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Paint Watercolor Gingerbread Houses

teacher avatar Jamie Kim, Illustrator

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7 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. House #1

    • 4. House #2

    • 5. House #3

    • 6. Project and ty!

    • 7. Bonus house

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About This Class

Hi!  Let's create holiday inspired gingerbread houses using watercolor and ink.

We’ll go through basic watercolor techniques, learn how to create depth in our illustration, and incorporate ink and other finishing details.  This class is for awesome for beginners and anyone in the holiday spirit!


Recommended Materials 

Global Art Handbook Journal 

Canson XL Series Watercolor Paper 

Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections - Classic and Decadent (use discount code “inksnthings15%)

Winsor and Newton Cotman 

The Pigeon Letters Studio Round Brushes 

The Pigeon Letters Monoline Pens 

Sakura micron pen

White gel pen 

White acrylic or gouache 

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Jamie Kim



Hello!  I'm Jamie.  Welcome to my page!  I'm an illustrator inspired endlessly by plants and places.  I enjoy looking to the world around me to fill my sketchbook and taking time daily for a little creativity.  Let's learn, grow, and create together! 


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1. Intro: Hi, I'm Jamie. I'm in l straighter. And today I want to share with you how to paint this holiday inspired illustration. Super easy, super fun. Watercolor gingerbread houses in this class will use basic watercolor techniques and add meat elements with ink and jump in for the class project. All you have to do is follow along and pink these houses. You can add your own personal touch and really just use your creativity. I would love to see them in your sketchbook or on something you want to share with your family and friends. Like a greeting card. Anything you want to come up with. Sound good. Okay, so let's get started and I'll see you in the next video. 2. Materials: the first thing you'll need is a watercolor sketch book or paper, and the one amusing is by Global Art Handbook Journal. Um, any papers? Fine as long as it's £140. Next, you'll need some water color hands or tubes in a paper towel or a rag to rinse off between colors. Some round brushes a size six or eight in the smaller two. For details. A pencil, some pens with waterproof ink, a white joe pin in some white acrylic or quash for when we do. Details two jars of water, one for clean and one for dirty and a spray bottle to prep your palate. 3. House #1: But first thing we'll do is pick out our colors, and we're gonna use a variation for each house. But by sticking to this palette will automatically create a sense of harmony. So the first color is a mustard or yellow Oakar, and next color is old. And then we'll use a burnt sienna, which is kind of like a warm brown and then a brown that has a bit of, ah, purplish undertone and then a dark brown and a red. So if you take a look to the left, I've put in and ink drawing to show you what our house will look like. And you can use it as a guy, too lightly pencil in the shapes, and it's really just to help guide us when we're adding color. Now we're going to start with the roof and of mixed up some yellow Oakar. And the important thing to keep in mind is, as you paint, change the amount of water on your brush to get different shades. So right now I'm just kind of dragging the color down until you filled in most of your shape, and now, with mostly paint, I'm going in and dropping in the corners and other areas, and it'll look awesome when it dries cause you'll see the transition of the color from light to dark. Just want to make sure that the area your painting is still wet for the front of the house . A mixing up some burnt sienna and being careful to paint around the windows and leaving a little white space between the roof. And again, I'm using a little more paint in some areas. Other areas. I'm rinsing my brush a little bit and dragging color down, and you can see the transparent nature of watercolor. And so you're getting a lot of light areas in dark areas. And although we put in those pencil lines, you don't have to follow it exactly. I think it's actually more fun if you're building isn't completely straight. So it's supposed to mimic the look of gingerbread and having those kind of wobbly lines I think helps and now for the top windows. Since it's a smaller space, I've grabbed my number two size brush and we're just basically painting little squares and for each window paying you can use different colors from our palate, and visually it will just make the area pop and kind of draws in the viewer when they noticed the different colors. And we're doing those same method as we were painting the main part of the house just on a smaller scale. So grabbing some paint and then maybe rinsing your brush a little bit to drag down color. You'll get some light areas in some dark areas, and you can go slow so you can get the little corners and preserve that white space. And now, for the center window, I'm painting a large block. I'm choosing a darker color because we're gonna go in with white pen and what will show up a lot better against the dark color and then some horizontal lines to indicate our shutters . And here's another area where you can throw in a little fun by changing up the colors of your shutter lines or the door. We're going to take our gold on paint another block, and we can make some parts darker by using more pain and then just dragging color to create the lighter areas, you know in a, uh, the chimney. And this is just another rectangle shape, and I'm using a brown color and then a tiny red strip right about that, leaving a little bit of white space. Okay, now let's take offence. I'm taking some brown painting the post, which is it's a thin rectangle and then adding some horizontal, wavy kind of jagged lines and the same thing for the other side. I'm using a mix actually of brown and then dropping in gold at times while it's still wet, then adding in the cross bars. And now we're gonna work on some details and just checking that it's it's dry and with a light brown, we're gonna add little W's for the roof shingles, and then you can add another row with a slightly different brown if you like. And as you move towards the bottom, you don't want to put every single one in just a couple, and that will be enough for the viewer to understand what they are. And I'm just putting in a slightly darker brown to create a little bit more contrast again , checking that it's dry before adding in our detail, I'm grabbing my white gel pen and adding little you shapes on top of some of our brown and then dividing up our windowpanes, adding them to the door and adding the knobs. And then whatever other decoration that you want to add to your house and with you're waterproof ink pen, just adding a little lamp on the side. And now we're gonna try some splatters, and I'm using a number two size brush. There's two ways you can just tap on the brush or flick it with your finger, and I like to test it on a piece of paper before I try and then kind of just do it in random spots are on the fence in front of the house. That's it, you're finished. 