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Watercolor Christmas Cookies - Part 2

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

Watercolor Christmas Cookies - Part 2

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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24 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. 2 Class Supplies

    • 3. 3 Using the Templates

    • 4. 4 Cookie #1: Layer 1

    • 5. 5 Cookie #1: Layer #2

    • 6. 6 Cookie #1: Layer #3

    • 7. 7 Cookie #1: Adding Details

    • 8. 8 Cookie #2: Layer #1

    • 9. 9 Cookie #2: Layer #2

    • 10. 10 Cookie #2: Adding Details

    • 11. 11 Cookie #3: Layer #1

    • 12. 12 Cookie #3 Layer #2

    • 13. 13 Cookie #3: Painting the Eyes

    • 14. 14 Cookie #3: Adding Details

    • 15. 15 Cookie #4: Layer #1

    • 16. 16 Cookie #4: Layer #2

    • 17. 17 Cookie #4: Adding Details

    • 18. 18 Cookie #5: Layer #1

    • 19. 19 Cookie #5: Layer #2

    • 20. 20 Cookie #5: Layer #3

    • 21. 21 Cookie #5: Layer #4

    • 22. 22 Cookie #5: Adding Details

    • 23. 23 Extra Details on Cookies

    • 24. 24 Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

Watercolor Christmas Cookies Part 2 is an addendum to my class Watercolor Christmas Cookies released in 2018, where we painted ten Christmas cookies in watercolor.

In Part 2, we'll add five more cookies

  • Poinsettia Spritz Cookie
  • Candy Cane Twisted Cookie
  • Penguin Slice & Bake Cookie
  • Chocolate Filled Sandwich Cookie
  • Frosted Snowman Cookie

These cookies are geared towards beginner watercolorists and work on techniques such as, moving and removing wet pigment, using brilliant and bold colors to achieve a shape, and working on adding highlights and shadows by controlling the water and pigment.

Each cookie is broken down into a 2-5 lessons, so you can create one or all five cookies.

