolor sheet. Hold it up to a sunlight window and you can trace it from there if you like. And a couple other tips. The first one is make sure your watercolor pencils are very sharp. So if you have a sharpener next to you, that's important too, to keep them very sharp. Chances are if you purchased a set, you know, I'm sure you have a sharpener. The third tip is, make sure that if you are working on a cold press watercolor sheet like I am, you know, uses soft hand, but make sure that you cover all the little pockets in the paper, the texture with color. You don't wanna do it too fast. You wanna take your time. I'm going to go around the door first and then around the edge of the entire house before I shade it in. So I'm using an ochre bind your mom museum. Ok, quarrel is by current gosh, that's the name of the set, is the museum off morale. In that particular set, the name of the pencil I'm using is ochre, yellow ochre. But if you don't have that same set, it's very unfair for me to think that everybody is going to have the identical supplies that I'm using. So of course I'm very open-minded and you know, I like to suggest different colors in case you're using a completely different brand and set. Ochres tend to have a very large variety, so you're OK or may not look like this ochre. And it may, you're OK or may have a completely different name. For example, in the PRISMA color watercolor pencils, I believe golden rod would be the ochre. So they, they have completely different names though, way that I like to do it as I like to suggest a few colors. If you don't have an ochre ticket test, cheat and play with yellow, brown and orange really lightly Start with the lightest color first. And you should get something around an ochre shade. You know, it's not perfect and you really want to represent baked goods. So think of pastries and breads and croissants and begets and stuff like that. And you will get some range of pastry color. That's all you're aiming for. So like I said, I work with a light hand. You really don't want to press very, very hard watercolor pencils no matter what brand, where quality, they do, crumble and break because it's just the way they're made. Some are made excellently, some are made very poorly, but you still want to use a light hand and take your time with applying the color. They're not like colored pencils really. And they're really different. So you do want to be softer. The other thing that I want to say is that if you're using a hot press watercolor sheet, then you don't have a lot of pockets and texture like a cool press paper, in which case you would probably have an easier time applying the color. But this kind of work with watercolor pencil usually looks a lot more beautiful with cold press. But definitely you can, you can use hot pressing if that's what you have. And that's fine too. Go ahead and take your time and just go around all of the little edges. Now usually you're awake to lessen the graphite a lot more when I draw directly on the watercolor paper. So what you wanna do is the reason that I left it a lot darker is that I wanted you to see the initial drawing for the lesson. But you really want to go very, very light. Now the ideal thing is a lot of times I'll just sketch with any erasable colored pencil, or I'll just sketch with watercolor pencil. So if you have a watercolor pencil that is like a dark grey, you can use that instead of a pencil that would be perfect. The only thing is, is that you do have to be careful that it doesn't make a mud color with the gingerbread color. So what you wanna do is dissolve it lightly with water first, I like to mention different scenarios because everyone's different. Everybody has a different set of supplies. But I'm just giving you a tips that if you use a gray pens of watercolor pencil, you want to dissolve that and make sure it dries first and dab a little bit extra with your napkin. And then you can apply the fresh color so that you won't make a big mucky mess with mud colors. Like pencil is just great. Just make sure you erase it. Now, I'm using to shade the center of the house. The main part of it, a golden OK. So this is in the ochre family. It just has a lot more yellow in it. How do you get that if you don't have Bolden over and this one is by current dash. And the brand. The brand and the set. This one's from his from the super color to how do you do that? If you don't have the different ochres, Just make sure you add a yellow. What inside, not, not directly at. You wanna mix it with light brown. Or you want to take the ochre that you do have an add yellow in the center. So you just want to soften so that the golden II brown colour of that yellow is more to the edge of the house. And if you just have one color, you could do it all one color, that's fine. You can just go back and darken the edges with the same color. See there's lots of different ways to do it. It will still look beautiful. And holiday and Barry next. Now inside the doorway, or I should say the entire door is in a this one is a very orange, yellow. This one is from the museum off 4L current offset. You don't have that. You can make your yup do one layer in yellow and then one layer in orange, and be light with the orange. And you should get pretty much the same color. Let's use a light hand. And the important part is to make sure you don't go over the little Gingerbread guy worked with a sharp point and relax and fill in all of those little areas and Oliver little pockets. And make sure if you're using the cold press paper, like I said, make sure you really fill in and take your time filling in the color in all that area. Alright, some extra tips if you are taking this class. Not so much for the holiday festive project, but