Fearless Friday, Home Sweet Home

When I saw this photo, my pen and paint brush started itching…

Doesn’t it look like a storybook cottage,

such a cozy and welcoming home?

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I started by drawing the complicated roof line

Then I sketched in the other parts of the house

Then I inked over the pencil

You can download a free printable here if you want to paint along

After you get the printable,

trace it onto a piece of watercolor paper

or mixed media paper for best results

if you are going to use wet media

I used watercolor for this house and garden

so I could keep the garden elements abstract,

suggesting the various plantings with shapes and color

I began the foliage using light green and yellow tones,

then added more colors and darker tones

I painted the door and trim with a pale blue

Roof tiles were indicated with shades of Payne’s Gray

Yellow orchre for the walls, and brownish red for the brick chimney

A little more greenery…

A stone path with brown washes and ink and it’s done

“Home Sweet Home” 9″ x 12″ watercolor and ink on mixed media paper

Happy Painting

Be Fearless!

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37 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Home Sweet Home”
  1. Rita C. says:

    I love this, Jenna! The lines of the cottage remind me of ours. I can’t wait for all my summer annuals. 😊 Happy Friday!

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    Lovely rendering of this photo. Did you ever do house portraits?

  3. Once again, your talent is amazing.

  4. Jenna, I am smitten by the storybook cottage! Love it! I have the same question as Bernadette, do you do house portraits?

    Happy Friday!

  5. Both your painting and the cottage look so beautiful, Jenna.

  6. Rosie M. says:

    Absolutely love this!!!

  7. I Love it. The cottage is darling and your painting is beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend, Jenna.

  8. Exquisite. You are so talented and love how you take us step by step! You make it look so easy, but I wouldn’t have a clue

  9. lghiggins says:

    This cottage is perfect for a watercolor. I want to go there now! Thanks for visually transporting me.

  10. Catching up with you. I’ve been out sick for a while. This is the perfect pick-me-up! So happy and beautiful. Wish I could live there!

  11. That place is so charming! I love how you do the foliage and put it in first! I’d love to vacation here!

  12. Love this! What a sweet cottage!

  13. Mary says:

    Love to see your creations come to life Jenna! Such a pretty cottage and you’re so sweet to offer free printables to color and paint along with. ♥

  14. Oh, Jenna. You always have a fresh take on a subject….LOVE this. I have vintage print and needlepoint cottages all over my extra bedroom. So love the lines of these homes and the gardens. Such a great idea, hugs, Sandi

  15. Jill Kuhn says:

    Looks like a cozy cottage! Your are turned out awesome! 😍

  16. Kitty says:

    Oh Jenna, I’m crazy about this little cottage! I would like to try this. It is just darling.

  17. LydiaF1963 says:

    How lovely Jenna! You’ve captured the charm of the home in the photo. I really appreciate the tutorial. The way painters approach a project is interesting to me, not being one myself. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty!

  18. Pattie says:

    I love this house and garden! So charming! I also enjoy your tutorials. I like seeing the step-by-step process, but somehow, when I try to follow it, mine doesn’t look nearly as nice as yours.

    • Thank you Pattie, sometimes if you put a painting out of sight for a few days, and then look at it with fresh eyes, you might find it’s better than you thought it was!

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