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website danielamellen.com

You can contact me at [email protected] See full profile

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1. Class Intro: Hello. I'm Daniella Melon, an author and artist here on skill share. Today's class is a continuation of my original class on watercolor Christmas cookies, where we painted 10 classic Christmas cookies in today's class will paint five more Christmas cookies, each on five by seven watercolor paper. We'll create a spritz cookie that resembles a point. Sadia, a twisted red and white candy cane cookie, a sliced penguin cookie, ah filled chocolate cream cookie and then a decorated snowman face cookie. For your class project, select a cookie, trace it onto watercolor paper using the template and then start painting. Take a photo of your work and posted in the project section. Be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes and please consider leaving a review. Thank you for joining me. 2. 2 Class Supplies: class supplies you'll need for the watercolor Christmas cookies, part to include the template that you can download. You could find it in the project section, and it fits on a standard piece of paper. Just print that out, and it has all five of your cookies on it. I have a water color brushes number one and number four, which will be all we need for these cookies. I have my watercolor paper now. I cut it down into four by six in sheets, but you can use five by seven. Or you could put multiple cookies on a single eight by 10 sheet if you'd like. I have a pencil and eraser to trace my images or to cut them out and use them as a stencil . And then I have my water color pigments. I also use a jug of water in the next chapter will go over using the template 3. 3 Using the Templates: There are a few ways that you can use the template that you can find in the project section . You can use it and just sketch your image. Freehand. Using this is just in motivation and reference tool. You can put it a light source behind it, and here I have a light pad. But you could use a window as well. These air quick little drawings. You simply put your template onto the light source and then you put your paper over it over which cookie you'd like to draw, and then you can just trace around it another way. You can do it. Since these air simple images is, you can just cut around them and trace around it, using it as a template. The next chapter will start painting. 4. 4 Cookie #1: Layer 1: to create our first watercolor Christmas cookie. We have a spritz cookie and it's shaped like a point. Sadia. When I drew the use the template to draw it, I did not draw in the little circles. And I'm gonna try and keep a reminder to myself to keep the center here very lightly colored, if at all. I took the liberty of creating these lines right to the center. And so what I want to do is treat each pedal individually so one side's gonna be darker than the other. And on both sides, the darkest point of both sides will be the perimeter. So I'm going to start with my brush and I'm going to start right at the top here. Peddle in the left hand side top, get a brush water on the half of the pedal, and then I'm gonna continue adding water to the perimeter. Then I'm gonna mix my color. I'm gonna put a little crimson lake right here and a little bit of burnt sienna. And I wanna have a cooked color. So when the red food coloring goes into the cookie batter, it looks very brilliant red. But when it cooks, it tones down a little as the sugar Caramelizes. So I'm gonna look at my paper, and I'm going to create the perimeter with my color. And then on one side, I'll start with my left hand side. I'm gonna add even a little more color and bring that right up to the middle, the midline here. Then I'm going to skip a pedal, add color to add water to the outer half and then a little bit of water to the perimeter and I'll do the same thing. And I'm gonna have my, um, darkness my dark pedal on the left hand side. So create my perimeter, and then I'll add my dark pigment toe one side Good to skip a pedal, adding water to the outer half and then creating just a wet line for the perimeter. And I want this half to be the dark half, so I'm gonna create my shape and then use half of it was color. I'm gonna let this layer dry, and then we'll continue with the remaining pedals. Now that our three pedals were dry, I'm gonna come back in and do the remaining three water on the outer half and the perimeter and then pigment. And I'm gonna do it on the left hand side. Pedal here, my color, and just create the shape. Do the same thing here. The deeper color will be on the left hand side of this pedal and the perimeter. And then the last one. And I'm gonna put the deeper color on this side. Now I want this layer to completely dry. 5. 5 Cookie #1: Layer #2: never. Our first layer of our cookie has completely dried. I'm gonna go in there with my brush, make a little bit more of this color, and I'll add a little more of this burnt sienna in a little crimson lake. And with a sharp point in a very fine brush, barely touching my paper, I'm gonna outline each of these pedals. You're not gonna go down the center line just like that. They'll let this layer completely dry. 6. 