How To Paint Realistic Watercolor Galaxies | Amaya Jade | Skillshare

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How To Paint Realistic Watercolor Galaxies

teacher avatar Amaya Jade, Artist and Video Creator

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Painting Setup

    • 5. Begin Painting

    • 6. Adding Light Streaks

    • 7. Painting Darker Layers

    • 8. Adding Stars

    • 9. Thank You!

    • 10. BONUS: Sketchbook Galaxies

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About This Class

In this class I will teach you how to paint a watercolor galaxy using super easy steps. This process is simple, easy to follow, and produces great results. You will watch me paint a galaxy in real time while I demonstrate my own techniques and give you helpful tips along the way. 

Go ahead and create your class project, paint along with me in class, and post photos of your finished galaxy!


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Amaya Jade

Artist and Video Creator


Hello! My name is Amaya!

I'm a twenty-year-old artist and video creator. Since 2012 I have been uploading videos to my channel on YouTube (scroll to the end of my page) and now I'm also teaching here! You can find my artwork on Etsy and on my website as well!



Check out my newest class: Making Sticker Sheets Using Photoshop & Cricut


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1. Introduction: Hey, everyone, it's a Maya. And in this class, I'm going to be teaching you how to paint a watercolor galaxy. I'll be teaching you with super easy steps, and I'll give you all my tips and techniques because I've been painting watercolor Galaxies for a very long time. The process that I use is super simple, easy to follow and produces great results through others. Class it watchman paint a galaxy in real time while I demonstrate my own at techniques and give you helpful tips along the way. This class is great for beginners, but anyone in any level will benefit from this class. The way that I teach watercolor Galaxies is super simple and easy, so you'll get the hang of this in no time. 2. Class Project: So for the cost project you are going, Teoh, paint your own galaxy using new techniques shown in plus, you can choose whatever colors you want to use for your galaxy. And since this class is filmed in real time, you can easily follow along with me as you paint. Once you've finished watching the class and you've painted your galaxy, upload photos to the class project section. Be sure Teoh, share your work in progress photos and explain your painting process to inspire others as well. And finally, it feel free to ask me any questions that you have. I'm always here now. 3. Supplies: the first thing that you'll need is watercolor paper. My favorite watercolor paper is the cancer and brand. Then you'll need a watercolor paint. The brand that I'm using is Shen Han and the colors that I'm using. Indigo, cobalt blue, ultra marine and white and also some violet, which I forgot to show masking tape brushes. My favorite ones are flat brushes and Ron brushes, and bigger rushes are better for Galaxies. And then, you know it's howl cardboard or any surface to tape your painting down. It could even be your desk. 4. Painting Setup: so now onto setting up war painting. So you're going Teoh, tape down your watercolor paper using the masking tape, so take the edges, leaving a border however thicker thing you want. This is so that the paper doesn't work when you add paint to it because we'll be using lots of water. So after my paper is taped down, I add my paints to a palette and then I'm ready to start painting. 5. Begin Painting: start out by applying a generous layer of water to the entire paper. Make sure always painting onto a what surface you want. Your first layer to be fairly light, so mixed in enough water with the paint. So layer color into the water and let it flow. Build up the color around the edges, leaving some areas and center light so that you have focal points. So I really like to build the paint up on the edges because it adds lots of contrast. I like to use the corner of my flat brush to dab the paint on, and then I used the full side of the flat brush to add lots of paint to one area. Remember to what? Pay attention to the paint that you're putting down. Always blinged out the edges before they have time to completely dry so that everything looks smooth and blood in and out. As you're painting, dry your brush and run it through the damn paint to create lighter areas. And as you move on, Teoh panting more of the paper. Keep adding water to allow the paint to what blend smoothly, so make sure you're always painting onto a damn surface. You remember to keep your first layer fairly light so that you can build up with more paint later on. 6. Adding Light Streaks: a nice detail to add to your Galaxies are light streaks, so just draw your brush and run it through paint that is still slightly damp, and it will create the light streak so you can do these wherever you like. 7. Painting Darker Layers: So as I dark in the galaxy, I like to mix my blues with a darker one. So I believe I'm mixing the ultra Marine and the indigo, and I'm just adding those around the corners and a little bit in some of the other areas of the painting to darken it up and add contrast. So once your first layer is done, let it dry completely before moving on. For the next layer, you'll want to dark in your color, so add less water to paint paint around the edges to add contrast and darkened the galaxy, remembering to always blend out the edges for a smooth look. Usually when I paint my Galaxies, I have 3 to 4 layers. You do want these darker areas, but keep some lighter areas as well. So now that I'm on two of my last layer, I am having a little bit of violet into my galaxy. You can add more colors to your galaxy if you want to, so if you are using blue, you can add in some purples. But if you are painting your first galaxy, you can start out by using one color and then just use a bunch of shades from that one color so that it's easier and you can get some practicing and then you can move on to mixing other colorism experimenting with them. But Galaxies are very easy, so you'll get the hang of it very quickly. And once my final layer is almost done, I am adding some more light streaks and let this completely dry before it, you move on to the last step. 8. Adding Stars: So this is the really fun part. Adding the stars. We're going to mix water into your white paint. Don't add too much because you still want the white to be opaque, but water down enough so that you're able to splatter it. So a big tip for this Do not use a big brush to spotter your stars, because this is what it's going to look like. Bigger brushes hold too much pain, and you'll end up with splotches rather than realistic stars. I recommend using a small, flat brush, which is what I use for all my Galaxies. Just lay the paint onto your finger and used this display otter. Splatter the paint further away from the paper to create stars that are more spread out and then hold your hand closer to the paper to create clusters of stars. So here I'm adding a little bit of water down paint to great some highlights in some of the lighter areas, and then the very last thing is removing the tape, and that's it. 9. Thank You!: Thank you so much for taking this class and following along with me. I hope that it helped you. Don't forget, Teoh. Start your class project and upload photos of war Watercolor Galaxies. If you enjoy this class, please follow me if you haven't already to be notified of my future classes. Thanks so much for watching. 10. BONUS: Sketchbook Galaxies: So this video lesson is a bonus. You can watch me paints a whole bunch of Galaxies in my sketchbook, lots of different colors so you can see how I create the's. You can watch this while you paint your own Galaxies for your class project and follow along with me following the tips and techniques that I shared with you. Okay, way from way.