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Mini Polaroid Paintings - Learn to paint skies, street lights, silhoettes using Gouache paints

teacher avatar Anjana G, Artist | Architect

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials and getting started

    • 3. Polaroid painting 1 - part 1

    • 4. Polaroid painting 1 - part 2

    • 5. Polaroid painting 2 - part 1

    • 6. Polaroid painting 2 - part 2

    • 7. Polaroid painting 3 - part 1

    • 8. Polaroid painting 3 - part 2

    • 9. Polaroid painting 4 - part 1

    • 10. Polaroid painting 4 - part 2

    • 11. See you soon

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About This Class

If you know me, you know how much I love clicking pictures of Street lights everywhere I go!

This class is mainly focused on adding Street lights and other components to your paintings and how you can make it look realistic. After watching this class, you'll be able to make your own compositions. All you need to do is paint a sky, add silhouettes of your choice, add one or more street lights and that's it!


You will also be able to paint without any references after watching this class. My previous class was also focused on a street light themed painting, but it was really detailed and was suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. This class is very beginner friendly and you can finish each painting in around 10 to 15 minutes.

I've used some of my favourite colour combinations for the sky. Sunset hues, pastel shades, blues and purples.

Get your art supplies and come join me! We've got some adorable mini polaroids to paint! :) 

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Anjana G

Artist | Architect


Hello everyone!

I am Anjana, an Architect and an Artist based out of Bangalore, India. I love experimenting with different mediums. I have currently been working with Gouache, Acrylics and watercolours.

I've always been inclined towards Art ever since I was a child. My mom would take me to drawing classes everyday after school and I'm so thankful for that because it really helped build a strong foundation that was very much needed for my art.



