How To Paint The Galaxy With Watercolors

Posted by Kim Dellow
Want to paint the galaxy? Try this fun technique with Dr. Ph Martin's watercolor paints.

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Hi, it’s Kim Dellow here and I am putting on my spacesuit and reaching for the universe! I’ve been going a bit astronomical at the moment! Did you see my moon art journal page using acrylic paints and Yupo paper? Well here is another art journal page inspired by the night sky, this time using ordinary paper and Dr. Ph. Martin's watercolors. I chose the Dr. Ph. Martin's watercolors as they come ready-made in handy drop bottles, making it easy to add the color to the surface I am using to ‘print’ the scene. They also have a lovely intensity of color so you do not need much to give a strong color to the galaxy!

Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine, Cobalt Violet, Titanium White from Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Fine Art 12-Color Watercolor Set - Set 1, .5 oz.
  • Mister Huey's 1oz Misting Spray - Shine (Clear Gloss)
  • Sharpie Water-Based Extra-Fine Paint Marker - White
  • Strathmore Visual Journal Mixed Media Vellum 9"X12"-34 Sheets
  • Water spray bottle
  • Acetate sheet

Let's Make A Galaxy!

Spray the acetate sheet with water; don’t add too much water to flood the sheet but enough to ease the flow of the paints. Add a couple of small drops from each of the colors.

Don’t spray the acetate after you have added color as it can splatter the paint out and make it harder to keep the borders clean.

Tear a piece of paper from the art journal and press it into the color on the acetate sheet. Rub the back of the sheet with your hand and then lift off the paper.

If the acetate is not too runny with paint and water, then press the remaining paint on the acetate over the color on the paper. If it is too runny then keep the acetate where it is and press the paper into the paint again. This will help give a bit of texture to the galaxy.

Let the paper dry then repeat Step 1 but this time use only one drop of Phthalo Blue and two or three small drops of Cobalt Violet. After pressing the paper on the acetate, lift off and decide if you need to press on more color as shown in Step 3. Let the layer dry completely.

Repeat the steps if you want to add more color; if not, spritz the galaxy with the Mister Huey's misting spray and while the droplets are still wet add dots of the Sharpie pen. Then let the scene dry and add more dots of the pen.

Try varying the pressure you use on adding the dots with the pen to give small and large dots. You can cluster the dots together and also have them sparsely spaced too to give a realistic galaxy look to the page.

Have fun building galaxies and don’t be afraid to try different colors from the set.

Kim Dellow