Painting Store Fronts 101 - Step by Step Painting with Gouache and Mix Media | Sharon Leung | Skillshare

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Painting Store Fronts 101 - Step by Step Painting with Gouache and Mix Media

teacher avatar Sharon Leung, Life is serious, so have fun with art!

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Painting the Sky

    • 4. Painting the Clouds

    • 5. Painting Straight Lines

    • 6. Painting First Layer of Details

    • 7. Tricks & Tips for Adding Details

    • 8. Adding Textures and Gradients

    • 9. How to Make Colors Pop

    • 10. Adding Greenery

    • 11. Adding a Small Character & Flowers

    • 12. Using a Palate Knife for a Watercolor Block

    • 13. Adding Final Details with Mix Media

    • 14. Wrap Up

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About This Class

Hello everyone!

Join me in learning how to a cute store front with gouache and mix media.

It is so relaxing to paint store fronts and there are so many avenues to express your creativity, whether it be designing your building or adding in a little character.

In this class, I'll be going over how I paint my store front step by step with gouache, as well as provide some tips and tricks to painting with gouache.

I really hope you enjoy this class! Be sure to follow me for more classes.

If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask me in the discussions page! I'd also appreciate ideas for future classes that you want me to teach! 

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Sharon Leung

Life is serious, so have fun with art!


I'm a Mother‍‍‍ •  Artist• Pharmacist • Enthusiast based in Canada
All inquiries to [email protected]


My name is Sharon,  a freelance artist and illustrator based in Coquitlam, BC.

I love to paint whenever I can find the spare time (or sometimes, even if I don’t find any spare time).
As soon as I get an inspiration, I immediately feel the adrenaline rush. This sometimes drives me to paint late into the night (or mornings…).

A lot of the ideas for my paintings come to me spontaneously once I pick up a paintbrush. This is when I know that I have something good coming.

However, in some cases, I do require some extra time to research my subject because I&rsq... See full profile

