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Watercolor Gingerbread Cookies: Man, Woman, and Child

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

Watercolor Gingerbread Cookies: Man, Woman, and Child

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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17 Lessons (57m)
    • 1. Watercolor Gingerbread Cookies Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Using the Template

    • 4. Basic Gingerbread Man: Step 1

    • 5. Basic Gingerbread Man: Step #2

    • 6. Gingerbread Woman: Step # 1

    • 7. Gingerbread Woman: Step #2

    • 8. Gingerbread Woman: Step # 3

    • 9. Gingerbread Woman: Step #4

    • 10. Gingerbread Woman: Step #5

    • 11. Gingerbread Boy: Step# 1

    • 12. Gingerbread Boy: Step #2

    • 13. Gingerbread Boy: Step #3

    • 14. Gingerbread Boy: Step #4

    • 15. Gingerbread Boy: Step #5

    • 16. Bonus Class Gingerbread Man Journal Image

    • 17. Class Wrap Up

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About This Class

Watercolor Gingerbread Cookies is a fun and festive class geared towards beginner watercolorists. We will paint three watercolor gingerbread cookies:

  • Basic Gingerbread Man
  • Gingerbread Woman
  • Gingerbread Boy

Each image starts with a template which is available for you to download. Included are four additional templates, for you to create additional gingerbread cookies, (Cute Girl Gingerbread, Santa Gingerbread, Moneybags Gingerbread, and Child Gingerbread ) that are full of character. Also included in class is a Sketchbook Page with some ideas for personalizing your paintings with various features (eyes, mouths, hats, and scarves).

In class, we will work on techniques such as moving and lifting pigments, and creating shadows and highlights using the wet-on-wet technique.

Also included is a Bonus Class that features an image of a frosted gingerbread cookie that is suitable for a journal page.