if you are really wanting to learn to use watercolor pencils, I have some tips for you. There's a couple of reasons why you may want to take this class. So I wanna offer tips for every different kind of audience that would take this class. Some tips on watercolor pencils. If you're looking to make professional work for your portfolio, then you want to invest in a really good set. If you are scanning it and using it for designs and stuff, you can get away with different sets, cheaper sets. Because you know you're scanning it and doing different things for design. But if you're selling the originals or something like that, why don't you do want to use a professional set. Another tip is that watercolor pencils tend to lift. It's not the same as watercolour. It's not by any means, professional watercolour artists. It is not the same. So you have to be careful when you go to dissolve the paint. It does so evenly. And we're gonna get to that when we dissolve the color, the water brush. Right here, I'm just sharpening again. Take your time and make sure you have a nice even coat or layer in art, you say layer. If you are using paint on your wall, you would say coat. Or if you were painting your nails, you would say coat. But it's really layer in art. Take your time and do a really even layer of that nice golden, any orangey yellow. And make sure you boil very nicely around the edges. When you're using regular water colors that come in tube or half pan. The taking away of the paint, coming back in and strengthening the color layering is really different. With watercolor pencil, you really wanna make sure that by the time you dissolve it, doing a second layer with them sometimes is all right. But you're not always gonna get away with that. There are very unique medium. And to make sure that you get the washes and the layers and the strength of the color that you want without any interruptions in the paper. You should do it like that. You should take your time and layer it evenly and go back into a little bit darker areas. So that's, that's the tedious part of the watercolor pencil. The fact that you have to lay down the color in such a right even amount. And think ahead of time what the blending is going to be. You know, like if you want an orange to turn into a reddish color, or if you want the orange return into a yellowish color over here, you have to think that the way that you lay it down dry will impact the way that it dissolves when you apply the water. Sometimes you can use these and leave them dry as a dry medium. Not always though, not uncool press. I mentioned that because that might be a question that beginner watercolor pencil users might have. In professional work. There are times where artists do use it and leave it as a dry media. But most of the time, their beauty really comes out when they're blended with water. Like I said, some brands tend to be extremely creaming and pigment it and other ones tend to be more pale and very chalky. They also depend on the paper that you're using. Here's a funny thing in art. Kinda funny, but if you go for a cheap paper, you should go for a higher quality paint or pencil. If you use a cheap pencil or a cheap paint, you should really invest in a high-end paper. It's kinda funny, but that's kinda the way it works. Of course, the ideal situation is high-end of everything but alright, so now I'm adding little touches of cadmium yellow, which is a very lemon color. So it would be your average yellow. And I'm not really doing every area in yellow unjust here and they're adding a little bit so that when I dissolve the color of that Golden, the orange, it will blend with that yellow. If you don't have that, that's fine. And if you've decided to use orange and yellow, that's fine tune, it will be very pretty. So this next section, we're going to dissolve everything, we shade it. We're going to dissolve the the gingerbread And the doorway. And excuse me, the gingerbread house hidden doorway. Now I'm adding color to the gingerbread man. And I'm using a regular ochre from the super polar to buy car and dash. The other time. When I did the house on the edge, the first pencil I grabbed was the yellow ochre from the museum off oral set. And the yellow ochre is different than the standard over because it's two different sets, same brand, but two different sets. You can use the same exact colour of your boat, whatever polar you used on your gingerbread house. You can use it on the gingerbread man. And if you want to darken it just a slight bit at a touch of your brown. Not too dark though, because then the cook, the cookie will look burnt. So you want to look, you know, you can also, you can also make it a beautiful chocolate color. That would be really, really pretty because I've actually seen gingerbread cookies as chocolate to or you can just use whatever color you want to. Really, there's no right or wrong. Because if you make it a really light yellow sugar cookies, sometimes are the shape of Christmas. So it's whatever you're happy with. All right, so a tip here is that I'm going to leave a little area quite without any color on it. I'm going to let the white of the paper come through and it's going to give the appearance of frosting. And also what I'm going to do is on the very, very tip of it, the little cookies, hands and feet. I'm going to darken it just a wee bit and a little bit on the head. So I press down just a little bit more with that same color. Make sure you take your time and you leave the little white parts. On doing that. Now, I'm going all the way to the little loop in the feeders like a little loop shape. But then when I go from the tip of the foot all the way up, I'm not going to shade it all the way up. I'm going to leave that