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1. Intro: Looking to paint some cute store friends using quash for the first time or even as advanced beginner and wanting to paint something a little bit different from your usual type and style. While this class is for you, my name is sharing and I'm an artist. In this class, we'll be learning to paint those cute little store front with a flower shop in the front, and also a little house on the top. Of course, you can put your little spin on it, either adding on a bakery or have an umbrella store, whatever you would like. Store friends can be a lot of fun for you to think about how you want the building to structure, to illustrating designs and architect, and then adding on other types of flowers or mailboxes were little characters on the side as well. Well, are you ready? Let's get started. 2. Materials: Here I'm starting with a artist's watercolor block. This watercolor block is seven by seven inches. I really enjoy painting of artists water blocks because the 90 hot the tape down the paper. And it's very versatile for me to carry around and put aside if I want to come back to it later. Next, here are some different types of washes that I have currently I'm using a curl of Bosch. I love acrylic wash because the colors are very vibrant and they dried matt. So it's easy for me to other, other mixed media on top. And I'll be using a watercolor brush. And then here's my water container and a little soy sauce dish that I'll be using to mix my painting. That's essentially all the supplies. You're ready. Let's get started. 3. Painting the Sky: I'm going to start by wetting my paper with my watercolor brush with just some water and a general color for the sky. I usually start with one solid color for the background. I don't necessarily have to paint the entire background because this guy's not going to cover the entire background. But I think it's helpful starting with painting with water over the top part of the paper to get it wet and then adding on a color afterwards so that it looks more uniform. As you can see, I've also added a little bit of white onto the paper to signify where I'll be putting the clouds. So now that we have a little bit of the blue background done, I'll be adding a bit more color to the Cloud that will let it dry. 4. Painting the Clouds: Here's the next step. Once it dries, it's time to add on a next layer is lot easier to add on the next color layer, especially once it's dry. And that way the colors will stay and will be a bit more contrast rather than diluted like the watercolor. And the great thing about washes that you can always let it dry. And then you can rework it by adding water for you can actually layer on colors on top as well. So here you can see I'm adding a little bit of white, blending a little bit of sky blue, baby blue on as well, and dabble on the side for the tiny clouds. I keep in mind that the light is shining from the top or behind the clouds. So that's why the clouds are a little bit more white on the top and there's a gradient towards a darker color on the bottom. In here is what I have for the clouds. Let's get on to the store friend. 5. Painting Straight Lines: For the store front, I wanted to make sure that I get some straight lines on the sides. So I'm going to use a cheaters method by using some paint her team that I've purchased and doesn't have to be big. Long slabs of tape just a little bit on the side and you can see IT approximately how wide the building's going to be. And then I'm going to add a general color, brown to signify where the building is going to be approximately. Of course, later on I'll be layering on more detail. So I'm not too fast about whether the lines are exactly super straight or was the color that I want for the entire building by just want to mark approximately where the building will be for the S-warfarin. And here I'm going to reuse the same piece of tape that I use on the side and put it across on the top to show the top of the building as well. And then I'll let it dry and then peel off the tape. And you can see I have some straight lines here signifying where the store fund will be. 6. Painting First Layer of Details: Here I'll fill in the rest of the building of low water and adding on colors. I'm slowly segmenting the building into different levels that imaginal be having. And then adding in a light color for the sidewalks are, of course, this is only the first layer after I've read them first layer, so mean it let it dry. And then I, I'm going to add a little bit more detail using some darker colors here and also some lighter colors for the top. You see that the design is solely coming into place. And then coloring a little bit of the windows and the shadows. 7. Tricks & Tips for Adding Details: And once it dries, when I wanted to paint in some details and I don't want to get it smudge be usually use another blank piece of paper where I could rest my hand on it. One of my favorite parts of painting is adding all the little details and I don't love using black, so a lot of times I use dark brown to show darker color gradients or dark blues and purples. Here I'm going to give a little touch up off the power life. And then I'm going to start adding in where I believed my flower pots will be and where I'll be adding all more flowers. 8. Adding Textures and Gradients: Next I'll be adding a little bit more texture ingredient to the store front itself. So it doesn't look totally flat. And here's what I have with the store friend so far. We'll let it dry so we can add on the next layer on top. 9. How to Make Colors Pop: Next I'm going to use white and put it on my source dash, dash, and then use my paint brush to add in a little bit of detail where I think the trees and the flowers are going to be. It's very helpful to add a white on the background first before adding on your greens to signify what their leaves in the trees are at, because that will really help the colors pop and make the trees look that much more vibrated in your painting. So here I'm going to add the white. Can see I add a little bit of water and double it in so that you can see that there are layers of were the some of the colors are going to stand out a little bit more. This part is very important to kinda signify where the really vibrant colors are going to pop later on. And I'm also going to add some highlights on the power lines and also the poll on the side as well. So that's what I have so far. 10. Adding Greenery: Next is one of my favorite parts is adding colors that make the painting pop and the little store front pop. And that's some foliage and trees. And I start with the darker colors like the darker greens slowly layer on different colors greens and adding little bit of white and yellow. So that the flowers and the trees will have a little bit more dynamic to it. After that, I let it dry a little bit, and then we'll move on to adding more details next. Flowers. 11. Adding a Small Character & Flowers: This next detail I'm going to add is a little character. I really love adding little characters to my store friend to add a little bit, a splash of onesies. So here I'm going to add a little cat that's going to be watering the plant. Again, you can see I start by adding white color on the background so that the color I add onto the cat will pop a little bit more. And then I'm going to use my small paintbrush to add little dabs of red pinks and oranges to signify where the flowers are. This is what we happen to painting so far. Looking good brain. 12. Using a Palate Knife for a Watercolor Block: Next, it's time for us to use our palette knife. Once the painting has dried, I usually leave a painting for drying around 24 hours or so. And then I put my palette knife on the edge of the block. And then I get the painting out before I add on other mixed media details using oil pencils or archival inks. Be gentle during this process of removing the painting using a palette knife because I've had experiences where such a rush and sometimes a damaged the painting itself. Just do it slowly and you can kind of have a better feel over time on what's the best way of not overdoing it or being too rough with your painting. So there you go. 13. Adding Final Details with Mix Media: Next I'm going to grab some of my oil pencils, make sure to sharpen them, especially when I start with the details. And then I move slowly into some of the areas where I shade in the gradient. So I'm going to start with a little cat in the corner adding little eyes, mouths, and uprightness. While sometimes I make mistakes when I add in details and I use archival inks or I can also use quash to repay over it. Now I'm going to use a little bit of green and add a shape to the tree in the back so that it looks a little bit more uniform and a little bit of brown to color in the gradient for the store friend. As well as add textures to the painting. 14. Wrap Up: And there you have it. Here's a little storefront with our little kitty in the friend watering the plant. And it has a two-story building with where they live on the top. And it looks just so much fun. I can imagine this being gifted to a friend or frame and just put on my studio table and overtime you can do many different store friends and have a whole collection. Well hope you enjoyed this class. And for the class project, I invite you to pay your own little storefront, whether it be a bakery or it could be a hot tubs dad or a cupcake store, or it could be at umbrellas store. The sky's the limit. If you any question, feel free to leave in the discussion and I hope to see you in the next class. Take care.