Gouache Fruits - A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Paint Fruits Using Gouache

Ketlin Martins, Graphic Designer + Entrepreneur

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12 Lessons (1h 3m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Intro to Brainstorming

    • 3. Brainstorming

    • 4. Sketching Exercises

    • 5. Intro to Sketching

    • 6. Sketching

    • 7. Intro to Painting

    • 8. Quick Tips

    • 9. Starting the Project

    • 10. Painting Part 1

    • 11. Painting Part 2

    • 12. Conclusion


Project Description

To create an illustration of one or a few fruits using gouache on paper. Fruits can be realistic and colour accurate or more illustration based with different shapes and colours.


  • Gouache paint
  • Foil paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Watercolour paper
  • HB or F Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towel
  • Small container
  • Water



  • Sketch the fruit(s) using a very light pencil on a sheet of watercolour paper
  • Paint the base of the drawing (at this point the illustration will be very flat)
  • Add shadows to create a more 3D effect (if desired)
  • Add details and textures (if desired)
  • Scan it or take a picture
  • Upload your illustration to the class’s project gallery


  • Gather pictures of fruits (different shapes, details, close ups, different angles, etc) and have them in front of you as reference
  • Loosen wrist techniques for sketching shapes
  • Use tracing paper to create a good structured layout
  • Cut different pieces of the sketches and overlap/place them side by side
  • Don’t sketch too dark (lightest pencil possible - HB or F)
  • Watercolour paper pad (hot press) - smoother finish
  • Use foil paper to mix the gouache
  • Create a colour palette as reference (write down shades used if mixing different colours)
  • Always clean the brush when changing shades of colours
  • Paint lighter colours first (so you don’t need to change the water to clean the brush as often)
  • Constantly water the brush so the paint doesn’t dry too quickly
  • Don’t water the brush too much to avoid stains
  • Use paper towel to clean the brush

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