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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. Watercolor Gingerbread Cookies Class Intro: Hello. I'm Daniella Melon and author and artist here on skill share. Thanks for joining me for today's class Watercolor gingerbread cookies. We'll start by sketching her image with pencil onto watercolor paper. I've included an easily downloadable template with basic gingerbread silhouettes for you to embellish with frosting and candy details. I've included some bonus templates for gingerbread characters, both men and women. To add a bit of personality to your paintings, select an image that appeals to you and then feel free to modify it further by changing the eyes, mouth or hat to spark your creativity. I've included a page for my sketchbook. To give you some ideas, start adding water color pigments in layers, building up to your watercolor cookie. For your class project, create your own watercolor, gingerbread man, woman, boy or girl. Using the technique shown, take a photo of your artwork and posted in the project section. Please follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes and please consider leaving a review. Thanks for watching 2. Class Supplies: our class. Supplies for the watercolor gingerbread man include the template, which you can find in the project section. Just download that and printed onto a piece of paper, and in the next chapter we'll go over using the template. I have a reference sheet here. It's just a page for my sketchbook, with some ideas on how you can personalize the gingerbread man and make it your own completely optional. I have my water color pigments on a pallet. I'll need a jug of water some five by seven watercolor paper. This is £140. I have my paintbrushes and a white gel pen, a pencil and an eraser. To make the template, you can use an assortment of brushes or just the ones that I use, which are a number four and number one in a 5/0. And you could find all these supplies on a sheet that you can download in the project section. 3. Using the Template: she is the template. You simply print it out and downloaded, and that could be found in the project section. Then you can use it as a reference and just freehand your sketch. You can cut it out with a pair of scissors, and then you'll have your boy and girl. Template your blank ones, or you can use a light source, and here I have a light pad, but you can use a window with the sun and daylight coming in behind it. You just set your It's the same procedure. You just set your template on the glass, have your light behind it, and then you take your paper and you'll find out exactly where you want in your paper, and then you just lightly trace around it, so you have your image trying not to scratch the paper so it doesn't dent the paper and go with a very light hand. If I was to draw it here, the way I do it when I'm painting, it would be a very light touch. You barely be able to see it on camera, and this allows for it to be erased very easily. When you're working, you can also take a cookie cutter That's the right shape that you want and trace around that to get your shape. If you don't want to go through downloading the template, However, some of the images that I have won't fit on your particular cookie cutter. Most likely, um, so that but that is another option. You have to get your image down on paper. 4. Basic Gingerbread Man: Step 1: to make our basic gingerbread man or gingerbread woman. I started with my template. I outlined it onto my piece of five by seven watercolor paper. I'm going to start with the gingerbread man were to do a simple one for the first rendition . So it's first thing I do is I mix my color, put some water on my palette and then I want to get that nice gingerbread color and because I'm doing this watercolor, I wanted to be really a faint Hugh of the gingerbread color. So I'm taking some burnt sienna, a little sepia and a little yellow Oakar and I do the yellow ochre just to warm it up. Um, and give it a little, uh, kind of a buttery color, but fine. Play around with a color that you like. You can add some orange. You can add a little blue. Just do you get the color that you like for your gingerbread man, and this is gonna be a very subtle painting. So we take water on my brush, and this is my number four brush, and I'm gonna wet the entire gingerbread man inside the perimeter, leaving the main center like a center line down here. Um, dry paper. This will give me the ability to control the pigment a little bit better. And it also creates the natural highlight in the center of my piece. Because this is watercolor. I want this to look whimsical, little abstract and painterly. So the I will fill in the areas that don't have pigment. And it'll kind of look very artsy and intriguing to the eye and yet still reminiscent of a gingerbread man. So if you go and you do color in the center, that's okay. We can lift some of that color with just a paper towel. Um, if you take your water and just bring it right to the edge of the line, may be leaving a teeny little millimeter or so of dry paper. You'll have more control. So then I'll pick up my color. I'm gonna really pick up a lot of pigment on my brush. I'm gonna start on this side and I'm gonna drop in the color along the perimeter. And if I noticed that my paper is particularly thirsty and drives the pigment right away, I will brings off my brush, go back and add water to my paper right now. It's the water still moving around slightly. It's not uncontrollable, so I'm good with it. I think it's a good, um, consistency. So I'm gonna continue doing about half of this gingerbread man, and I'll start on the left side only because I'm right handed. But you can start anywhere that's comfortable for you that continue going around the perimeter, leaving the center un colored for now. And as I go back in to add more pigment, I'll just add lots of pigment to areas that I see have either dried or