6 Cookie #1: Layer #3: Now that our first layer has dried, we're gonna go in with our large brush and we're gonna wet down a little bit of this color just with the tip of the brush. We're gonna drag the brush over the area on the side that we wet that we want to emphasize the dark color. I'll do that on every pedal. I've done that on every pedal. I'm gonna go back at a little bit more water to what was left on my brush and do it one more time on each pedal. Just one stroke, one long stroke again staying on the area that we've already colored in Just to emphasize it, some more gonna take more water. One more brush stroke. Keep just a little on my brush and go over on the other side. The area that might be bear might have just a little pigment on it. This is just to soften the edge somewhat. But take my small brush. We're gonna work on the shadow while the slayers drying. Gonna put some water down on my paper, take a little bit of black to get a light gray and just us brush full of the red. If it's too pink, I'll go in there and take a little more black brush full of water. And then I'm going to create just a little shadow echoing the shape right underneath these pedals here, particularly to right here deep water on my brush and create that shadow again. I'll dip water on my brush, echoing the shape. And then from here on out, we're gonna just make a very narrow line around the rest of this cookie. The majority of this shape is gonna fall right here of the shadow shape. Well, let this layer completely dry, and then we'll go in and add a little bit of Sprinkles to indicate the center of the flower . 7. 7 Cookie #1: Adding Details: Now there are layers dry will take the number one brush, put a little water down and take some of this yellow. Oakar could make a very sharp point with a lot of pigment on my brush. And I'm just gonna make a few dots right in the center. When this dries. When these drop dots dry, I might go over it and create highlights with a gel pin just like that. And there we have our point. Saidiya spritz, cookie. 8. 8 Cookie #2: Layer #1: for the second cookie, we're gonna make this candy cane that's made with twisted dough. So I'm going to start by making my two colors. I'm gonna have a red and a pale beige. So I'm gonna take my Crimson lake in my burnt Sienna, and then I'll make a very pale version using a little sepia over here in some yellow Oakar and a little bit of water to that. I'm going to start by using my read. Um, I'm gonna make alternate my dough, so I'll have my red here, and I'm just gonna wet the area around the perimeter on the 1st 2 So I'll do the 1st 1 and then I'll skip one that I'm gonna come in here with my pigment and I'm gonna create that shape. Just gonna paint the perimeter for now and it'll bleed in the areas with pigment is where the paper is wet, and then I'll just go in and drop more pigment on the wet perimeter. And that will create a natural highlight. The part that's closest to us of the cookie and also the darkest shade where it intertwines with the part behind it, do the same thing over here. Then I'll skip one dough. Go here and here and again the same procedure. I'll go in with a wet brush just to make sure there's no harsh edges. You don't do the same thing here, - going with a wet brush. Create no harsh edges. And that went the final piece. Well, it's all damp. I'm gonna go in there, makes a little more pigment using the same colors and just drop a little e. And on the perimeter of all of them again, this serves toe, let create the outline as well as add vibrancy. And now we're just gonna let it dry. 9. 9 Cookie #2: Layer #2: now that the first layers dried, Gonna go in there with the second layer and paint my batter, so I'm going around. I went it, and I'll go for the same procedure I did on the 1st 1 The red ray had a pigment and color on the edges, but very faint in the center. If I find the pigments running too much, we'll just take a dry brush and pull it from the center. So wet the area introduced the pigment and then move it the way I want. And again, if there's too much pigment in area, just take a damp brush or a dry brush, depending on how much pigment is in the area and just pull it from the center. We'll continue this procedure among the areas that need to be painted and then with a damp Russian just gotta go over it. Blend it once again. We'll move the paint pigment around so that there's some nice highlights. Andrea is just a little more pigment on this edge here and up top here, take my brush and just fade out. These edges. Let this layer dry will come back in ads and shadow 10. 10 Cookie #2: Adding Details: So now that my layer has dried gonna go in there and create my shadow color to put a little water on the palate A little black and a little sepia to warm it up And then I'll lighten this up gonna switch to my smaller brush And I'm gonna have my shadow fall this way So I'll start here And I'm just gonna imitate the shape and go around the base here, Press down and go around just like this and then continue with creating the shadow. Start lightly up here and then create a very thin shadow just on the side here. So we created a nice thick one on the base. Create a sick one here and a very light thin went over here and again A very light went on this side. If you want, you can add introduced some spatter, but I'm gonna leave the cookie just like this 11. 