Ever wondered how to paint an ice cream that looks good enough to eat? Try it with watercolour! It takes some practice but gives beautiful results.

Techniques will be wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry.

What you’ll need:

  • Watercolour Paper

  • Painters tape or masking tape to hold down your paper

  • Selection of paint brushes

  • Sketching pencil

  • Watercolour Pallet (with paints)

  • 2 glasses clean water

  • Piece of paper towel 

STEP 1: SKETCH OUT YOUR DESIGN

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Take your watercolour paper and your HB Derwent Sketch pencil and sketch out a design for an ice - cream. Sketch lightly, you don’t want to be able to see the pencil sketch once you have added your water colour.

If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Just rub it out and try again!

STEP 2: WET DOWN YOUR BACKGROUND

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Take the biggest brush you have and load it up with clean water.

Brush the water evenly over the background of your ice cream, being careful not to get any water on your drawing. Go right to the edges of your picture with the water. The page should be really glossy.

STEP 3: PAINT YOUR BACKGROUND

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Choose a colour you don’t want to use for your ice cream. Wet your big brush with clean water and swirl it over the colour you want for a few seconds until you see the colour filling up the brush. Start adding paint to the wet paper. Pull the paint around, topping up by going back to the colour pallet when you’re getting low. 

STEP 4: PAINT THE CONE

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Choose a natural colour to paint your ice cream cone. Take a smaller brush and dip it in your clean water and swirl on the natural colour until you can see a little paint on the brush. Making sure the brush is very wet, colour in the cone filling up all of the space in the one colour.

This is the ‘wet on dry’ technique which you can use when you want a nice solid colour on your paper.

STEP 5: PAINT THE ICE CREAM

On each scoop, start painting with the darkest version of the colour you are using on the lower right hand side of the scoop and gradually get lighter as you work your way to the reflection point - a small spot in the top that you will keep white as though a light is bouncing of it. This will help give your scoops a 3D quality.

On each scoop, start painting with the darkest version of the colour you are using on the lower right hand side of the scoop and gradually get lighter as you work your way to the reflection point - a small spot in the top that you will keep white as though a light is bouncing of it. This will help give your scoops a 3D quality.

STEP 6: ADD IN YOUR DETAIL

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Look over your painting - can you add some darker colours around the edges of your scoops? Your cone need a little work?

Build up colour by adding more colour to your brush and painting a second (or third!) layer onto your artwork. Watercolour loves layering.

When you are finished, peel off your tape and enjoy your masterpiece!

NICE WORK!

Click below for a printable version of this tutorial. Feel free to print in black and white and use your own colours.