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Simple Watercolor Night Sky Landscape Painting

teacher avatar Kolbie Blume, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (57m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. 1. Prepping the scene

    • 4. 2. First wash of water

    • 5. 3. Painting the sky

    • 6. 4. Drying the first layer

    • 7. 5. Painting the stars

    • 8. 6. Painting the trees

    • 9. 7. (Optional) Add lettering

    • 10. 8. Finishing touches

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Do you love the wonder that comes from looking up at a sky full of stars? Do you want to capture that wonder on paper and preserve it for years to come? Learn my step-by-step process for creating beautiful, simple night-sky paintings in this course! 

Each video is set in the order of my process, and the course is designed for you to follow along with your own piece (your final project) as you watch the videos. Also included is my list and explanation of preferred materials. This is the exact process for my signature night-sky paintings on my Instagram account and in my Etsy shop. 

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Kolbie Blume




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I'm a full-time artist, writer, and online educator -- but up until a few years ago, I was working a 9-5 desk job and thought my artistic ability maxed out at poorly-drawn stick figures. 

In my early 20s, I stumbled on mesmerizing Instagram videos with luminous watercolor paintings and flourishing calligraphy pieces, and my mindset slowly shifted from "I wish" to "Why not?"

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1. Introduction : Hi. My name is Colby, and I loved paint and to let her and to use calligraphy to create beautiful artwork that speaks to my soul. You are probably here right now because you are interested in learning how to create beautiful night sky paintings. Like this guy or she's lovely is right here. Um, whether you've seen these paintings on your just searching through skill share and he came across this class or you follow me on instagram at this writing desk and saw some of my videos or postings off these paintings, I'm here to teach you all of my secrets. I I never imagined that I would be an artist. I only started lettering maybe two years ago, and one year ago I started painting, and it just has kind of become an obsession and part of who I am. So that's why the reason I'm telling you this is because you don't have to have any experience to start these paintings. If you want to learn starting at zero, you totally can. And the more you practice in, the more time you put in, the better you're going to get. So in this class, I'm taking you through my process step by step for painting these gorgeous night skies And the best way for you to learn how to do it is to paint them along with me. So the videos are hopefully ordered in a way that makes sense and, uh, is makes it easy for you, Teoh. Join me as we paint a beautiful night sky. Hopefully, you will end up with something that looks a little bit like this and, uh, something that you can be proud of to keep for yourself or to give away or, you know, to keep on the shop and Tiki practicing. So at the end of the class, I would love if you posted your work on the project gallery so that everyone can see it. And I would also love Teoh, See your work on Instagram if you talk me this writing desk. All right, I will give you some love and I may even repost some of my favorites. So without further ado, let's get started 2. Materials: okay, Like I talked about in my introductory video, this class is all about making night sky forest scenes like these ones right here. You should have already seen them. But just in case, I'm gonna show you how I make these beautiful paintings and I will say that these paintings have been the ones that have increased my engagement on instagram and have gotten so many people excited. And I am excited. I love making these kind of paintings. I think they're beautiful, and they are not so hard to get so beautiful. So this video is all about talking about the different supplies that we need really quickly . And then at the end, I'm gonna have a picture that lists all the supplies that we talked about here. So, first paper, the two different kinds of paper that I use for these specific paintings bear in mind there not. I don't always use these paper for every kind of project that I do. And I talk a lot about that in my blending class for calligraphy. But the two kinds I lose the most are arches is my favorite. This is professional grade watercolor paper, which means that it is made from 100% cotton. It is 100 and £40. I believe that's like 300 grams. And it is the best, in my opinion, at absorbing the water and maintaining, um, the quality of your paint on your layers. So I use arches. Um, that is my favorite. Arches is expensive so that there's really no getting around it. It is more expensive than regular paper, and I buy 100 and £40 instead of £300 paper because it £140 is less expensive. So, um, if you just don't know that you can spring for arches right now, which I totally understand the best comparison I've found two arches professional grade, uh, in terms of student grade papers. Strathmore. Now I believe Strathmore also creates professional grade paper, but that is also probably priced at a professional grade price. But Strathmore ah student grade paper has a similar texture. Toe arches, though arches is more texture because again it is made of 100% cotton on Strathmore is likely made of some kind of cotton wood pulp combination, I'm not sure, but Strathmore is the closest of all the student grade papers that I've tried, and I haven't tried them all. But I have tried a few. So these are the two choices for paper that I would go with. Um, so next I'm gonna talk about paint. I would either go with tubed paint or pan paint. Um, pan watercolor. I would not use liquid watercolor on these pieces, mostly because to get to get the different kind on what To get the contrast ing colors. You can do this with just one color if you're using the right kind of paint, and