11 Cookie #3: Layer #1: for the penguin cookie. We're going to start in the center of the cookie, and I'm gonna put clear water all over the center here, avoiding the eyes and the nose. Now, this cookie is a little different than the spritz cookie and the candy cane in that it's a a slice cookie. So they make a big role with their pattern on it, and then they just slice it. So each of these embellishments, the eyes, the nose, they're all the same depth. So I have that nice and wet. And then I'm gonna go here and mix, um, yellow Oakar and a little sepia and get a little brown color. I want to mute this. So I had a couple of brush walls of water and I wanted just to look like shortbread. So just a little bit of caramelization on the cookie. So to do that, I'm just gonna go around the perimeter and the whole areas wet, so it should bleed or allow me to blend it. Well, some coming here, I drop in my pigment and just a little bit a little dry lighter, and then, with a wet brush, I'm just gonna blend it out, so there's no harsh edges, and that's the first layer that we're gonna work on, so we'll let that completely dry. 12. 12 Cookie #3 Layer #2: Now that our first layer is dry on our penguin cookie, I wanna work on the outside and this will be the dark part. So I'm gonna make some purple, some Prussian blue and some black. And that's what color I want to use for the penguin. So it's not a solid black. It's got some elements of purple and blue in there had a little bit of water. So with a sharp point of my brush, I'm gonna start at the perimeter here and create that shape. We just do half of it at a time. Then I'll go in, rinse my brush and then just emphasize that shape and I'll pull that pigment right up until that shortbread part. In reality, it's all shortbread. It's just the different layers. The eyes, the nose and the outer dark color are dyed to resemble the penguins colors so that it's reminiscent of a penguin. So it has the same texture, just different colors. So I'll go in, drops a more pigment on my perimeter here on the exterior, and then try and believe that in in a very controlled way. What makes this cookie effective is the pleasing shape that we're going to develop. So I'm gonna go and just add a little more color to the perimeter because we have a nice shape, and in this case, it's kind of an egg shaped the perimeter. I'll turn this around as I go right. Then I'll rinse my brush, pick up just a little bit of pigment on a wet brush and continue to create that shape on the interface of this penguin. When I have it all wet, I'll go up and pick up a lot of pigment and continue around the perimeter, really emphasizing that exterior part of a cookie. Then I'll go in there, make a sharp point of my brush and pull that pigment away from the face, and I'll let this layer completely dry. 13. 13 Cookie #3: Painting the Eyes: Now that the cookie itself is dry, we can start working on the details with some black on mixing just plain black in with the black. We have what's left on my palette from the exterior and will make the eyes. So I'm gonna leave a little highlight of white just so it doesn't look so flat just like this on one, I Then I'll do the second I and then with that same black, I'm just going to outline this cookie Short little strokes. And I want the exterior of this cookie to be is darkest can be the darkest point we make, and we'll left licit layer completely dry. 14. 14 Cookie #3: Adding Details: So now with my little brush, my number one brush, I'm gonna take some of this vermillion Hugh in some of this deep yellow with a sharp point , I'm gonna make the nose gonna create a little highlight in the top. But other than that, I just want to around a triangle shape just like that. Indicate it's the penguin. Take my other brush. We're gonna create a little shadow around this cookie. Put some white down, pull it some of the diluted black that we have, and I'm gonna create that shape. Might take a little more black in there just like this. So I make a C shape basically from the 11 oclock to the four o'clock will taper it off just like that. I'm gonna go and pick up some of this brown that we used for the shortbread. I'm just gonna create a little spatter around the cookie. I think it's a cute effect. And there we have our penguin cookie 15. 