What was just a hobby during school turned into my biggest passion during college and I started painting everyday. Haven't looked back ever since.It wasn't until recently that I started painting my own clicks. I love capturing my surroundings in the paintings I create. Nature, my ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome back. I'm angina and I'm here with a new class for you. And we'll be creating not one but four beautiful paintings today that all Mini Polaroid street light paintings. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know how much I'm clicking pictures of street lights everywhere I call. This is mainly focused on adding street lights and other competence to your paintings and how you can make it look realistic. After watching this class, you will be able to make your own compositions. All you need to do is paint the sky at silhouettes of your choice. Add one or more street lights and that's it. You will also be able to paint without any differences after watching this class. My previous class was also focused on a street light themed painting, but it was really detailed and was suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. This class is very big enough, friendly, and you can finish each painting in around ten to 15 minutes of use. Few of my favorite color combinations for the sky, sunset Who was based on sheets, blues and purples guys. Most of the basic techniques that I'll be using in this class are all covered in my first class, basics of gouache painting. It's a very little explanation about the media and also how you can use it in the best way possible. Make sure to refer to that class before you watch this, I will be using the similar techniques and some new ones in this class. I'll be explaining it in detail as we paint. Super excited for you to watch this class. So let's get started. 2. Materials and getting started: Let's have a look at the materials required to make these paintings that almost the same as I use in all my classes. I'm using Bruce joe do 50 GSM sheets, that is success papers and they have a smooth surface which walks with gouache medium. I'll be using those jaw flag brushes and detail of brushes. We need a masking tape to tape the paper and give them a Polaroid frame. Will be using Brewster and anima Ballard White Nights gouache paints. We'll be using two jars of water, one to wash off your brushes and want to dampen the brushes. Ceramic palette to mix your paint and a piece of cloth. Since you're painting these in a Polaroid format, we need, they have the edges on three sides and David slightly to the center at the bottom. Now that we have a frame ready, let's get started with our first Mini Polaroid painting. 3. Polaroid painting 1 - part 1: Okay. So let's get started. I'm just going to keep my father to us so you can see the fans I mix. The first painting that we'll be making is this beautiful bluish purple sky with this little street light casting its glow on the surrounding bushes. We'll also be adding clouds and learn to create depth and make it look realistic. Let's have a look at the colors we'll be using for this painting. Ultramarine blue. Mao, or any other thoughts that you have. Cobalt blue. Lots of white will be waking day different colors using these. The first one is a mid tone, the intermediate color that we'll be using at the center. For the darker shared on the upper half will be adding more blue and purple. This is the Docker shared that goes on top. The consistency of the paint is always very important, not Dalton are not very taken dry. It should form a smooth mixture that is easy to work with. Funds he had this beautiful shade. We can start from the top, apply a good amount of it and walk your way down. I'll wash my brush off and they put in the lighter color that we mixed. Starting at the centroid and walking my way up slowly so that it blends well with the color we applied earlier. Make sure you do this step while the first color is still coming back with a clean brush and now mixing the lighter shade that we'll be using for the bottom part of the sky. I'm starting it from the bottom and working my way up and blending it with the intermediate color. Leave any way be adding trees and bushes, silhouettes at the bottom part, but it's always better to paint a base layer and then layered or the confidence on it. You can walk on the blending as long as you're satisfied with the result, It's totally okay if you don't get it, guys the first try, you can practice blending in your sketch books. It's very calming to just blend two or three colors without having to worry about the final product or the end resided. So I suggest you aedicula sketchbooks and just fill out the sheets with your brushstrokes. It comes your mind and you'll also gain confidence by walking on your final pieces. Let's add some clouds. Now. I'm using a slightly darker tone. I'm just dabbing my flat brush on the base layer and painting the clouds. Now I take some lighter purple. This is a combination of Mao and the white. And I'll add it to the upper portions of the clouds. Since the bottom part of a cloud is dense, it's darker in color. Now I'm coming back within intermediate shed and I am just going to blend bodies sheds by dabbing some paint in between them. So the edges are soft and we do not want any harsh edges in the clouds. 4. Polaroid painting 1 - part 2: Let's add the silhouettes now using black. Covering the bottom portion with black. And we'll work our way up and detail are the trees. Little trees and bushes. Silhouettes don't mean define shapes who are like a perfect circle or semicircle. It has to be as random as it can get. Don't stick to a particular shape or symmetry. We are just painting the dense spot tau by applying blobs of fear. And once that's done, we can detail it out and add tiny leaves using a detail of dash. So now I'm coming back with the detail brush. I'm going to be adding very tiny leaves on the upper part and the sides of the trees and bushes. Just start dots that are spaced very closely. Don't leave a lot of blank spaces in between them. We don't want the leaves to look like they're floating in the air. Make it very random nor defined shape fits knee joint and it has to look very natural. Okay, once that's done, let's now add the light ball. You can also use a detail or pen for this. The first scholar will be adding hood is odd inch. I'll be mixing yellow and the orange I need hood is a little lighter and it doesn't come in this set. So I'm mixing the tool. I'm going to start by applying the orange paint for the street light. You're spreading the order and Jeran the light is because we need to achieve the glowing effect. That's what would make this painting no detailed and realistic. Using a darker orange or rounded. Now using yellow paint for the center portion of the light, blended solely with the orange paint. That way we can achieve a beautiful glowing effect. Now, I'm using white paint at the centers. And look at how beautifully it's glowing. Let's now add some light to the bushes. The light from this ticket bulb, gas, this beautiful