Creating Galaxies | Charlotte Jordan | Skillshare
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7 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Lesson 1: Painting Galaxies

    • 4. Lesson 2: Galaxies as Backgrounds

    • 5. Lesson 3: Incorporating Galaxies in Subjects

    • 6. Activity

    • 7. Final Activity

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This class will show you how you can create different kinds of galaxies as well as incorporating them into other aspects of your art in an interesting and unique way.

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Charlotte Jordan

Artist | Entrepreneur | Teacher



Charlotte Jordan is a Florida based artist from England. She is also a student of veterinary medicine and a animal enthusiast. In her courses, she will teach a range of artistic skills that she has honed over the years as well as ways to market your pieces.

Her work explores the surreal and the beautiful. The animals she paints are often brought to life with her unique style and perception of the natural world. Felines are one of her most favorite creatures to paint, but she loves to experiment and challenge herself, as well as teach and inspire others to use their creativity.

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1. Introduction: Hi. My name is Charlotte Jordan, and I am a Florida based artist. This class is gonna be exploring the use of Galaxies in your work. This is also my third class on scale. Ships would be sure to go and check on my other classes as well. For this particular class will be demonstrating how you can go about painting Galaxies. I'll show you how you can incorporate them as a background. And I'll also show you how you could use Galaxies inside of subjects or objects. E will also create some fun little pieces as well. So thank you so much for choosing this class. I hope you have a much fun is like painting. Really? Just experiment with that. You can feel free to use different mediums. You don't have to use Kahlo stick toe. One choice. Medium only. Just how fun on enjoy the costs 2. Supplies: All right, then. So for this class, it's pretty simple. With our supplies, you're going to need some paint of any kind. Use any kind you really want. I'm gonna be using water color again for free to use whatever you're comfortable with. I will be mixing my watercolors. I often use, you know, praying. That's my go to. And then I also have the doctor Ph Martin's. They also go for just cause They're a bit more stronger pigmented in coloring. Also, if you're gonna be using watercolor than water paper towels using certain types of brushes as well, I have one of them very comfortable with one that I use for my acrylic panes. Which again, or something you'll need and detail brush as well. I would recommend having some white acrylic paint on you. It's just a nice medium to use for creating Galaxies or, more specifically, the stars in Galaxies. For the more detailed version of stars highlights and anything else you want to create, you can use a jelly roll pen or a white Prisma color pencil pen, and you can use a micro you can use a ballpoint pen. Microns have a much more matte finish. They dry faster on ballpoint pens are a bit more shiny, and they dry a little bit slower. So keep that in mind if you're messy, um, or fuel left handed, and he makes much across the painting. Another thing you may want to have on you is just a mosque in tape. I like to use this just to keep a clean edge. Keep the pain from going everywhere across the page, looking little messy, especially when creating Galaxies just cause you could get a little messy and free flowing with the Galaxies. So again, just something I'd recommend having I may use a little bit of salt in this class. A swell. This is just a container. Keep it in and that should be everything you need. Obviously, paper choice is up to you, depending what you're using for your medium. Feel free to use whatever you want paint wise. So now it is time to move on to our first class, and I will see that 3. Lesson 1: Painting Galaxies: So in this first class, we're gonna be sort of creating little strips of different code Galaxies in all of these rectangles here, just to give you an idea of how what colors work best, how they look. Of course, one of the biggest basis for doing Galaxies is using black. You don't have to use black and all of them, and I'll show you one of them. We don't have to use it. I like to use a lot of paints in line just because I think it's very pretty color combination. Pinks and blues tend to go very well together and what you want to do. One of the best ways to go about creating Galaxies is doing the wet on wet technique. So you lay down your first, and then you get the color off. Load up on your brush. I just sort of dab it on, and the water will do a lot of the work for you. And as you can see, over Prang is quite a It's more of a dull down palette is not vibrant, but it's still nicely pigmented. I lost your waiting for each strip to dry could move onto the