it's really hard to get this like, really deep, muted, kind of color with liquid watercolor. In my opinion, that's just my opinion. So, um, your choice. But for landscape water coloring, I much prefer to use uh, pigmented professional grain watercolor. That's either tube or that's in a pan. That's what all these choices are so really quick. I'm just gonna go over Prima watercolor confections are really affordable. They come in different palates. I have organized mine to be by color, so these air from lots of different palates, but they're really affordable, and they're artists grade, and I probably cost for cost conscious people. These were the ones that I would recommend. Um, I would do say that while there affordable in my end their my favorite in terms of like cost equality. My very favorite pains to use for these are Windsor and Newton, and I most often reached for indigo. It's kind of blurry. Let's see if we can focus that a little I most often reach for in to Go and Payne's gray this way. Payne's gray for these, for these pieces, you can use lots of like It doesn't really matter what colors you choose. I have, you know, these nights guy paintings that are green or this is kind of more purple. But if you really want to get the sky, how it's supposed to look into go or Payne's gray is the way that I would go. Um, I also really love. This is my Greenleaf on blueberry calligraphy set, and I have a couple other colors in here. These air handmade paints by Greenleaf and Blueberry and they're awesome. They're a little pricey, not over expensive because they're totally worth it. Um, but these air also higher end so and then another. I have lots of other handmade I. I love working with, uh, contacting makers, but I'm just gonna go back on tube watercolor for a second. Usually, when I do tubed watercolor, I squeeze it onto a pallet or an empty pan. I have some empty pans to I squeeze it onto a pallet, and then I wait for to dry all the way, and then I use it like it's pan watercolor. Now. Not all watercolors recommend doing this because pan watercolor that's initially in the pan . It is, I'm There's a different chemical makeup that makes it specific for pan watercolor, and it makes it more. You can more easily activate it more often. So it's recommended that if you're going to use liquid watercolor, you use a little bit at a time in a pallet. But that's not always, Uh, that's not always available for me. I don't have you know, I don't paint all day. This is not my job. So I have found that this works really well, and I have had these colors in here for a few months, and, um, I haven't really had any problems, so that's what I'm going to say about paint. Uh, this is the paint that I use for my stars. It's Dr pH. Martin Bleed proof White and I want to get to the Stars video. I'll talk more about that, and then I also use the this, uh, jelly roll. Secure a jelly roll pen for the stars and particularly the shooting store, and finally brushes. I would recommend getting watercolor round brushes specifically for water. Color on these sizes are the ones I most frequently used 16 10 and zero. These specific, the specific brand is Siri's to 28 from Utrecht, and Sublette means it is synthetic sable hair, so it is not riel hair. This is synthetic sable hair, and I actually prefer synthetic sable hair over sable hairbrushes because I think that the , uh, it bounces back to its original rigidity easier. So that's just my opinion I got I picked these up at a Blick art materials store that I live kind of across the street from and thes work really well for me. I also like the Princeton heritage Siri's, but the's probably are the closest that I've found to the Princeton heritage. Siris for that are my that my are a little bit more cost effective. So, uh, there you have it. Those are all the materials that I use for my night sky paintings. And I encourage you, Teoh. Either get these materials or to find something similar before you embark on the rest of these videos so that you can do your projects along with me. So that is your homework assignment is to gather your materials and see where you might need Teoh make substitution, Zo, or make a trip to the art store, which is always one in my thinking. So there you go. Can't wait toe start painting with you. 3. 1. Prepping the scene: all right, now that you have hopefully gathered all of the materials that you need, I want to talk about, um, a couple things and that is has to do with water. And it has to do with paper. So number one, this is part of materials. I didn't mention the last video because I felt like it was kind of self explanatory, but I'm going to talk about it now. You need two cups of water, and you might ask yourself, Why do you need to Theo? Answer is because one cup needs to stay clear and clean the whole time, and then the other cup is like you're getting it dirty. So it's gonna be super muddy, and especially for the techniques we're gonna be using, it's really important that you have clean water. So you also gonna need a paper towel, Teoh. Um, just one you need with all watercolor coloring. So number two is paper. And what happens when you put water on paper? One of the most common questions I get is Colby. How do I keep my paper from buckling in? The answer is, it's really hard not to, unless you have really expensive £300 watercolor paper. But fear not, because there are techniques that we can use. I'm and the number one technique that I would recommend is using painter's tape to tape down your watercolor paper or masking tape. I think sometimes masking tape is a little more gentle on the paper, but I usually use painter's tape. So if you'll notice and my pieces, I kind of my brush, my brush strokes go there like breaststroke. So it's like the Knights guys painted on their right, and that's definitely a method that you can use. But I did not use Painter's tape on this. If you look at my videos on Instagram, I just have this piece of paper down. And I didn't use any paper and quickly did my wash. But especially as people are just starting to do these nights, got videos. I would really recommend using painter's tape, so I'm going to show you how to do