colored on the bushes around it. And that's exactly what we're trying to achieve here. Honestly, this particular step takes the painting to a whole other level. I'm using the orange that we mixed earlier for this street light, just adding tiny leaves on the upper part of the bushes. One thing to keep in mind while painting this is the source of light. The light coming from HIO is falling in this direction on the bushes over here. This part will have light falling only on the sides and not the whole bush. Since this is strong here, we're using orange on this and diode part of the bush, making sure where the light falls is very important to get a realistic effect. Here. You can clear this up their little bush to add more depth. I'm digging a **** brush now and blending the orange very gently with the black bushes. It should look like it's fading away with light. We all love adding stars and moon in our paintings. So let's do that and make this piece more magic. You can also use a while Jelly Roll pen for this. But I would suggest you practice it with a detailer brush itself. With that, we are done with our first Polaroid painting. Tie him to feel the tape off. 5. Polaroid painting 2 - part 1: So for the next painting will be making a to sky. I'm using these purpose that we have on the palette from our first painting and will also be a mixing a beautiful color using crimson, orange, and white. I'll be mixing white to these puppets sheds on the ballot. Now that we have both these gorgeous sheds will be painting a sky using these. Let's start from the bottom, but based in pink. Now, I'm going to dip my brush in the pastel purple without washing my brush off. We start from the top and work our way down. Do this while the paint is still wet. I'm adding another layer of fresh pasted from the top and I'm going to blend it. Now. I dip my brush in some black paint and add very little of it to the pastel purple color and white. This will give us a beautiful popular should be there. Same way how we added clouds in the previous painting. Dab some paint on the base layer for the clouds. I'm now adding some depth to the clouds by adding a darker color to the bottom portions of the clouds by adding very little black for the parent be mixed earlier. Then len board the sheds but the **** brush, you don't need any harsh edges. So I'm just softening the clouds. As you go down. Just make very light lines for the clouds. Again, I'm coming back with a **** brush to soften the edges. Now using right is please get off the update to it. And I didn't some highlights to the clouds. 6. Polaroid painting 2 - part 2: Let's add the silhouettes now using black thing. I'm adding the light folios in black, make it slightly thicker this time. I'm adding the other silhouettes like bushes and the virus. If you observe, I'm not adding dots this time, you can do that, but I wanted to add in another technique with this class. Let me give you a closer look at it. I'm adding random lines that are going in different directions, but there are no blind areas except at the top. And it gets dance as you come down. I'm just going to Yvonne little brochure to balance the composition. When you're painting the upper part, just do this. When you come down and you want to fill up slightly larger spaces, you can address to your entire brush on the surface to fill it up. On top you are just painting the delicate leaves. And at the bottom you can fill up the areas with your whole brush testing on it. Aladdin, the virus silhouettes. Now, you can also use a pen for this. I need the tailored or micron pen would work with it. We'll be using this Odean sure that being mixed earlier, same as the previous painting. We'll start with their doctor would order hinge and welcome to the sender using yellow and then white. Of course, we'll be adding the moon and the stars in this bending as well. I be using this same auditors that we mixed to make the lighter needs. Just adding highlights on the leaves. Again, see him technique as a previous painting. I'm also adding highlights on this point on mine sites. Let's fill the tape off and we are done with our second Polaroid painting. 7. Polaroid painting 3 - part 1: Let's start our third Polaroid painting. Now, I've taped my paper and I have a ceramic palette. I'll just quickly run you through the paints that we'll be using for the sky. For the upper part will be using a mixture of black and Prussian blue. At the bottom we'll be using yellow from Bruce joe made the yellow and flesh tint, both from Bruce straw. We'll be using that at the bottom and a little hint of orange. We'll be needing black for the silhouettes and brown to add in a few clouds. And white for this street lights. You through the process and explain it in detail as we paint. Some flesh tint paint. And I'll add it in the center. Violet still erect. I'll read the opinions are made yellow and start from the bottom. Walk 58 up and blended gently with flesh tint. Lot to be adding a lizard right yard because I wanted to share to be a little lighter. Okay, So since we'll be using Prussian blue on top, it's important to cover it a little bit of the top portion with flesh tint so we can overlap the colors and blend them together. I will allow grab some Prussian blue and black and mix them together. I'm using very little black yard. This is a beautiful deep blue. I always prefer this scholar over just blue. Adding it from the top and I'll work my way down. I'm going to overlap it on the flesh tint color, but make sure you don't cover it completely. I am now going back to flesh tint and I am going to apply that and blended with blue. You can work on it until you achieve a nice, smooth blend, beautiful gradient for this guy. Now, dip my brush in very little orange paint and mix it with yellow. Adding this color at the bottom to give some depth. 8. Polaroid painting 3 - part 2: Now that we're done with this guy, I'm going to get started with the silhouettes. I'm taking some black paint using a flat brush. And just like how we did for our first Polaroid painting, I'm going to cover this area here. Make sure you don't cover up the orange area in the sky completely, but let it overlap a little. This line that we're painting, it need not be straight or perfect. I'm going to add some bushes and trees silhouettes on top. I'm coming back with a detailer brush size three from Khrushchev started, I think in the tiny leaves. These silhouettes at a level far so I'm making the leaves smaller this time. The main intention of this class is to practice painting street lights and to achieve the glue and how you can make your paintings look realistic by following a few very simple steps. Diam do Aadhaar street lights. Now, we'll be making multiple light falls in these. One thing to keep in mind while painting this is the perspective. The poles in the front are longer and take God and as we bend the ones at the back, we reduce the land and the thickness of the balls. Now use a pen for this step, using a soft liner size tool. And it gets bigger as we get closer. Let's now add light to our street boils using this beautiful orange color. And I'm making the glow effect. I'm going to mix white with little yellow for the next step. And I'm adding it in the center. Then I'm adding some white just dots of paint will balk. Time to add some tiny stars. I feel like it's a little plane at the bottom. So I'll be adding some clouds using audience and burnt umber. Now coming back with a clean damp brush to soften the clouds so we don't have any harsh edges. Using a flat brush for this. You can add lighter clouds as it goes up. Let's build the tape now. Favorite part of the entire process is this, feeling the tape off and finally be able to see the finished painting. That completes our third Polaroid painting. 