next one not next door, but the next one over, just so they don't touch it'll. And you can paint freely without having to worry about it beating into one another. So maybe for the next gather galaxy, you can do some green greeting yellow. All kinds of colors could be really incorporated into Galaxies. And this time I'm gonna take the paint and apply it straight to the paper. I'm just gonna go in a random motion here, just rule over the paper. I'm gonna let that dry. And then for this final little box, what's we're waiting for the others to dry out. I'm gonna do a blue galaxy. Except this time I'm not gonna include the black in this one, because that way I can show you You don't always have to use black to create Galaxies. And then you want to add DACA blues As you get those continue working on the first galaxy, adding in more colors, dropped it around, let the water do the work on the most of it. Just mix it roughly a lot together. We're just gonna let alone that dry now and then we can start going in with the black to create the space of galaxy. Okay, so now it's a dry hair. We're gonna continue with adding in the black. Here, you're gonna do this for a lot of the little strips here, except for the final on where we're gonna be using a Dhaka blue instead of black unusual brush to lift the paint out to reveal those colors that's dried underneath. - So know what all little galaxy strips have completely dried. We're gonna just add on stalls and then that should finish up the galaxy in itself. Now there are multiple ways you can apply Galaxies. You can use a white prisma color pencil in what jelly roll pen, Gosh painted and have on me right now and white a quick paint on a few other ways as well. I believe you could also use some white water color. If it's strong enough, just demonstrate that here, just add a little drops. You can also take a bunch on it and just like the brush at the paper, and this will create dozens and dozens of starry effects. Bear in mind. Whitewater color can be a little bit transparent, so it does struggle to show up a little bit. It works better on DACA backgrounds, but that's just give you a little idea of what you could do with it that now the next one I'm going to demonstrate is the white Prisma Coll A pencil. I'm just gonna turn the page vest. My hand is a brush against the paint The and you could just little bits of circles again. This could be very time consuming. Say, you can even add in more brighter, more shiny stars have a stall heads incredibly bright and its glistening in Scott It's on this next one. We can use the jelly roll pan and this gives a shop white image and I'll show you a close up once I'm done with all of the stalls, please. No. And therefore, this next one, I will use some acrylic paints. What are you gonna do for is you're actually going to wet the brush that you're using down again? I have a devoted sort of brush that I use for my acrylic paint. So get some wolf out. Just went down a bet. What you gonna do is your gonna do the similar technique. But before you just gonna come spray on and it will create that effect that those dozens of stars and the sky get on. The harder you flick, the more bigger school splats make. So we could have it was like little metea's his disorder, the close up of each of the strips. Here you can see we didn't use any black in this one. A tool. We kept it very dark blue that given a nice Grady int um, effect. It was a little tricky asean the light. But hopefully I can give you a rough idea. Just the different Galaxies that you comes with create with different colors and different techniques on the stars. They're using many different mediums now. Colors and Galaxies, Really it can. You can use any kind of pallets thes all sort of my favorite colors to go full. The reds, blues, greens and purples. You can include yellow. You can add a bit of orange in there just to give it a kick. Really black visual main source for galaxy. Like I said, you don't have to use it, but it is its main ingredient a lot of the time so you could make it as doctors light as you want to. It is a matter. It's just sort of your preference. How you I want you galaxy to look. You can experiment with the colors here and see how they mix with each other as well. So it's a fun way of sort of discovering new ways to to create effects and blend. See what color's really go together as well. I'll just go ahead label, but also don't be afraid. Added planets as well into your solar system could do big circle small circles. I'm aktham bright on couple like the start of sons, and that should conclude everything for this Closs. We're going to stop exploring how to use Galaxies as a background in the next one, so I will see you that 4. Lesson 2: Galaxies as Backgrounds: So now we're going to be incorporating our Galaxies as a background into certain pieces. So two ways you can do this, you can do this and one of the popular ways to do it, which is a silhouette painting we can add as a background to, you know, one of your subjects. So for this first