same wiggling a little bit of space to give it that white frosting look. Alright, so another tip on doing the gingerbread man. Be very careful with the little bow ribbon and the little buttons, little candy buttons. Also the little nose and eyes and eyebrows and the cheeks. You want to make sure 0 paint touches the cheeks. Because those are going to be a really light Pinker peach color. And it will really look. You really won't be able to take that ogre off of it when, if you go over it by accident. So just if you do really light color on the fakes, that's fine. Do a light hand at first. But you really want to make sure that you don't go over the cheeks. So I'm still working with the regular over and the super color too. Again, you can just use the same color used in your gingerbread house. And I'm doing it very, very, very carefully and very lightly so that I don't go over the little cheeks. And also the little bow. At the end of this illustration. If you have markers and Jell-O pans, or I'll mention this again, but you can bring those out if you want to. A lot of folks have extra materials and stuff to work with and you can add a lot of interesting things to it, especially if it's a card. I just wanted to mention that just in case so you can bring those out or you can just keep using the watercolor pencil. That's fine to same color. I haven't switched Actually. I'm sorry. I did switch at this one. This one I went into eight colorful cinnamon Brown. It's basically Brown with a little bit of red in it. And I also use a touch-up, the bronze all go over the colors. I'll show off fan amount when we're done with this section in the, in the next clip. So you could see the actual pencil. But like I said, all you have to do is use the same color that you used but go darker. That's why I always say start with a really white hand and just relax. You really can't go wrong with this little Gingerbread guy. Very easy. I'm adding here in orange, red. And this is from the super color to set. And I'm not doing everything, I'm just adding a little touch to the right side and the left side of the and a little bit more on the hands and feet. Just a little touch. If you don't have that, you can use your orange. Or even if you're a little daring, you could pull touch of red but barely anything. That the lightest touch of a watercolor pencil can really be strong when you dissolve it. 3. Shading the candy trees: Dissolving watercolor pencil is not the same thing as wine you watercolor. Reason is watercolor pencil, no matter what brand it tends to lift. Paper does influence it, but it tends to lift. So here is what you should keep in mind, especially if you want to get into using watercolor pencil in your work. The idea is not to bring a lot of water. That's why a watercolor brush is not ideal for it. A water brush is. So a water brush. It has plastic bristles and it allows water inside and the water control is done for you. Probably about a third of a drop of water is what comes out naturally and you don't have to really squeeze it to much. Of course, there are different brands and water brushes, but mostly work really well. And they come in different widths and sizes. Now here's what you should keep in mind. The idea is not to just put puddles of water everywhere in swirled around. The idea is to tap certain areas and allow the water to dissolve in place very minimally. And only that circular motion sweeping motion that you see me do is only after I just dissolved it. And I want to blend a little bit more. But the more you blend and the more you move it, the more it can lift. Different brands, react differently to different brands of paper. So keep that in mind. If you do lift it, dry it, and like with a blow dryer, your work and or let it dry, you know, whatever. Let it let it dry for a few hours, minutes. It depends, you know, how much water you used and stuff. And you should be able to come back in with the pencil sometimes and add color. So I really can't see what you're doing, but I'm guessing different scenarios to help you out. You know, you can correct it by kinda get Don't do it wet because you'll poke a hole in your paper. Even if you're using really high-end paper, watercolor, pencil, you have to be very careful with it. Watercolors very different. Not the same thing. You can do wet on wet and you can apply color when it's semi wet and do so many things. Watercolor, pencil? No. So the the different way you layer it, like the gingerbread man, I put a bunch of colors on it, even if you put just one shade and maybe another one on the side or something. I don't know how many colors you worked with. You don't really need that many, you know, but if you did shade it like I did, you want to be very careful to work within the little area and you don't want to be squeezing that water brush. And because tons of water will come out and it'll make a really big mess. And then dilute the paint. And then you'll have like way too much of a variety and you'll have spots when it dries. You also don't press the bristle to heart, just the tip. And if you switch areas that you're dissolving the paint in, make sure you debit with a napkin. Now sometimes you'll see that I will do a very circular motion. Sometimes you'll see a brushstroke that's very like a sweep. But mostly it's tiny little areas with water that I careful to dissolve it in the little pockets of the paper. And then I move away to a different area. I don't go over the same area twice. It's kinda like tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, go. Sometimes you'll see like circular, circular on top of that. If I see the colors too dark, if I have a couple of colors on there and I want to blend it better. Okay. Let's talk about the