9. Polaroid painting 4 - part 1: Let us now begin our fourth and final painting. I'm referring to an image I clicked a few days ago. We'll be simplifying this and painting it. For this guy. I'll be using civilian blue and Prussian blue with white. I am going to take some Prussian blue here, some cerulean x2, and lots of white. We'll be mixing several, Ian and bye, I'm very little portion blue. I am going to mix it well, the lie achieve the desired color and consistency. Let's start with the base layer. Now. We are making an evening blue sky and I'm using a flat brush for this. Just applying an even coat of paint. It's just one color. And make sure there are no brush lines scene. I'm just going to run my brush over the entire surface doors more than it out so it doesn't look patchy after their gyrase. Let's start painting the trees. Now, I'm using this valid here. I have a separate palette just for all the different shades of green. Since I work on a lot of future paintings, I thought I may as well keep one just for doors. This is yellow, green from Bruce draw that we'll be using for the lighter portions and highlights of the tree. Sap green as the next shared after the yellows, olive green for the darker parts of the tree. We have black here that we'll be using as a base layer for the tree silhouettes. These other shares will be needing for the tree. Let's find the base layer for the tree now and block this area. Just using a flat brush and dabbing some paint on your covering 1 fourth of the sky. We can always add more leaves on top using the lighter colors. This step is to just have a defined area to paint on. And adding black gives that depth. We need to live more colors on this. Once that's done, we are going to take our neck shared, which is olive green. I'm adding very little black to this. I'm going to start from the top. Adding dots and lines that are pleased ready closely. One thing that shouldn't be done here is adding dots, but a lot of blank spaces between them. It will look like the leaves are floating in the air and it won't give us a natural effect that we're trying to achieve. Make sure to connect them together. Especially on the upper part, it's important to do this. But at the bottom you can add dots with spacing, since we already have a base layer of black. Now repeat the same steps on the other side as well. Making an ADL little band charts so it doesn't look like and also gives it a more detailed effect. Let's now add in the highlights. That is, those parts of the tree where the light from the street light is falling. This is such a beautiful color. Yellow light from juice Joe, I love using it to add in the highlights. I prefer this scholar over lemon yellow or just light green. If you don't have this, you can mix yellow and red, a little light green or olive green, and that will do the job. I'm adding this color on the top most parts of the trees and making dots and lines that are closely spaced at the door. And as I move down making dots, you are in there. So it looks like it's fading away with the darker green and black. And if you'll feel like you've added too much yellow, then you can always go back to sap green, olive green, and cover it up and blend it. 10. Polaroid painting 4 - part 2: Let's add the street boy now. So this funnel slightly more detailed than the ones we had in our previous Polaroid paintings. I am taking this as my doctrines point. So the perspective is that we're looking at a street die from the bottom. You're standing next to it and looking up. It's gonna go like this. So the bottom part will be ticket. And as it goes up, the thickness that I knew was, is. You can also use a scale to draw this. This is VAB will be adding the light out a few values that will be painting behind this. For the fall, we'll be using a mixture of black, ready little portion blue and some white. By mixing these scholars will be achieving a beautiful bluish. Agree? Let's paint this sheet boil now. Now to add some shadows and highlights to the poll, I am going to make some black and make this Greer little darker. I'm doing this on one side because we'll be needing the rest of the band omega lighter color. This bowl has a nice metallic effect and we are trying to achieve that. You can also use a black marker and add this. I'm adding a little white and making a lighter color to add the highlights on the forum. Now coming back with a clean brush and I'll just blend it with the other sheets. We do not want to mix all the colors. What we're trying to do here is just soften it out. Allow come back with some white and add it at the site. This is the light falling from the street light onto the fourth. I'm using yellow and white to add the light for the street light. So I've painted this central area and a little bit around did to create the glue. I'll now come back with a clean brush and blend it with the background to achieve a nice glowing effect. I'm also using the same yellow for the poll here and adding it on the highlight that we made earlier to enhance it a little more edge. Once that's done, I'll leave some orange red mixed earlier and add an outline to show that light. And a little bit in the center as well. I am adding white and yellow at the center now, this time with a little more white so it's brighter. Let's add the wires. Now, I am using a point to soft liner for this. You can also add in a few more details here, dark and a few areas and make some defined lines. Let's build the tape off. And we are done with our last Polaroid fainting. 11. See you soon: Thank you so much for making it till I absolutely loved painting these many Polaroids, but street lights and other continents. I love how they're so simple to paint and how they look so beautiful. But all those little details, you can make your own color combinations of your choice. Don't be afraid to explore different gradients and colors. Look out of your windows, look at those beautiful sunset. Use and paint them on your papers. Add in some silhouettes and street lights and you have a new washing of your own Polaroid painting. I'm really looking forward to seeing your creations. After watching this class, you can either paint one for Polaroids and don't forget to share it in the project section and leave it or view below if you'd like the class. Do shared it with me and tag me on Instagram as well. Thank you again for joining me and I'll see you soon. It