the water has moved the pigment so that it's no longer there. I want to right now, work on creating that beautiful shape of the gingerbread man, and that's our first step in making it recognizable when you create your template and you trace it down. If you want to make any modifications, that's the time to do it. You want to make the head enlarged or you want to add elements to your piece, like maybe he's holding a gingerbread, a mini gingerbread man or a candy cane. That's your time to do it. So now that I have it all outlined I'll go back in. Repeat that step of just dropping and more pigment on the edges to get that nice dark shadow effect on the edges. And then, while I have pigment on my brush after I make sure I've had the shape down the way I wanted , I'll dip my brush and get a lighter version of whatever's on the brush. And I'll just go around the perimeter one more time. In concentric shapes, lightning the edges so that the darkest point is at the furthest point of the perimeter. And as it gets to the center of my gingerbread man, it's at its lightest. If I don't dip in more pigment, I just continue to add water. It'll incrementally lighten what's left on my brush for pigment, and then I have this very light image with me. No, it's gonna drive light lighter, and I like that effect. If I wanted to go in here a dry my brush, pick up more pigment and just drop it around the edge, points that I feel have lightened a little too much if I added too much water because water color is really trial and error. But if I added too much water, and I felt that I got too much pigment in the center of it all looked one color. I just take my paper towel and just damn very lightly dabbed. Not fully, Dad, but just lately dab allowing the water to absorb into the towel and then I'd remove it. So I'm gonna let this layer completely dry, and we'll see what kind of effects we get. 5. Basic Gingerbread Man: Step #2: Now that our first layer has dried, I can go in there and erase any pencil marks that remain. And then I'll take a close look at my work and see what we want to do with the next layer. Since this is a simple gingerbread man, what I want to do is create just a sharp outline. So with my smallest brush and this is the 5/1 brush, I'm gonna add more pigment, basically the same colors. We added a little sepia, a little burnt sienna and yellow Oakar, and I'm just gonna create that outline. So I'm just gonna with a very light hand, I'll move my painting around because it's a small painting. Just gonna sharpen that outline. So I'll go around the perimeter. A male just helped to make that outline nice and crisp, with a very light touch, barely touching the brush to the paper and small strokes. Not only does this help sharpen the edge, but it also adds a little more pigment to the edge, which makes a little bit of a shadow or a darker color, and it gives a nice contrast between color inside the body and the color on the outline. Once I have that all done on, go back in in the areas that I want to add a little more pigment, I'll do that and then you switch to my number one brush. Now, I'm just gonna add my little details instead of using white, which I can use a gel pen. If I wanted to put white on top of the already colored gingerbread man here, I'm gonna go and I'm gonna add a little bit of red and I want to make some buttons down the side of his outfit. So I'm gonna use Crimson Lake because it's a nice deep red and some red you can also use This is the carmine Red. You can also use a little touch of green and they're a swell. And what I'm gonna do is create just circles down the inside and you could trace this with pencil first and then fill them in. I'm just gonna try and make a somewhat circle and leave a little highlight trying to make three. I like odd numbers away the three or five, and I'm just gonna try and make sure that it looks like a circle and again because I'm using a very faint color. I don't have to worry about this drying brilliantly. I'll go back to my top one, since it seems to be a little smaller, just enlarge its little strokes. Then over here, Oh, mix with some white. I'll mix a little of this black and a little pressure in blue just to give that a different color. So now it's like a dusty gray. Got a rinse my brush and I'll start here on this left foot. Gonna make a squiggly line just in water. Nice thick line with a squiggle and they'll go in and drop my pigment. Let it move along, make sure all the edges are rounded. Then I'll go in and just drop in a little more pigment on the ends. And I'll do the same thing here and on the hands as well. If I don't like the way that came out, if it's too thick on one side, I could just go in with my paper towel and pick up the color and then start that procedure again. Flip it over. Do the arms here. I'm going in just with the wet brush on the dry paper. I'm not doing the first layer, um, with Clearwater, because a smaller area and I want a little more control over it. If I want to give that washed effect, I'll take some clear water on my brush and just drop it in the center after the fact. So I make my squiggly line and then I'll just thicken it a little and then for the face. I want to make that color just a little bit deeper. So I had a little more black and a little more blue. Still wanted to be gray, so I had a little brush it full of water, and I'm going to start with my eyes here. I'm gonna start with some circles here, and I think I'll do a wide set, I And once again the challenge is to make them same size. Then I'll go in there with some water and just drop it in that area and it'll dry light. Go in there with my brush and just make that smile. I can see I have a little drop of water here. Just want to pick that up. Now I'll turn my paper upside down, work on getting that smile, rounded edges and then we go back in with my pigment and add a little more color to my swirls Gonna come back in with a little more black on my brush Just dropping