bark color. I mean, the water brush that I'm using. I use two of them. Just in case you're curious, you can use any brand. But I tend to have a regular one, meaning regular-size, your average size of water brush, because they come in all shapes sizes. I use the Saqqara one. And this one is my fine tip by rare Reese and I usually get them in bulk. That's about it. I really haven't used to many different brands of water brushes. I mainly stick to the Sacra and the breweries because this occurs is nice and thick and normal sized and the various thin tips, so they are both right there. I just move them across there and, you know, you don't have to dip them in a water jar. All you have to do is squeeze a tiny little drop of water and clean them the napkin and the new switch colors. At this point, the smart thing to do is to blow dry it with a blow dryer so that your color stays. You'll only hold a few seconds. You don't need to do too much and you shouldn't see moisture on the other side of the paper. And that way, when you're new painting, you don't stick your hand in it by accident and smear it because watercolor pencil is a headache if you have to go over it in several layers and fix mistakes like that, it doesn't always work. And then you will always see like the area that's missing. So you gotta get it right the first time. Take your time shading, Take your time adding the color, and then dissolve it nicely. So that's what I did. You actually didn't see the part where I went and blow dried it, but I I pause to the filming, went to my other area in my studio and I just blow dried it a little bit. And that's why it's dried. Alright, let's talk about these little Christmas trees. Reason is, is because, well, they're, they're made of candy. Supposedly. You are gonna see me use three shades of green. One of them is like a spring green, and then the other color has a little bit of blue tint to the green. And the third color is a darker green. They are a mixture of the Carne dash museum OK, oral and the current are super color too. So that's basically it. If you only have one green in your pack. Adding a touch of blue, not too much because it takes 11 pencil stroke in the area that you're working in. Just one little stroke, like if you took a pen and you were gonna do a little eye or a little letter L. That's all it takes to add a tint of something else. It's, they're very pigment it, even if you're using other brands, watercolor pencils tend to have strong color. Even if they're chalky and cheaper, you know, they, they tend to add a lot of that power E stuff everywhere. So I think this one's that they Lozano green but I'm not sure. It's just, you know, light, medium and dark kinda thing. And then at the very end, I add a lime green of bearing light green, which has a yellow hue in it. So if you want to match those colors, that's fine. The other thing too, like I said, if you don't have dark green, if you add a touch of dark grey, very little. On one side, it will mix and make a darker green shade. Not exactly, you know, like like you would if you had the actual color, but it will work. I'm also leaving a little spot on the left like a highlight where you don't add as much color. That's another technique you can use. Notice I am changing the way I'm shading here to show you how I did it. So I'm using the darkest green in the set that I picked out. On the right side. I'm going to come in with the bluish tint green in the middle. And then I'm going to do the entire part of the gummy tree with the Spring Green or the first green that I laid down, which is really the lightest color, except for the fact that I'm mentioning that I come back in with an even lighter green like a yellow green. And for that you can use yellow if you want. So that's very easy to do. And if you just have one green in your pack. One yellow and you don't have grey. You could probably, you, you probably have black. So if you did a tiny little drop of black on the right side and then put more green on it, you would have a darker, darker shade on that side. And if you don't want to bother with that, then just do it all in one green and that's fine too. Could still cute. So that's the reason why I took my time to explain this because if you do choose to follow the shading that I did, and I wanted you to not be lost in that part, but it's really optional. All right, so I'm going to do the other tree, the other little gummy candy tree. The same way, but I'm going to flip the side of the shading. So instead of doing the right side, I'm going to do the left. Then I want you to notice when I dissolve it with water, how I do it. Once again, I'm not swishing water everywhere, squeezing the water brush. I'm barely letting water come out. In fact, that's what the water brush does. Aidem, it really does the water control for you. Can it be used for watercolor, traditional? No, it can't. Some, some people do it but know to do watercolor the right way. You need a watercolor brush, but these are watercolor pencils. And a lot of folks, they say it's the same thing. It's really not very different, but they're fun because you can take them with you to the beach or the park or travel and you don't get paint everywhere and there's not a lot of clean up and there and your water brushes, fantastic. So great. First for travel, you know, just going anywhere and you just, you have your supplies right there. So they're great and they're beautiful. Plus you can always bring your sketch book and you can draw. And you cannot use these dry. And then when you get back to your studio or your house or whatever, your craft area, whatever it is that you have. You can introduce water if you didn't bring your water brush and then, and dissolve the color