Painting a Starry Night Sky with Watercolors

Jana Bodin, watercolor illustration & lettering

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7 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Watercolor supplies for this class

    • 3. Watercolor practice 1: Wet on wet technique

    • 4. Watercolor practice 2: Simplified Forest Silhouette

    • 5. Main Painting 1: Night Sky background

    • 6. Main Painting 2: Forest Silhouette

    • 7. Painting the stars - finally! :)


About This Class

This class is suitable for the adventurous watercolor beginner.

In this class I will show you how to paint a starry night sky and a forest silhouette with watercolors. My process demonstration will allow you to follow along and create some cute bookmarks at the same time.

Even though the scene we will paint might look complex, I trust it's broken down into easy to follow steps, that a watercolor beginner is able to paint the starry night sky as well as the forest silhouette.

By the end of this class you'll know how to paint a night sky with stars and how to add a simplified forest silhouette. In addition you will have some gifts to give to your friends :)

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Have fun painting!

PS.: A list with suggested supplies for this class is available as download (pdf) in the class project. Or follow the links below. Here is also a link to all my favorite art supplies in general.

Watercolor paper:
small watercolor pad (Strathmore)
9x12 watercolor pad (Canson)

Payne's Gray (Winsor & Newton)
French Ultramarine (Daniel Smith)
Helio Turquoise (Schmincke)
Permanent Green Light (Daniel Smith)
Pure Yellow (Schmincke)

White Ink:
Gelly Roll Ink Pen (Sakura)
Bleed Proof White Ink (Dr. PH. Martin's)
Copic White Ink

Any round watercolor brush should work, as long as it forms a nice pointed tip, when wet. Try to avoid brushes that fray or have loose hair. Usually the medium priced generic watercolor brushes in your local art supply store should work for this class.