that. So I'm just getting, uh, string of tape and taping down first have to make sure I'm on the right side of the paper. There's always a correct side on watercolor paper for you to paint on one side is like the back, and one side is the front. Usually the what side is has the most texture is the front. So Okay, I am putting I kind of having how I'm just having a thin kind of border here. You can put it down. Put the tape down however you want. Um, depending on what kind of border you want around the painting, Um, thick or thin, it doesn't matter. The thinker, you do it, the more stable the paper is going to be. So that's something to think about. But this is how I'm doing it. So I like to do top top side side because that way, when I take off the paint, which you'll see later on in the class, my tape pieces don't stick together. And I have more control when I can take off the paint. So undoing top top side, side and I don't I usually have a pretty good eye for sizing, but I also don't really care when it comes to, like art loose art like this in terms of like, Oh, is this the exact size as this? Um I think that some people care a lot, but I think the imperfections make art what it iss so Ah, but you can, you know, size it up however you want. And there you go. That's how you taped down your piece of paper and it is ready for you to paint. Typically, with this method, you would go straight to the edge, But you can dio with paint with tape. Why did and just make sure your strokes go not quite to the edge so you can see them. So, uh, that's kind of up to you for this class. I'm going to go right to the edge to show you what it looks like with the border, Since I don't really do that a lot on my instagram. All right, so your homework, it after watching this class, is to decide whether or not you want to tape down your paper or whether or not you just kind of wanna go loose and be just be aware that when you go lose it, they will buckle, the paper will buckle and it's good. It's trickier to get it to do what you want to do, So all right, make sure you have your water and make sure you have your supplies and let's get going in the next video 4. 2. First wash of water: Okay, This is a quick and easy video. This video is all about the initial wash and by wash, I just mean putting water on the paper. So for this first wash, I'm going to use my size 16 water water brush my paintbrush here because it it will allow me to get water on here a lot quicker. So I am just gonna get started. I'm dipping my paintbrush in this clean water. And since I have this painter's tape down and it's nice and tapes down, do you always want to make sure that the edges are nice and down? Um, I'm just gonna go straight from edge to edge. One of the biggest one of the actually most common questions I get is what is that stuff that you put on the paper before you put the paint down? And the answer is water. It's just water. It's not any kind of special liquid or any kind of I mean, water is special, but it's not any kind of you don't have to buy it if you just get it from the sink, and as long as it's clear and it's clean, then it will work for you so honestly, just as simple as that. That is what we're gonna do in this video. And, um, I know that seems simple, but keep in touch and watch the next video to see what happens next. 5. 3. Painting the sky: All right, So now that we have our water down on the paper and we want to put too much on now that we have our water down on the paper, it's time to put down our first drop of paint. So you can either stick with the 16 brush or sometimes I move on to the 10. I go down to the 10 but it looks like we're going for the 16 right now. So what you're gonna do is start at the top and get the darker color on the top. And it's not gonna be the darkest is gonna be right now. But what we're doing is just creating a very light ingredient. Uh, this first kind of night sky forest is honestly, I'm often just used one color. Sometimes I use another color on the bottom, but to make it as easy as possible, we're really just going to use one. And I'm showing you how using water there's a lot of water on this brush makes it so. It creates this nice, smooth, radiant, and so at the bottom. This page is really light, and at the top, it's darker. So now, to make it even darker. I'm going Teoh to see to dilute. I'm gonna use my 10 brush, actually. So when you use water, this might be common sense. But when used water, it dilutes the paint. And to get the paint as pigmented as we want it to be, you want enough. You know enough water so that it's liquid. But you want not so much that it's not as diluted. I mean that it's diluted. So here, this is not quite as dark as it can get, but it's dark enough for our purposes. I am, ah, putting just another quick layer on there. But now it's starting to get where this is a lot darker than right here and I don't want this. The bottom to be a stark is up here. So now I washed off my brush a little bit and I'm starting from the bottom and I'm just gonna meet it at the top. So if you want to keep the like the shade of a lighter shade, the best technique I can tell you is to go from light to dark. Uh, see, because that maintains ingredient and also make sure that this, uh, part doesn't get any darker than it needs to be so And so for the rest of this, I'm going to again take off water and see if I can get this really pigmented right here so that at the top I can get it really dark. That's definitely darker. Sometimes you can even put like black or a dark grey on top and mix it with this blue. I think this is into go. I'm using prima watercolor confections right now and because I really like them and they're the most cost effective. So I imagine a lot of people are gonna be using these, though you could be using whatever pain you could even be using painting. No, I didn't show you. So we're just honestly, creating is great and is just doing the same thing over and over. But be careful not to put too much water down because the more water you put down, you guessed it, the more the paper is going to buckle. So yeah, and it doesn't have to be exactly smooth. If you wanted to be, You