there and it'll become a painting. So they're very neat. So I'm just doing the same shade I did on the right. We're doing it on the left with the opposite shading flipped. Now once in a while you'll see me move the paper a little bit to, to because I'm just the little particles that come off. They can smear and ruin the white part of your painting or even get in the other colored parts. So I'm just letting that little dust come off. All right, so they are colored in. And now I'm going to dissolve the color. So I'm just going to get my sicker a water brush. The tip is stained a little bit with blue, but it's, it's some, it's just a stain on the actual plastic rehearsals. It's perming ink. It's not. So i'm just refilling it with some water. And I'm gonna do the same technique. I'm not switching a lot of water around. I'm very carefully working in small little sections, that little brush strokes. And I'm not squeezing the water. My fingers are further down where the cap screws on to the barrel. I'm not squeezing out extra water. And I really don't like to go over a section twice that part. I can swish around, but I'm not using extra water. I'm just blending a little bit. But I'm doing it carefully. I'm not bringing all that color everywhere and kind of slowly blending in place. Because if not the darker color would go everywhere. So in all of this, I'm still not squeezing out water. The same water that I had before is that's why these brushes are ideal. They do water control for you and they are good for a lot of water soluble pigment it pencils. For example. There are pencils that are confused as being watercolor pencils. They are actually water-soluble India ink. And but they look like watercolor pencils. I use those two. And they stain because they dry permanent. They're fantastic anyway. But getting back to this, these water brushes their ideal. And I am dissolving the little sections of the Christmas tree candy gummy. I am not really moving the dark to the light side. But I will go in. And I like to shape the area that I'm working in first carefully. I think in the entire project I only squeeze water once. That's it. So so now you see I'm blending the swirls. So it doesn't, it's the hard edge of those swirls aren't so apparent. So now I'm working on the last one here. My like everything dry. So if you put your hand on it, you don't accidentally smear it everywhere. We finish that one on here. I recommend blending the other one the same way. I shape the area first on all of the borders and I dissolve it in place. And then I do last minute little touches to blend it all together softly. I'd rather blend the lighter part into the dark, then the darker part into the light. On the lighter shade, I should say. Again, little small areas. And in all of this I still haven't squeezed more water. So it's whatever water naturally was there and it comes out. So this brush is a little bit too big for tiny little areas. And that's what I'm gonna use my water brush by libraries. Fine tip. Again, you can use anything that you want. And if I did only have this one as an example, do it h just take me a little bit longer and I'd have to just be more careful. But that's all almost done there. I will let you just focus on that last little gummy. And I will see you in the next section. 4. Chimney and windows: So in this next section, I'm going to be doing the windows and the sum of the candies, not all of them work in to add the gingerbread color to the chimney. Hi, it's the same color as the little house. I decided to do it separately because there's a lot of little details there. And if you're new to using watercolors or doing this kind of project with paints and stuff. You know, it's just easier to make a mistake if you're really new at this with a little details like the snow that has to stay white, stuff like that. So here I'm showing you. I told you I would fan out some of the colors earlier in the video. So I'm fanning out here. I placed in there, I use like a peach coral or salmon color and then a warmer pink. So any kind of peachy color. Now if you only have orange and white, go ahead and use a little bit of white first, then put a little bit of orange, and then another layer of white watercolor pencil and you should come out with a really soft, peachy color. This is more, It's purple according to the car and dash super color too. But this is more like like a warm pink, very close to Magenta. More like a somewhere in between magenta and fuchsia. But you know, some starter sets of watercolor pencils bring two shades of pink. So I'm just carefully with a really sharp point and very softly, I am leaving to little tiny white specks on the bow. And the same thing on the left side. Now remember that one of the little candy buttons is partially covered by one of those little ribbons of the bow in my sketch. So that's why it looks like that. So you want to not cover the candy part. So the bow is over the candy. Now with a very light blue, very pale light blue. Again, you can use your lightest blue and use do two layers of white. If you only have white and blue in your set. I'm not shading in every little section of the window. I'm going from dark to light pressure from the left to the right side. Very light. I start out dark on the left side of that little box nine go lighter of my hand on the right and opposite from excuse me. The same direction and on the right side as well as the other window. Now I'm just taking a little bit of water. And I am dissolving that. Not going over all of the whitespaces. Just to make a little glass appearance like a frosty NUS on the window. Don't worry about the pencil. I will go in and fix that. Now, I have a color. I have metallic colours in my the super color to