box, we're gonna be doing silhouette here and really easy. All we do is you paint your sky first, and then you use black paint to painting your silhouette later on. So I'm gonna go ahead and start painting my sky getting colors I want I think I'm gonna use a nice blue and purple from my sky color. And this is what we call the wet on wet technique. You get your page really West's on. Then you apply the paint, and it sort of does some interesting effects for you, where you don't have to find it leaking out just as much. I'll be using doctor Martians for this simply because I just want to demonstrate how pigmented they could be so going to shake them up first because they are water based paint . And I'm so just a few little drops just to really give it some interest. You can see how vibrant color is, what the weapon went angrily does for purple. And then you can add more water to drawl that paint into different places. And now that I've added my two colors it I'm gonna go in with black again and just started dark in all the places I want to be more void, like you want to do this. Wallace is still wet as well as the colors blend a little better. And I'm gonna leave the bottom half pretty much untouched with a black paint. And literally all we need to do now is just wait for this to dry completely. Then we can add on our starves and then the silhouettes seen. And if you want to lift up some pain because you think it's a bit too dark, you could just grab a paper towel and just lightly dab it on to soak up some of the paint. So now that the pain has completely dry, I'm going to go ahead with the white acrylic paint and I'm gonna out on the stalls. And now you're gonna take some jet black paint. We're gonna stop to paint in a little silhouette, and I'm just gonna go for a really simple forest scene. So I stopped by adding in the tree stems. And that is just how to create a very simple silhouette using your galaxy backgrounds just to give it some color and interest on a lot of people love to use this sort of style as well, just doing the silhouettes of the Galaxies and sunsets and things like that. It's also just really fun quick, wayto create some some paintings. The next kind of background you can use with the Galaxies is having an actual subject or object or whatever you choose to paint in the foreground that is actually highlighted and having the galaxy in the background. So for this particular one, I must You're just gonna do a really simple animal When it's do a flamingo on Ben. I will show you how the background couldn't look with the galaxy on the Fleming. Okay, I'm just gonna wait for that flamingo to dry, and then I'm gonna come back to it at in his color and detail a little more, and then we will work on the galaxy. Okay? Now that our little subject has dried go that go in with a detail brush, we're just gonna focus on hiss, texture ring, and adding in those shadows were basically would be doing the subject first. And then the background lost. You could do it. Vice versa. But I prefer to do it this way. That way I don't go in and mess up the subject to later on, because the thing where you have a background that's his Dhaka's a galaxy, then you don't want to grow in any dog paint when doing the subject. Now I'm going to do the galaxy background we're gonna use for a pink in keeping with the Flamingo pinks and blues. So I'm gonna do the wet on wet technique. And I'm also going to use the doctor Martins for this, um, particular pieces. Well, all right. Now that it's dried, I'm just gonna go in with the white acrylic again and spat at some stars. No. All right, then. Now, you could leave your piece here, but I'm actually gonna go backhand on the flamingo with a black prisma color pencil on a dark blue on. This is just to kind of blend him into the background a little more, but you don't want to lose the subject. And there you have it. You couldn't make it his dark or as light as you want says just a way you can use the galaxy as a background with subject that is in the foreground and still not a silhouette. So this should conclude everything for this little lesson here just to demonstrate a couple of different techniques backgrounds on. It's also a bit of fun. So now we can move on to the next cloth. So I'm just gonna show you how to use your Galaxies in pieces that actually have a subject . 