Watercolor Christmas Village

jenna rainey

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The quintessential small town Christmas village is what we’re painting today with watercolor! I’m not sure why, but the little winter village is a common scene for puzzles, cards, etc. around this time of year so why not paint a version of it? 🙂

Our little village includes a church with a steeple, a barn, a chairlift (because why not), a log cabin, a pine tree forest, and a red truck pulling a Christmas tree. Yep, I’m throwing in ALL the wintertime village-y things.

There are a lot of details in this but I break it down into simple steps starting from the sketch and composition. I even throw in some fun effects with salt and gouache for snow! It does requires some patience but the outcome is fun and could make a cute card, gift, or seasonal decoration in your home.

And for all you warm-weather readers, I’d love to see your Christmas village! Are you at the beach? Dessert? Tag me on the gram @jennarainey!

Related: 5 Minute Holiday Cards


Watercolor Christmas Village

00:00 – Intro.
00:35 – Getting started with the sketch.
12:19 – Background layer color mix and painting.
15:22 – Adding white gouache (or water drop) and salt snow flakes.
17:39 – Painting the church.
19:28 – Painting the barn.
22:38 – Painting the house.
23:37 – Painting the truck.
27:57 – Painting church, barn, house, ski lift details.
38:12 – Painting Christmas tree in truck bed.
39:15 – Painting more barn details.
41:13 – Painting red ski lift and road.
42:54 – Painting snow by barn and church.
44:30 – Painting trees by church and on horizon.
46:33 – Discussing favorite Christmas movies and songs…
49:03 – Switching it up, snow on cabin’s roof…
49:46 – Christmas at the beach thoughts…
50:38 – Dots of white gouache for more snow
51:07 – Closing thoughts to Christmas town.


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5 Minute Holiday Watercolor Cards
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How to Draw a Snowflake

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