set. And then I have a couple of extra ones from a student brand called gold Farber, which is the favorite Castells student, watercolors, watercolor pencils. And I have some of those in silver. I'm trying to think other brands that I might have metallic CE and I can't remember, but I had bought them in a bulk, the metallic watercolor pencils, and I just accumulated those. I don't know. I don't have any other color in that brand. I'm trying to think what what brand do you know are popular that you folks might have. But anyway, you want to vary and you can always use grey. So I'm using the silver. I meant to grab the one by car and option, but I had so many. Like I said, I bought a pulled bulk of these way before I got my professional sets. I had had a couple of student brands that I had tried out years ago. And the metallic though, I got in this brand and I have so many of them that are almost full. But I, I really like the metallic sheen on it. If you don't have silver, you can use grey and it'll be just fine. If you don't have any, you can use pencil. I mean, just make sure you do a nice shiny line. Graphite tends to be shiny. So you can always use pencil and it will look nice. Just make sure you, you you're careful with the lines and stuff, you know, keep it clean. But yes, I really wanted that silver logo on the window sills. And that's about it for the silver. And I'm going to add some color to the top of the windows, almost like just the stained glass kinda little thing. I'm going to use orange and I'm gonna use gold. Once again, I wanted the goal from the super color because there's actually two shades and they're very, very vibrant. But I had, I had six or seven brand new from the gold Farber that I've always had there and I want to get those used up. So I'm gonna choose that. Plus it's. They're open stock so, you know, they're they're they're easily available. So it's maybe what you folks might be using. I'm not sure. There's just so many brands, you know, with them italics, but coming in with some red on the candy canes. Same thing I do on the right one. I will do on the left one. That's that I was very careful not to do too much red on the little project here because I wanted the peppermint stuff to stick out. So the red are that you're going to see is mostly the peppermint on top, which is kinda like a clock. It's the rounded big thing on the top of the roof. The peppermint on the side, and the little berries on the holly leafs. On the holly leaves is where you'll see the red. Now for the candies, that would be really pretty if they were filled in with all kinds of gel pens and markers and shiny stuff. But not everybody has all that land grab, although most do. I kept it in watercolor pencil. Because that's what I want to stick with for the most part. But yes, if you want to add all kinds of little embellishments and even some nail polish. If you don't have any fancy paints or special effects paints that have all kinds of shimmer and stuff. If you don't have anything like that, you know, you can use a little bit of nail polish or something like that, especially if it's for just like a card or something. And it'll look really cute. Just make sure you plan carefully where you're going to put it. And yeah, so that's the touches of red on the peppermint on the windows. Like I said, I just use the gold fiber. By favourite Castile, both gold and a little bit of just regular orange of the car and Dr. super color to here I am having the same ochre without any of the fancy other little shades that I used. I'm just going in with your general ochre into the chimney, but I'm being careful not to go over the holly leaf. And I'm careful not to go over the snow on the top or the snow bars through the bricks of the chimney. I made a mistake there. I went over the holly leaf in that color. But I'm gonna fix it. I'm just going to add a lot of water. Not too much, but I'm going to go and rub it out. Usually when it's hot press. Watercolor brushes with water. When you're using watercolor in a Q-tip work beautifully, but in this case it's watercolor pencil, but then the paper is cold press and it's such a tiny little piece here. So this is what I do. I have a little water dropper, ie dropping some water and I'm going to just take a little cloth and rub it, lifted up and then do a tiny little bit of rubbing. Not too much. I'm familiar with the way there's paper works and it'll be fine. So you just let it dry. It's OK that as those stains and stuff because it actually works out just fine. In this particular very specific instance. The green will cover that color. And I didn't, luckily, I didn't go over the snow part of the chimney because there's a holly leaf there, so it's fine. So I'm able to correct it without a problem. If I would've made the mistake on the some of the other areas, I would have had an issue. I would have had to do a little bit of tweaking with light gray to bring out that snow on the bars. But it worked out. Now, if you have enough space on your paper, you can do santa boats coming out of the top. You can even add some Christmas lights somewhere and little sparkles. Maybe you have some confetti that's Christmas shaped and you can add some in there. You know, there's so many things you could do with this project. It's so much fun. So the reason that I have the whole the wheels, those prongs, those hole punch on the left side of my watercolor shoes because when it's, when I'm finished with this little lesson project, I put it in a Paint book that I keep. And anyway, and that has its own explanation, but that's why I have those little hole punched things. I'm using the fine tip primaries water brush here because these are tiny little areas. If you have just your regular