5. Lesson 3: Incorporating Galaxies in Subjects: for this next close, we're going to be doing some different things with the Galaxies themselves where you're gonna be sort of putting them inside a subject or kind of integrating them into the piece is a little more so If you would decided to do that's choose a flamingo again, just keep it consistent on animal. We could do a galaxy flamingo, so we'd start up withdrawing it. Here we have the Flamingo. How much you're gonna do this with the detail? Brush just consisted of a small a piece on. I'm gonna choose. Let's do a couple galaxy. So now often minger has dried. I'm gonna just add in a tiny bit of black around him and won't let's drying. You can work with other animals as well, such as a butterfly. And don't be afraid to switch between your outlook as well. While still waiting for something else to dry. It just will speed up the process and you'll get a lot more done that way. Um, and focus actual little flamingo here. And what you're gonna go in with the prisoner color pencil on the jelly roll pan just so you can see how different stalls could look when you use different materials, I'll just give you a little close up, right that linger. So whilst I have been waiting for the base of the butterfly to dry and everything, I also went ahead and created some other objects for you to take a look hat just to demonstrate way you can put your Galaxies inside subjects and different objects as well. I did an I you could do galaxy and I It's always of ads. Just a bit of interest to your P says may see if I can bring it up. A little bit of the I did like a raindrop. I did bubbles. I did a snow globe and also sort of tried to do or demonstrate in this tiny little painting , a sort of a magical effect you could create with that's streaming off of your subject. LFC. Inside your subject Butterflies, flamingos put it inside your subjects in a clever way on. This is just really a quick demonstration on how you can incorporate them inside different subjects that should pretty much include everything for this class. I also will say that when creating a certain Galaxies, don't if you can see it. But I just added, in a tiny little ring inside the snow globe and also one of the bubbles justice will show you that it could be a planetary system. It's also just another cute thing. I like to add into my Galaxies as well. So I'm gonna move on to the next class on. I guess I will see that. 6. Activity: So for this clause, unless you're gonna ask you to create your own galaxy, this is just a bit of fun on just a relaxing painting session. Really? You can use any color you want to. Of course, I should lie my paper with some masking tape. I just find this easier to use toe keep a straight line, and that way you can be a kind of messy as you want with it. How is she gonna create a green and yellow, uh, galaxy using the doctor? Martins? A good shake. I'm also gonna go ahead on wet down the paper. This is just a really quick and fun little challenge I want you to do. Coulson mixing other greens just give a bit of interest, all right? And we're gonna let that dry completely. And then we can go in at in another layer of green and black, mixed together to start darken up and add in the space again in about the first layer that has drive is just gonna go back. Can with really what layer of black? Just to add in the space. I'm just trying to aim for the edges. Mostly hair is the darkest point on this picture. But you certainly drools the I in woods and another really interesting texture that you can include in your galaxy pieces is if you put a little bit of Sultan, they're just Sprinkle over a wet surface. I'm gonna put aimed to put it more in the middle. Adds really interesting effect. So I'm gonna let that layer dry them on. Once a has dried, we can then go in with our critic white paint or whatever of a method you for to use out in the stars. And then this little challenge piece should be pretty much done. So now that is a dry and you can see the effect that the soldiers had on it, as well as created this almost interesting marbled effect. Um, I'm gonna go ahead and start mixing my pain with my acrylic paint with some water, just toe wet it down, and then we can go ahead and out in the stars for this. You may want to scrape off some of the salt before you do this as well. All right, now I'm gonna go ahead and let that dry on. Once that's done, we can just add in a little detail stars with our white gel pan or whatever medium you prefer to use 7. Final Activity: All right, then. So for this final little challenge, I want you to create a galaxy piece that can either be a silhouette could be a galaxy within a subject or object. We can do it as a background to another are piece that you are doing. Um, I just kind of you to get creative with that. I'm just gonna do really weird sort of peace. I've done these bubbles that are all interconnected with each other and inside the bubbles are going to be, uh, the Galaxies. So I'm gonna go ahead and start painting it, and you can do what I'm doing as well. You can create the same piece you like, or you couldn't do your own thing. All right, then. And that should conclude everything for this little final piece here. Just a fun, experimental piece with sort of some melting bubbles that are all into connecting with each other again. Feel free to do whatever you'd like to do for your final piece, Justus. Long as it includes a galaxy in some way, some creative way. So again, thank you so much for sticking through the class here. Just haven't been fun painting on just released of experimenting. Um, do be sure to go check out my other classes. I do a beginner's water class. A swell as a steampunk guide, if you like.