in on one side of the eye over here. Oh, this Straighten out this mouth around the edge And there we have our gingerbread man. 6. Gingerbread Woman: Step # 1: So here we have our gingerbread woman that I traced. I drew a little fur coat and I put some stripes in their a nice bow on the front and then they gave her a pair of your mops. I'll include a template with this image as well. In that way you can download that and trace that if you'd like to use. This is for your image. First thing I'm gonna do is mix our color for our background. And once again, I'm gonna go to the burnt sienna and sepia, and I'm gonna put a lot more burnt Sienna on this one because I want the really read effect of the gingerbread and then I'm gonna rinse my brush so it's fairly clear and I'll start just with the legs. So I went the center of my legs, leaving a good portion of dry paper between perimeter of the legs and the center. I'll go in there with a brush because I left that dry. I have a lot of area I can control with my brush by painting wet on the dry. It will stay exactly where the water is gonna make that rounded edge from the fur coat, and I'll continue with this leg and I'll go back each time going a little wider. I have a nice shape of the foot I'm happy with. I'll dip my brush and water and gradually work my way into the center. Rinse my brush so it's clean water and just make it lightest in the center, and I'll do the same thing with the other side of the foot. We'll start with the perimeter, create the shape, create the shape of the for and then pull it out from the center from the perimeter of the foot. Where's my brush and light in the center? Go a little more just on the edge here, dropping in some pigment, then do the same thing with hands. Could have wept the area where there's hands and there's not a lot of cookie on this particular painting showing. Do the perimeter and work my way in with a clean brush in the center. Just drag that pigment around. Lastly, I'll move to the face with a clean brush. I'm gonna wet my face again. I'm gonna work on leaving the center of the face the lightest. So move that water around take a paper towel If my water went over the bow here and I'm gonna makes a little more color burnt Sienna a little sepia again, I'll go right to the edge and I'll create my shape around the ear muffs and around the neck of the shirt of the dress. Here again, I'll go back to the areas. I put the pigment down, just pull the pigment out, and now that it's on the wet area, it will run and there shouldn't be any harsh lines, so I'll have a little moment of small window to go back in. I'm gonna try and make the outline of this bow here. It's a pretty shape, and I want to keep that. And I also want the darkest color to be near that final. Rinse my brush and just do swirls here, pulling that color in. Take a little more water on my brush, drop some water down pigment the next layer, concentric lee and one more time I'll do that as well. While I have my brush here, my and still some pigment, I'll go around. Just drop a little color on the perimeter here on all the spots I already did. If the line is too harsh to stab a little water on my brush and blended out. But I want to remember the areas that I want darkest are gonna be with the natural shadow would be so the edge of the cookie and over by the dress again. My goal is just to make no harsh lines over here. I see the pigments starting to flow, and I like that look. So I'm just gonna take a brush and help it. How long? And there we have our base layer of her gingerbread woman cookie. 7. Gingerbread Woman: Step #2: So now that our first layer has dried, I'm gonna go in here and start painting the outfit and the face. So I'm gonna start with the outfit first, and I'm gonna mix my colors. I'm gonna do traditional reds and greens so I'll just make a little puddle of water that'll mix my Crimson Lake with a little bit of red just to get a really vibrant red. Then I'll take some deep green and I'll mix it with some of this brighter green, rinse my brush and then I'm going to start with stripes on the dress and I'm gonna make a red stripe. This big one in the centres actually want to swap that the big one in the center is gonna be red, and then the stripes on the edge will be green. So I'm just saturating that those stripes on the paper and then I'm gonna switch to my smaller brush. I'm gonna start with the green right on the edge here on the left hand side and I'm gonna make my outline, and we'll just let that color bleed into the center of this stripe, really create the shape of the dress and the little furry trim as well. After I put my color down, I'll get my brushing water. Get that color moving around so there's no harsh edges. We'll rinse my brush so it's damp and just pull that color in the center, pushing the pigment to the edges and then with my deep pigment. Maybe I'll just go to the edge here to keep the really dark pigment at bay with a damp brush. I'll just push that pigment around, and I'll go to the other side here and do the same procedure with the green. Dampen. My brush, gets a more pigment and drop it in and I'll switch to that center stripe, wash my brush, dry it off and then pick up lots of red pigment and make my perimeter underneath the bough . And just on that large stripe again, I'll rinse off my brush, get it damp. Move that pigment around, depositing it right on the perimeter, and I'll let this layer completely dry. 8. Gingerbread Woman: Step # 3: So now the dress is dry, I'm gonna work on the face and I'm just gonna take my black and mix it just with some water here so it flows nicely. But I want a nice, rich black and I'll do the eyes in the mouth because this is a girl. I'm gonna make the eyes with a little bit of eyelashes. She'll just make my circles of eyes. They're fairly close together. I'll drop in my pigment, try and match the shape and the size. I'm just gonna pull some eyelashes to the same thing with mouth. Now