15 Cookie #4: Layer #1: for her next cookie. We have a partially filled cookie and it's chocolate. It's a double chocolate cookie, so this is gonna be a chocolate cookie filled with like a chocolate frosting. So I'm going to start by working on the cookie part, which is the exterior. Got a wet that, And so that one. I wouldn't want it to be like a BRAC, uh, black or a dark brown with black three cool colors. So I'm gonna take some sepia and some black and a little bit of Prussian blue. Nick is a nice on a cooked chocolate color. Gonna go around the exterior here, just like with all the cookies. We want the perimeter to be the darkest. That's the part on the cookie sheet that gets the sugar gets caramelized on the cookie the most, so I'll go back dropping pigment right on the perimeter. Then I'll come back in and create the interior. And so when these cookies are baked in stages, the interior lines will also be very caramelized. Dip it in water, pull the color out, then I'll rinse my brush and just move this color so there's no harsh lines. There's no harsh lines here. I'm gonna switch brushes and with my small brush, gonna pick up that pigment and just drop it on along the edge of the entire cookie. There shouldn't be really any sharp points on the cookie. They'll dough as they bake, but it's still we wanted to be reminiscent of a diamond shape. Make this line nice and need right in the center of our cookie, and then I'll drop some pigment in the center as well. I can go back in and add as much pigment as I want to the edge to make it very vibrant and then let it dry and we'll let this layer completely dry. 16. 16 Cookie #4: Layer #2: now Because it's filled with chocolate frosting. We want her chocolate frosting toe look chocolatey. Not black, but very rich brown. So start with some burnt sienna and then I'll add sepia and I'll mix it until I get the warmth of the color that I like. I could mix in a little over 1,000,000 Hugh with that as well. So I get that nice, rich color all runs out my brush And then while I still have water on my brush, I'm gonna wet the interior of this cookie. Where the frostings gonna go? I'm gonna leave a little barrier between the cookie part and the frosting so I'll make my perimeter first, and then I'm gonna leave a highlight. And so I think I'm gonna leave a highlight on the bottom half here, so I'll switch to my smaller brush, pick up my pigment and drop it in and again. I want to leave just a tiny little line of dry paper between my filling and my cookie. Now go back in and tighten that lineup. So it's really tiny, and I'll continue to fill in. And then when I'm confident, I haven't filled in nicely. Oh, drag that color right out to the cookie to cause it more pigment in. And I intended to leave the bottom here, highlighted naturally, but I see I've got a nice hat Highlight happening over here is well, so I'll leave that we'll go when they're wet. My brush just around that edge a little over here and let this highlight. It's natural. Highlight happened, just creating a soft edge. We'll go in there with my pigment, dropping as much as I can and just let that layer dry. 17. 17 Cookie #4: Adding Details: Now I want to add just a little shadow. And again I'm gonna follow through with the way I handled all my shadows and make them around the seven o'clock area So we just water for my brush could imitate the shape. And then I'm gonna come here and makes a little light gray. I'll take a teeny bit of color from where we mix the filling just to warm it up a little bit. And then I'll add my shadow color, clean my brush and then just blend it out, leaving a tiny little space between my cookie and the shadow. And then I'm creating a nice little shape that echoes the shape of the cookie. So here I have it on this side, and I'm gonna pull it right across. Make it very narrow on the top of the cookie. Very narrow on the right hand side, but it connects all the way through. And there we have our chocolate filled cookie 18. 18 Cookie #5: Layer #1: for our snowman cookie. Here we have a frosted decorated cookie. So what we do is create the cookie just on the exterior and then the decorations for the face. What I did here is I traced the cookie, um, template the proper way. And then I flipped it upside down interest that the other way to get the inverse the mirror reflection. So I'm putting some water on my palette and a little yellow Oakar and just a tad of sepia a little bit more. Maybe Then, with my number one brush, I'll start with the top one. I'm just gonna color all the area on this top cookie that I want to be the cookie aspect of it. And this is just gonna be the exterior circle here. When I have that nice and saturated on the paper, I'll go in with my pigment and I'll go around the edge and then I'll take my pigment again and go around the face here of the snowman. Gonna let that dry and then I'll do the same thing here, and I'll just speed it up and we'll let this layer completely dry. 19. 19 Cookie #5: Layer #2: Navin or cookie layers dry. We can start to work on shadowing the face with some Clearwater. I'm just gonna go over the face part here, right up until this little edge that is the brim of this no man's hat. Do the same thing on the bottom one, and then I'm gonna makes a very pale blue here. If I wanted to paint, um, any aspect of it blue and I didn't want to use blue as my highlight color. I would just choose another cool color either cool, purple or gray. So I have a very light blue, which is cerulean blue with water. And I'm gonna go in there with a sharp point on my number one brush and just go around the edge here just trying to create a little barrier. I'll go underneath the brim as well. I'm gonna go over the mouth and underneath the nose in the eyes. There's any areas there that look a little harsh. I'll go over them with clear water and just let that dry. We'll come back here, re wet the bottom one, and then I'll speed this up and then we'll let this layer dry 20. 