If you ever wondered How to paint a galaxy with watercolors, then you might want to look at the following pictures 🙂
I had painted a few of such galaxies and posted some of them on instagram. It seemed that they were liked a lot, so here you go, a little insight.
There are, of course, many other ways to paint a galaxy with watercolors, but the following pictures are showing the way I do it. I tried to take as many pictures as I thought might be of interest while I was painting one of those little galaxies.
Have your watercolors,
watercolor paper (I like the Canson Watercolor Pad
for my sketches and paintings),
a medium size brush (I used a #6 here),
a container with clean water and
a rag or paper towel ready.
Sketch a circle with pencil, if you wish or just fill a certain area of your favorite shape – always remember: There are no rules!
Start with a brush loaded with water – add water in ‘blobs’ on your area. Load your brush with watercolor (pick any color, I used Payne’s Grey
from Winsor & Newton here)
It’s spectacular to see the paint spread – I’m excited to watch that every time! Just let it go it’s own way…
Continue to wash your brush and add more ‘blob’ areas (doesn’t have to be super clean, it’s OK if you have leftover pigment for the next brush strokes still in the brush). I do it in a way that these areas do not connect at first.
…add more pigment…
…to all wet areas… I just go around and add where I feel it needs color.
Then come another fun part: Connect the separate areas with a brush stroke (loaded with clear water). Again, very exciting to watch – you never know what the pigments will do 😉
Repeat all that until your surface is covered. Keep on adding more pigment to the still wet areas. Use very dark pigment for sure, as this is supposed to help to make the impression of deep space… but otherwise just experiment and use your favorite colors.
Sometimes it happens that there’s too much paint puddling in some areas. You can try getting if off with a paper towel (but it’s not necessary – the paint will dry eventually ;))
Now you could add salt to achieve special effects. I do this sometimes, but I prefer to add a few clear water drops here and there (best if the paint is still wet). I like the effect that this delivers after everything is dry.
BTW – while I was preparing everything, my younger son came by and asked what I was doing. I showed him and he wanted to have a go.
PS.: here are a few watercolor sets I like. I use a mix of brands, I’m still trying to find my favorites. I like Winsor & Newton and Schmincke Horadam
If you’re just starting out, the Winsor & Newton Sketchers Pocket Box
is nice as well as the Koi Watercolors
If you like more pigment, then go for the professional grade watercolors, though they are a bit pricy.
I guess this should be all in a new post about my favorite art supplies! I let you go now… paint paint paint!