I like to add a little bit of blush. I think it's kind of a fun effect, so I just take some water and make a very pale pink. This is just brilliant pink, and I'll just make a little circle here. It's almost a beige color, So what I'll do is after I set it down and make my round circles for the cheeks. Take a little bit of this red, mix it into my color and just drop it in a little bit. And that gives me a nice pay little cheek kind of acute effect, and I'll let this layer dry 9. Gingerbread Woman: Step #4: So now the faces dry Just want to work on the earmuffs And that bow the earmuffs I'm gonna do in the cute green here that we have And I'm gonna do the bow in a dark, dark red So I'm gonna take my number one brush And I'm just gonna paint inside the er Mops leaving a nice dry spot around the edge would flip this over and pick up that green And then I'm just gonna paint those earmuffs in making the perimeter look nice and irregular as if they're very furry earmuffs. We'll do it on the other side as well, picking up lots of pigment to drop in for here. I'm gonna extend this irregular edge and marital go right here. Rinse my brush somewhat and then just make that color bleed. So here we have our top of our earmuffs, and then I want to work on this bow. So I'm gonna take my Crimson Lake and I'm gonna mix it with some green. This is deep green. It gives me a really dark red. I'll rinse out my brush and I'm going to start with the edges here. The little ears of the ribbon no paint water over there that will pick up my color with a sharp brush. Gonna go closest to that center, part of the bow on either side and just drop in the pigment with a very sharp point. I'll come and make the outline of this little bow ear. Same thing over here that I'm going around the top of this bow and this is the part of the bow that we want the lightest color clean off my brush and then go in here and just move that pigment around and we take that same pigment create that long tail of the bow in the darkest part Will be right up here up against the top. Gonna do the bottom tale But I'm gonna leave a little dry space in between the top tail on the bottom tail Still gonna put my shadow male dip my brush and water and continue it downward Gonna put my brush here on my palette and pick up very pale color Gonna keep a little bit of dryness on my paper over here in this part of the bow and I'm just gonna put in some some of this light, light tone then I'll go back and drop in some of this deep pigment closest to this section , and then down here is well and we'll let lease layers completely dry. 10. Gingerbread Woman: Step #5: to finish off our gingerbread girl. I want to make a little dimension here in the for that goes on the arms and the bottom of the skirt. So with my large brush and just gonna go in there and wet that area and I'm not gonna worry about getting too close to the edge, believe that nice and dry. But I want to get that area saturated for our next step that I'm over here. I'm gonna put some water on my palette and a little cerulean blue. It will dry, lighter, and then we make it. But I still want to make it fairly light. So just add a little water to that. And then I'm going to switch to my smallest brush and I'll pick up some of this pale blue pigment. And I'm just gonna create the outline in the blue and with a outline, the entire section that I'm working on to make it look like for and because I want to make it look like white for But it Take that and just blend it out again. No horse at harsh edges. And I'll continue that with the skirt as well as the for on the cuff. So I outline and then I blend the line out again. It's gonna be darkest at the perimeter. Then I want to make a little dimension on the white stripe. I don't want it to be the same color as the paper. So have a little white on my palette. Take a little gray. Two small brush bulls. Really? And I'm just gonna start at the bottom, create a line and then with a clean, wet brush, I was gonna move that line, blend it out a little bit And then any areas that have shadow gonna leave a little shadow, for example, the ribbon and underneath the bough we and then I'll go in with a clean brush once again and blend that out since it dried here on the left hand side I'm gonna just go in with a little bit of water, connect that shadow line, go underneath all of the bow, and with that black, I'm gonna go in here on this side of the bow, make that really stand out. Blend that somewhat. Don't go back in with that color. Blend that out because little dimension to our bow and then for the top here. Gonna switch to my number one brush for the top of our, um, earmuffs. Gonna come in here and I'm just gonna put a clear line of water them to take some of that light blue. Just put it on both sides and then draw the outline. And here we have our gingerbread woman. 11. Gingerbread Boy: Step# 1: for our gingerbread boy. We have him in a little pair of overalls. So I just sketched him with some overalls and I added some embellishments of some buttons and some cuffs on the legs. Good to start the same procedure. I'll makes my color first, and I'll start with the base color, the skin of the gingerbread or the cookie. So I'm gonna use a lot of burnt sienna in some sepia, and then I'm just gonna add a little yellow Oakar and I like the warm fed provides rinse my brush, and I'm gonna paint right over the entire face, the chest, the arms and the legs. And I'm just painting the center of each of these sections and says, I'm gonna paint the legs last. I'll give them a little bit more water than I normally would. So the paper stays saturated for longer. I'll flip my piece over and I'll start with the face here. I'm just trying to create this shape at first, so make the line. Have a nice round head over here. Now follow it right down here to the overalls and the chest, dropping more pigment. Then I'll take some water on my brush and just move this pigment around that I already