Every village needs a set of quaint little shops…
And this village has the sweetest trio of pastel coloured shops to complement your shabbilicious décor.
They are NOT meant to be perfect; their charm lays in the free hand approach to painting… so throw away the rulers and set squares!!
This project is meant to be fun.
Although I have given you the measurements I chose to use, please feel free to adapt and personalize for your use.
The colours are only a suggestion and really any brand of paint can be used for this project.
The Village Shops tutorial – part 1
Please read all instructions before beginning.
[This project is suitable for the intermediate decorative painter, but could easily be adapted for the beginner]
Dressed pine – 44 mm x 44 mm x 90 cm length – (see note), Tools to cut timber – (see note), Fine sandpaper, Tracing paper, Grey and white graphite (or Saral) paper, Stylus, 0.1 black Zig pen, Paper towel, Embellishments: I used a vintage hinge, black plastic coated wire and scrapbooking accessories.
Note: I purchased my piece of timber from Bunnings Warehouse (in Australia) and used a drop circular saw to cut the length of timber into shops of varying lengths. I used the tools I had available, but this timber can easily be cut with a hand saw and miter box.
2oz DecoArt Americana acrylic paint:
Light Mocha, Warm White, Mink Tan, Sable Brown, Burnt Umber, Soft Black, Soft Sage, Lt Avocado, Pink Chiffon, French Mauve, Mauve, Deep Periwinkle, Wisteria.
DecoArt Matt Spray Varnish.
½” & ¼” flat brush, No 0, 2 & 4 round brush, Small stencil brush, ¼” angle shader brush.
Cut the timber to length. I gave each shop a 45 degree roof line. My shop heights are: 18 cm, 14 cm & 9 cm. There is no set reason for this. I cut quite a few wooden houses of varying heights and choose these three for this project.
Trace the design from the pattern graphic onto tracing paper. (Right click graphic to save to your own computer).
Side Load/wash: Dampen shader brush with clean water. Dip point of brush into paint and blend on the palette. The paint should not travel completely across the brush. The paint should appear darkest at the loaded corner and gradually fade to clear water.
This technique is used for all shading and highlighting in this project.
Quilt Shop – largest shop
Ensure all edges of timber have been sanded smooth.
Basecoat: all sides and base of block using Warm White; roof using Light Mocha.
Transfer the pattern lightly using the pattern tracing, graphite paper and stylus. Only sketch in the basic shapes – all detail will be added freehand.
© Kerryanne English 2011 – This is an original design by Kerryanne English for Shabby Art Boutique.com
Shade around the edges of the house walls and the roof using Sable Brown.
Block in as follows: windows, sign and 3 stripes on awning using Light Mocha; window boxes and flower pots using Mink Tan; front door using Soft Black.
Shade down the left side of windows, the lefts side of plant pots and around the edges of the sign and awning using Burnt Umber. Add a shadow under windows and awning using a side-load of Burnt Umber.
On your palette, add water to a dot of Burnt Umber to make an ink-like consistency. Use this mix and the No 0 round brush to outline the windows, window boxes, sign and awning.
Add random brick lines around the house using a watery mix of Light Mocha and the No 0 round brush.
Details: Paint the stem of standard roses (front of shop), the trunk of large tree and the poles for the birdhouses using Mink Tan.
Dip the small stencil brush into Light Avocado, and then re-dip into Soft Sage. Pounce once on palette to mix and then lightly stipple the foliage on the standard roses (front of shop) and the 3 window boxes. A soft and subtle mottled effect is required.
When dry, paint base of roses as a circle of French Mauve. The petals of the roses are added using watery Pink Chiffon. The roses are tiny, so detail is not required. Random dots of French Mauve are added between roses using the stylus.
Block in the large tree on rear of shop using Light Avocado. Run a highlight of Soft Sage down the right side of tree. Dip the small end of the stylus in Warm White and dot flowers randomly on tree. Dot the centre of each flower with French Mauve.
On your palette, add a small amount of water to a dot each of Soft Sage and Light Avocado. Using your No 0 round brush, add wispy strokes of both greens as foliage at the base of tree and birdhouses.
The birdhouses are blocked in with Light Avocado, French Mauve and Mauve.
The quilt is blocked in with watery Pink Chiffon and Light Avocado. The heart in the centre is French Mauve.
The front door has random dots of Pink Chiffon, added with a tooth pick. The door handle is a dot of Mink Tan and the heart is painted using French Mauve.
The black pen is used to add detail as follows: lettering on sign, outline for plant pots, birdhouses and quilt.
If you’d like a distressed look, sand edges of shop using sandpaper before varnishing with several coats of spray varnish.
I attached a rusty old hinge to the roof of my shop for some added interest.
I hope you’ve enjoyed Part 1 of the Village Shop project.
Part 2 – The Antique Shop and pink house are available HERE.
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