20 Cookie #5: Layer #3: Now that our faces dried on these cookies, I'm gonna choose traditional Christmas colors to do the brim of to do the hat, Not the brim, but just this little cap area. So I'll do one and red and one in green. I'll start with just saturating my area with water on both caps, and it's a small area. So I'm using my small brush and then I'm gonna take some of this red, makes a little Crimson lake with that to get a nice deep color. And then I'm gonna very carefully create that shape on the perimeter. I'll go on the brim as well, creating rounded shape, deposit a lot of pigment and look, the highlights fall where they dio and I'll do the same here on the bottom pieces. Well, I'm gonna use a deep green for this and let this layer completely dry. 21. 21 Cookie #5: Layer #4: you know, the caps have dried. I want to go in there and work on my eyes, put a little water on my palette and make some nice, dark black. I want to create a little highlight in the eye. So that means I'll just leave a little speck a clear, dry paper. So I make my shape and then try and match the placement of the little highlight on both eyes. No. Did the same thing here on these low rise while the eyes air drying. I'm gonna make a sharp point with my brush in the black, and I'll just very gently create that smile and we'll let these layers dry. 22. 22 Cookie #5: Adding Details: I want to go in there and wet the area where the carrot news is gonna be on both of them. Little mix. My color will take some of this deep yellow and I'll put that down first and I'll start at the base and go around the perimeter. Then I'll take a little ver 1,000,000 Hugh. And I'll add that to the base and the perimeter. Do the same thing up here. Don't go back. Add more pigment. The base of the carrot nose here, which in this case is made out frosting and let this layer completely dry. Well, now we have most of the cookie done. I want to do a little shading here on the brim. And so I'm gonna take my black, a little bit of water. My sharp point make a very light color. And I'm just gonna trace the outline, very barely touching the page here. And I'll go right over here up against the face, and then I'll go up against the brim of the hat and I'll do the same thing on the upper cookie. It will dry a little lighter than it looks currently. Then I'm gonna take a little bit of this yellow Oakar and a little more of the sepia. And with a sharp point of my brush, I'm gonna outline the cookie and I'll do both of them. I'll start with the top cookie and I'm gonna go in outline the face and a little more water , a little more yellow Oakar, and I'll outline the faces. Well, because made of frosting, there'll be a little shadow. And that's what we're emphasizing here. And I'll do the same thing on the bottom cookie, and I'll speed this one up and we'll let this layer dry. Now they're cookie layer is dry. We can add a just a little shadow. How mix some water with the black, creating a very pale grey and then I'll just add a little shadow. I'll do that to both of the cookies in a very faint shadow to the top half and more of a thicker shadow at the bottom. And there we have our snowman cookies 23. 23 Extra Details on Cookies: to add some additional details to some of her paintings once they're completely dry. I have a white gel pen, and for the first cookie that we did, I just want to add some highlights right over here on these little candy balls that we added. So I'm just gonna add a flicker of white just like that, and that's all I'm going to do on that one. And it just adds a little element, a little pop. I could do the same thing here on the third cookie that we did the penguin. And I'm just gonna create a little trail of highlight right around the bottom and a little bit at the top here, just like that, if I want, I can go in and reemphasize the highlights on the eyes or the nose, but I don't think it's necessary for the last cookie that I want to work on. I just want to take a dark pin. I have highlights in here, and I really like them. But with this dark, I want to go in here and create a dark line right where the chocolate filling meets the cookie. I think that's a very effective way to really emphasize that. So I'll just go in, create that dark line. I could have always done that with paint, but if I let it dry, put my paints away. Going in with a dark permanent marker will get the same effect, so I really like the way those came out. 24. 24 Class Wrap Up: So here we have our completed cookies. We have are completed Point City a spritz, Our twirled peppermint stick cookie, our slice penguin cookie are filled chocolate frosting on a chocolate cookie and are decorated snowman cookies. I hope you'll try your hand at one of these and post a photo of your work in the project section. Be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes and please consider leaving a review. Thanks for watching.