put down again. I'll drop in more water on my brush. Get a light tone right up in the face. It'll start working on the arms and then with the clear brush Clearwater, I'll just move that pigment around, dropping a little more in the base here. I'm almost done with the first layer. You just have to work on the feet. It's the same procedure, and I really like the effect X gives with the darkness at the perimeter. It reminds me of a cookie that's baked on a cookie sheet, and it adds interest. It works with the properties of the water color, the blending in the flowing and the movement in the water. - Here we go. We'll let this layer completely dry. 12. Gingerbread Boy: Step #2: Now that our cookie layer has dried, we can start working on the clothing. Gonna work on the overalls and I'm gonna make them red just for the holiday. So I'm going to start by coloring the entire area here with water and all doing the suspenders as well as the little shorts and I'm gonna have the first layer is just gonna be a very pale red, so mixed that color Just gonna take red a teeny bit of crimson lake just to move that color in a little splash of water. Then with my brush just gonna create the outline. I want this to be a super light color and then when this dries, I'll add my shadows. You could do the same technique by just adding pigment to the perimeter. I'm gonna just I just want this to be a little more vibrant, so I'm gonna kind of add a little pigment to the entire area, Look very flat at first, almost pinkish at our color. Get no harsh lines and then, with a wet brush, will come in here, move the pigment around a little more, emphasizing the lighter color in the center of our cookie. once again with a clear brush of water, pushing that pigment over to the sides in the same thing here on the suspenders, and then we'll let this layer dry. 13. Gingerbread Boy: Step #3: Now that our clothing layer the first layer has dried I want to go in and add the deeper color. I want the cuffs toe look lighter. So I'm gonna go in there and work on the area here on the little shorts. So just with a wet brush, I'm gonna dab around the little all the different areas around the cuffs around the base of the suspenders Get the the shorts a little bit damp so that my pigment will run. Then with my number one brush, I'm gonna go in here with some Crimson Lake and add quite a bit of that toe our existing red pigment that we used on the shorts. And then I'm gonna take it on my brush. We'll turn it to the side here and work on the outline, creating the shadow underneath the overalls and where the cuff is on the top. The waistline because we went the entire shorts, the color will bleed. Good work on the perimeter as well. And then down here, right where it meets the cuff. A swell. Continue on the perimeter and they'll wet my brush and just blend this color out some more . So there's no harsh lines continue to add water to my brush. So it fades. It gets to the center. But now we've added a nice shadow to the shorts here that go back in and more pigment on my perimeter. Get a nice, deep, vibrant color over there. Make a nice point of my brush, get it dry, clean up any mistakes and any areas where there's a line that I wanted to bleed a little, introduced some water and let that work its way around. I'll take a sharp point on my brush with some pigment, and I'm gonna outline the overalls here. Just the edges, really. And I'll do the same over here because it's a Christmas appearance. I think I'm gonna turn those into stripes. So again, with my brush, allow outline all the cuffs, and I could kind of turn those into strikes as well. I'll just first outlined, then let them dry, and then we'll work on making them look like candy cane strikes. Take a sharp point and create the little buttons over here and, well, this layer completely dry 14. Gingerbread Boy: Step #4: never make our stripes. This is completely optional, but I want to turn the suspenders and the cuffs into candy canes were something that resembles candy canes. Gonna take my smallest brush and re wet that color. I'll turn this to the side and I'll start on one. And I'm just gonna create, um, since stripes, so we'll make one thick stripe with my brush. Just go in and put some lighter color in the center of it. And I'll continue this with thick stripes all the way down. Come in with some water on my brush toe, lighten it a little. Give that soft water color hue, and I'll do it on the other side as well. - And I'm gonna let that dry for these stripes. And then we're going with my Jell Pento had the white stripe and then on the legs. I'm gonna go in here. I'm gonna just make thinner stripes. And the thieves were just gonna be straight up and down and I'm gonna keep in mind leaving space so that I can put the white striped in between there as well. And then I'm gonna do the same thing here on this waistband. You did not go all the way down and touch the bottom band, but just mostly, and then I let that layer dry. 15. Gingerbread Boy: Step #5: So now they want to come in, work on the face and add the white stripes to our suspenders and cuffs here. So with my number one brush, I'm gonna go. I'm just gonna come in and makes a dark gray, make a sharp point with my brush, and then I'll make these eyes. These I made wide set you convey Ari that as you'd like and again, but try and match these eyes. Then I'll come in here and do the mouth mental. Add a little bit of blush for the cheeks, completely clean my brush. Make sure it's clean. Then I'll go in and make little round cheeks. Clearwater. I'll take a little bit of this red we used for the shorts. Water it down, even drop it in our little spots that we made greens my brush. Whether it's damp, go in and pick up some of this pigment. So it's just minor. And then, with my gel pen, I'll add the stripes. So I think I'll add two stripes on these thick ones, just echoing the ark that we did and then over here around the button, I'm just gonna go