one, make sure you go very, very light and you don't go over the snow. Well, wait for that to dry and then I will go over the holly leaf in the green and it'll be just fine. So I'm using two shades of blue here. Cuz I'm gonna do the little candies. And I vary it up a little bit, so I'll do one on the belly and one on roof. You can use whatever colors you want. Uses molecule, minty, aqua. Somewhere between OK. One, turquoise. It's a very pretty blue. Who's gonna do two in that color? Now no variety coming in with they. Not exactly a mob, but it's somewhere. It says it's every pinky purple like a berry shade. Almost like fresh berries. So very pretty color. A different shade of orange, of very yellowish orange, but not too much of that because there's just so much the Gingerbread and memory using like yellows and oranges and so many places I just wanted a little touch of that. So coming with some violet and you can use purple. So I'm doing too little violet ones. I try to do two of each color. They don't have to be exact on the left and on the right, but just, just to give it some balance. Alright, some pink here. It's like up like a bubblegum pink. 5. Finishing Up: Okay folks, so this is the final section where we wrap everything up. But before we keep the painting going, I wanted to I said that I would fan out the pencils so that you could see, you know, what I used in stuff in this project. So those are the colors. I've been mentioning them when and why I use them. I forgot one more. It was the light blue one that I used for the Windows. Those are the two watercolor I'm sorry, water brushes. And yeah. So now we're going to continue with that already dried up that little area. And I filled in the candies. Nothing in particular, just like I said before, just two of each color. A little here, a little there. You know, it's not like that, right and the left are the identical candy colors. And I'm doing a little leaves at the Holly and shading that in. And then there's one more on the chimney. One more Holly on the chimney is going to dissolve those out. Don't forget as you change colors with your water brush, clean the tip on little tissue there. So I did all the berries and clean the tip and now I'm doing beliefs. So if you guys like this project, let me know I'd love to see your work. You can post it to the MySQL share profile on the bottom there's a section to post projects. I think that's how it works. I'm not sure. This is my fourth class on skill share, so I'm semi new. And but I know that there's a place where you can load your finished projects. I'd love to see it. You can tag me on social media to my Instagram is at Minnelli illustration. I have two Instagrams, but the one that I use for my teaching stuff is Minnelli illustration. That's also on my teacher profile on skill usher. Well, let me know and if you have a good review, that would be so kind. Thank you so much. I'm very encouraging. All right. So let's continue here. I'm using a very light gray. You can take two layers of your white watercolor pencil and just little stripes in black, very little, little marks, and dissolve it with water and you should get a very light gray. So this is a light gray that has a little bit of blue to it. A little bit of pale blue like a blue tone in that gray. But it's it's just called light gray. And I'm putting that between the snow and the edge of the gingerbread cookie. Or I should say house, it's not exactly a cookie. And I'm just carefully dissolving that trying not to get into the snow section. And there's a little bit of a harder grey edge on some of them. And I'm leaving it like that. It makes like a little shadow. Nine just playing the tip and not because I'm switching color, but because There's areas that I wanted it lighter. That's the first time I squeeze water. If you noticed, that's the very first squeeze. Now I'm working in that very, very light blue that I showed you that I used on the windows. Very light blue, only on the bottom half of the snow. So I'm not putting that light blue in the area with the light gray. That's a different section. I'm doing only half of the snow with the light blue. Now I'm just adding the little red on the berries of the Holly on the chimney. Now I still have to do the top of the chimney. Will snow on it. The bottom section is going to have a little bit of that light gray. And the other little section of snow is gonna have just on a bottom half a touch of the light blue again, moment is all that out. You guys like this class, I encourage you to check out my have two different YouTube channels. There might be something interesting you might like on there. All right, so now I just have to do the little leaves of the Holly on the chimney and little touches on I'm getting the black. This is the black by the museum. Ok. Oral by current Josh. I'm just doing the little mouth, the nose, the eyes, and a little eyebrows. I dissolve that very, very carefully. Very thin little lines there. But this time I used my Saqqara brush. It's a little bit bigger. Just to show you that if you don't have the prairie spine tip, that's fine. You can use what you you regularly have an eye. Men should do good little thin lines without one. So. You can just use your one water brushes. All you need if you get good enough to, you know, to, you know, you practice enough to Duke a little thinner lines with a thicker plastic Brussels. This takes a little practice. I hope everyone enjoying this project has a very safe and happy holiday. In this very strange year. Hope 20-20. Hopefully in 2021 it will be a much more wonderful year and very festive and safe for everyone. So then what I'm going to do after this is b2 little candies behind the little gummy trees. I can get