4. House #2: this next one is tons of fun because of the other elements were going to include first with your burnt sienna or your reddish brown paint triangle for the upper part of the house, and I'm outlining it with strong paint and then wedding my brush to mitts off a little bit of a color and spreading it and being careful to paint around the center, which will go back and paint a little bit after it tries or the main body of the house. We're gonna take that brown that has a little bit of that purplish undertone and paint around the windows and around the door. And as you're going, try to changed the color by either rinsing off your brush or using slightly more paint, and you'll see when it dries that your house will have little spots of highlight and areas of the dark so it looks like parts of the house might be in shadow and really have fun with color. You can drop in a different shade of brown here and there. Next, Just take your red and paint a fin rectangle on the left side and paint as close to the houses you can get leaving that tiny bit of white space and then we'll just repeat on the other side. I'm starting off with a lot of paint on my brush and then rinsing off a little bit to dry out the rest of the color. And while we still have the red, let's work on our little peppermint window and these. I'm just painting triangles, and if you're triangles, touch, it's OK. We can touch it up with a little bit of white jump in, but you want to create that kind of art with your triangles. And now let's scrap some gold and paint a rectangle for the main part of the chimney and then a thin line to the right, as if we're viewing it from the side for the windows. Were gonna be painting two small rectangular shapes within the white that we left, and I'm using different shades of brown to make it less monotonous and use the range of our palate. Alex paint in our door and it's aren't shape, so it's a rounded entry. It's more fun to break it up because we have a lot of squares and triangles and rectangles . Yeah, you now Let's get to the fun element. First up is a tree, and I have a sculpture class all about them if you want to paint more. But this one is based on a simple triangle shape where we're just moving side to side and adding depth by dropping darker paint, um, the underside and the edges. And if you've seen any of my illustrations, young now I'll make any excuse to put on a utility pole. It just got so much charm, you know, some using a diluted brown mixed with a tiny bit of blue, and I like to give them a little bend and sway and just lightly painting in some of the wires. And right next to that we are doing another tree. But this one's a little bit simpler, and it's a triangle shape again dinner, and I've outlined it, and now I'm just dragging down color. And since it's still what we can, modifying a little bit by grabbing some darker paint, dropping in wherever you want, and also I'm lifting a little bit of the color with the dry brush to create a little bit of highlight, and the last piece of the tree of course, is the trump. Now I'm just checking that it's dry before we add in our white details, paining in the torn up and adding a little ornamentation along the bottom. I chose leaves or botanicals, but you can do whatever you want. And I'm adding a little detail in the upper part of the house and with our pen, we're just gonna add some chimney smoke and some utility lines. And for this you want fast, sweeping motions. And I should like to aim for the top of the roof, and they're just It's just so fun. And you can also put in white lines in our tree to make it look like string lights. Now, to make it really festive, we're gonna go ahead and grab on an old brush and some acrylic paint. Look, wash and splatter on the tree so it looks like it's snowing. So is it the same technique I showed you before? You can flick it with the your finger and you can finish up with some spotters, like with the before, just randomly across the house and trees, and you're done 5. House #3: this'll last houses even simpler than the ones we've done before, because it's just one big shape. So take your gold and yellow color and paint the main part of the house leaving space where the windows and doors and if you've penciled in the shape, it's OK to deviate from it. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight and again, we're trying to make it look like gingerbread, and it has a more crumbly look if it's uneven in certain spots. Okay, so for the roof line, we're gonna use some dark, dark brown, or you can out of touch him black in it. And it's a thin rectangle, just like we did it. The other house. And then I what? My brush Slightly so that I could drag out some of the color to paint the windows. I'm taking the brown with that bit of purple undertone and leaving a little bit of white space as I fell in the different areas. Then I like to drive my brush off a little bit so that I can lift some of the color and then pain in the chimney and a little bit of red for the top to add a little pop of color. And now we're gonna add a tree just like we did in the last video. I used the gold color to match the house, and then I'm just gonna drop in some darker color to create the shadowed areas. Now we're almost done. We just need to add in some smoke and then little extenders on top of the roof. And with your white Joe, Penn will add in the windowpanes and the Dorner and check to make sure that the area is completely dry and to create a little bit of texture. We can draw in some reclines, and that's where I'm just drawing horizontal lines and then putting in verticals in between and just use your creativity. I didn't any kind of detail. You like to make the house unique in yours. OK, now it's time to add some snow. Just take your acrylic or quash and splatter it onto the tree and even more splatter with you're smaller brush and brown paint and then some birds and the finishing detail. To pull it all together is to add some shadow, and you just basically want a silhouette of your shapes and you can go back and add them to your other houses. And that's it. You did it. Three. Easy fun watercolor gingerbread houses. 6. Project and ty!: thanks so much for taking the class. I am so excited to see all your beautiful houses and all the steps you took along the way. Be sure to upload it to the Project gallery so we can all see and cheer each other on. You can also use hash tag Kingston things skill share so I can see it on insta and hopefully share it. Okay, that's it. See you next time. Bye. 7. Bonus house: - Yeah .