behind the button and I'll put our dots inside the button, flip it over and do the same. Then on the shorts, I'm gonna come around and add my white stripe, and this is a subtle effect, but it's kind of cute reminiscent of candy cane. And then over here, I'm gonna add the stripes, and it's less important that they're even. And just more important, to see the little pop of color. When the eyes dry, I'm gonna add a little highlight as well in the eye. And there we have our gingerbread boy. 16. Bonus Class Gingerbread Man Journal Image: for a bonus class. I wanted to give you a fun gingerbread man that you could make its very traditional. And I just took a permanent marker, waterproof archival ink. And I traced over my sketch with pencil. And then I erased any extra pencil marks. So from here, I'm gonna paint it, and it's kind of a fun image. It's perfect for journals. I'm gonna go in here. I'm just gonna wet the area that I want to put the gingerbread cookie color, which is mainly this area, and then we'll be right on the perimeter. But I'm not gonna bother toe wet that such a fine area just gonna go in and what the main areas. And then I'll mix my color again. I'll do the same thing. Burt Sienna sepia and a little yellow Oakar. Nice pigment going on for a little more burnt sienna to get all those spices that stain the dough And then with my brush and just gonna go in and I'm gonna purposely leave some white showing. So I'm not going to try and cover everything with pigment. I think that gives a fun notebook effect A journal image. I'm going to see where the water brings. The wet paper naturally brings the pigment as well. I like that look. And while I'm speeding this along, I'm using all the same color. And I'm just adding it to fill in the majority of the area, but leaving some white spots. I'm not worried about the lines being harsh on those white spots. If they make any lines like that, I'm gonna switch to my smaller brush here, my number one brush pick up the pigment, starting a spot. And once again, I'm gonna add the color to the perimeter of the cookie because frosting is that white line we're trying to look like frosting. And again, I'm not gonna color all the area. It does give a watercolor painterly effect to see some paper coming through and all of this layer completely dry. So continuing on with our cookie, the layers completely dry. And now I'm gonna go and work on the face and the little buttons just gonna make a simple cookie here, so it's gonna be black eyes and, um, black mouth and then some red buttons or any color I want. I'll go in there when I do the eye, but do it just like I did the rest of the cookie. I'm not gonna try and get the area completely covered with black. Same thing with the mouth going there and add a little more pigment. And now I'll go in here with some red I'll just takes, um, Carmine Red, A little Crimson lake. So it gets a nice deep color, and once again, I'm gonna be in perfect with my coloring. And then lastly, I'd like to put a little shadow, so I'm gonna switch back to my number four brush, and I'm gonna have my shadow falling to this side of the paper. So I'm just gonna echo the shape here of the cookie and on this side as well, A little bit. Then I'm gonna come in here, get a very light gray, take a little bit of the body color. So it's kind of a warm gray at this point, and I'm gonna drop that in again, echoing the shape of our cookie. Then I'll go back picking up that color and just making a shadow. I like to do a little teeny shadow on the opposite side from where the shadows falling I think it just helped ground the image not very thick, just about a brush distance. And then with that light color, I'm gonna take it. And I'm just gonna go around just the perimeter. The exterior perimeter of our frosting. Think it gives it a little dimension, and it makes it look less perfect Will be just a little shadow all the way around. If you want, you can go in with your gel pen and add highlights once it's dry. But I really like the way that looks. It's a totally different effects. Some people don't like the sloppiness of it. They like the nice soft effect that watercolor gives. But I think it's a very effective alternative method of painting from the one we did in class. 17. Class Wrap Up: So here are the three gingerbread men and woman that we did in class today. We started out with the basic gingerbread man, painted a background color and then added some embellishments for the woman. We went a little more detailed and did earmuffs, a puffy coat and a pretty bow. We had eyelashes and some cheeks. They would get a gingerbread boy where we just put on a little outfit of overalls. You confined the templates to these in the project section where you download them. There are additional pages besides the plane to gingerbread silhouettes. I also did additional gingerbread men using the same templates that I will provide for you . And so here are four more gingerbread men and women. What we do is we had one with the Santa, so I just took the gingerbread cookie because that's what I'm trying to maintain is the image of the cookie. And then I added just some elements to make it recognizable a Santa. Here I made a gingerbread girl complete with frosting hair, so it's kind of fun to intermix elements of cookie, the gingerbread cookie as well as some costumes. You want to maintain the cookie effect, so that gives you a very interesting base to work with. Here I did a gingerbread man or girl, boy or girl with a little hat scarf and some matching little bands here, still showing the integrity of the gingerbread cookie. And we went back to the traditional nature with the buttons down the front. And here we have one with a hat and for bowtie. Instead of using a standard bowtie, we used a little holly and Berries kind of a fun, festive effect. I hope you'll try your hand at one of these gingerbread men, women, boys or girls. 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