either make those peppermint now, peppermint that I've seen in my state sold, they either have just the red stripes on the white peppermint. They've had green and red stripes, or I've seen them in length, these 2D 30 colors. So I just went for the 2D Furby. And the 2D 30 stripes are sometimes the candy cane entire pieces in pink or yellow or blue. And then you see the colored stripes, either in just white or in multi-color. So I just let the peppermint White and I added colored stripes like a tutti, fruity color. And I just went with that because I wanted to match the little candies on the roof. But before that, I want to add a touch of light blue, very light hand around the little house and the roof very carefully. I don't want to do too much. I don't wanna do it too strongly. This is optional. It's gonna add like a little sky impression. I'm not trying to fill the entire white of the page, but I am trying to give a little bit of an atmosphere surrounding the little house. You know, feel free to twist and twirl your paper. Make sure always that your wrist is comfortable even if you work upside down a little bit. So I'm just I'll show you what it looked like. Finished. It's coming up. So I just just very little, you know, not unlike going too far in the white with the blue, just very little. But being very careful with that, I don't put the blue in the white parts of the drawing. And only a little bit around the trees. Keep a very light hand. You don't want a lot of pigment on the white when you dissolve it. So here's a tip on dissolving it. You can definitely use your water brush. But I went ahead and used a watercolor brush. You don't need that. But the reason that I used it was because watercolor brushes are designed to hold tons of water like a mop. And I wanted a lot of water in this because I wanted to dilute it and give a very soft sky impression. Water brushes tend to allow the color. Since there's very little water. It tends to allow the color to be very strong. It dissolves it and a dries strong with a water, with a, with a real watercolour brush. It's going to dilute everything very, very pale. So because it, it uses so much water and the bristles are just designed to work that way. So I wanted that watery look because I want to very pale touch of a sky. You don't have to use that though. You can just work your water brush a little bit stronger and add more water. And use your wire brushing it will do the same thing, but it's a little bit harder with the water brush. Again, you don't have to add this sky on. You may not have a light blue. You can always tone it down with your white watercolor pencil. If you have a starter pack of watercolor pencils and you find that you don't have a lot of colors, but you have black and white. You can stretch those colors a lot further by darkening them or lightening them, giving you different colors. So you may want to buy an extra white one in black one if they're open stock in the set that you use, just a tip. And if they don't come up and stock them, you know, if it's very inexpensive, replenishing a new set is will give you more as well. If it's, if it's just a few dollar, you know, I don't know what you're using, but on my channel, I review a really reasonably peice priced ones. Thereby Michael's arts and crafts, I believe. It's a it's a specific one. It's not the one where the barrel is in color, but it's the ones that are cedar wood. And those are really good and inexpensive. The graphene are beautifully pigment it, that's another nice little starter set. It's not OpenStack, but it's neither the Michel's, but it's a good starter set. A few are wanting to invest in a nice at Crayola. Makes gorges watercolor pencils. Again, great for little projects like this and a starter set to learn really good students stuff. Here I'm using a gray, a darker Graham, sorry. It's a darker Slate. And I just made very little markings, Not a lot. I made marking Under the entire part of the house except for the trees. And then on the right side, just like two more lines to imply kinda like a walkway or something like that in the distance. And that's about it. Dissolve it very well. And we're going over it a lot fortuitously with my brush because i want to pale it up so much. That's what I actually want. And then once that dries, the only thing left is doing the little tutti fruity candies, the little stripes. And I chose the same colors that I did for the little candies on the roof. And then and then one more thing at the end. I'll show you. Those are pretty much the colors, same ones as the ones of the candy. And I'm just gonna do the stripes and match it on the other side. Now this little touch is optional. You can take a white gel pen of your choice. And that was the unit ball one. And sometimes it works beautifully on some papers and other times I have trouble with it. I have a seven brands ON different kinds of oil and we have a water-based and many, many different kinds, but I'm just using this occur a white gel pen here, adding little dots for snow. Some little dots are thicker, summer thinner. And then just like the stippling snow on the other two per gametes from the tree that form the tree. This is optional, like I said, you don't have to do this. You may want to bring out your markers and your pens, like I said before, glitter pens, gel pens, all kinds of markers and fun stuff and add little accents if you wish. So and that's about it. This coming up is what it looked like once it was finally dried and finished. And I really hope you enjoy this class. Leave your positive reviews. Leave your comments. You can write me questions, anything like that, and tag me and I'd love to see it by folks. Thank you so much. Thank you for taking my class.