can't. You can definitely get it to be to get the great aunt so smooth. But that's going to require a lot of work on your part, and it's OK if you want to call it good at some point because the night sky isn't perfect, you know, it has flaws. So sometimes my nights guy goes all the way down here and sometimes it, like, right now it's all the way up there. I might see if I can get just a little more pigmented and this is what I dio You watch my if you watch my videos on Instagram and that's why you're here, which is great. Um, you watch my videos sped up by, like, 24 times. Usually s so that I can fit into one minute. So I'm really excited that I have the opportunity to have the opportunity to film this class and show you exactly in real time what it takes to get the effects that I do and my nights guy paintings. So I think I'm almost on here. I don't mind if I get this bottom a little bit more dark, a little bit darker, so I'm just kind of going up and down, and sometimes you can't tell if you know if your great into smooth until it's already dry. But there you go. This is I'm gonna I'm gonna call is good for now. All right. So have your own doing this along with me. That's your clo homework. That's your project. You. The next step is to put down your wash with your night sky water. Um, for this specific kind of night sky. So next time on the next video, I'm going to talk a little bit about drying techniques and what I do to wait for my next layer. All right. Sounds good. Can't wait to see your progress on these. 6. 4. Drying the first layer: All right, everyone. We have the wash down and now it's time to decide how we're going to dry. How how we're going to drive this layer so that we can put on the stars and put in the trees, because that's the next step. Right? So you may notice, and most of my instagram videos that I use this little thing right here. It's a duris heat tool. I bought it for 99 on Amazon. Not sure how much they are now, but there are lots of different heat tools typically used for m bossing. But I use it to dry my paintings. You don't have to do that. If you don't have one of these, that's okay. You can wait for it to dry on its own. It's gonna take a little bit it. I can't give you an exact estimation, but you'll just have to keep watching it. But for the purposes of this video, I'm going to show you how I use this tool. It's gonna be loud, so maybe turn down the volume while you're watching. But I'm gonna tell you that sometimes I go like this, like shake it a lot to avoid burning in one spot because if you keep it in one spot for too long, it will burn the paper. So, uh, just be aware of that. And also no note that usually when I dry my paintings like I'm sure I used it to drive this one, I do the top first, and then I do the bottom, and sometimes I even dry the residual liquid that's on my table because this is taped. We can't really do that. So it's still going to be a little bit wet, especially on the bottom. Once I finished drawing the top, so that's just something to be aware of. I usually drive the top and the bottom when I don't have tape, because this paper is so absorbent that is wet all over. Um, not like that's a bad way to describe it, not wet all over, but, ah, the water use so much water to create this wash that needs to go somewhere. So I also found the drying it on the top and on the bottom sometimes can reduce buckling or not really reduced buckling, but I can shape it into what I wanted to be so and sometimes that means, like, even just going like this after, Like, you'll notice that this is pretty straight. It was not so straight when I first did it. Um, okay, enough talking. We're I'm going Teoh dry this. And if you don't want to hear this sound, please turn down the volume. Um, but you can watch while I dry. Um, take a little bit longer than it might seem like in the video. If you watch closely with light reflects off the painting, you can see when Brian, So it looks like. - Okay , so I don't know if you've noticed, but the paper is still starting to buckle because just because it's down in tape doesn't mean it's not going to buckle. Because, like I said, it really depends on the weight of the paper. Um, but now that I have mostly dried it, I'm going to keep the tape on its not all the way dry. It's probably still damp on the bottom, But now that it's mostly dry, I'm going to move on. So watch the next video for, uh, when I do the stars, that's my next step. But I did want to note that I put a little bit of water up here, and it looks like my nice guy that dark is darkest right along here, which isn't. I mean, this isn't always how it happens, but I really kind of like it. So let's see how yours turns out. 7. 5. Painting the stars: all right. Our next step here is the stars. Now there are two different methods for the stars. My favorite way is to use this paint doctor pH Martin's bleed proof white Teoh splatter the stars onto the paper like that. Um, and I like the splattering because it's randomized, and that's how I feel like stars. Really look when you look up in the sky, but if you don't have this paint or any other kind of similar paint like it, you could use a white gel pen and draw in the stars yourself. I've definitely done that before, and you can make it look really nice. But for the purposes of this class, we're going to use Dr Ph. Martin's. So one thing you should know about Dr Ph Martin's leakproof White is one. It's not the right consistently consistency when you first open it, it's more like a paste, and you need to add water to it to make it Ah, the right consistency. I like to use my lid as like a little mini palette. I don't know if that's weird, but it's what I do. So I take a little bit of the paint and painting stars can be I mean, splattering stars can be tricky and it can be messy. So that's also another question I get is how do you do without making a mess on? The answer is, I don't. So I'm making sure to cover up my paint because I don't want this white paint in my other paint and I'm moving anything else that I wouldn't want pain to get splattered on. And it's really key. When I add water here, too. Add some clean water. I don't want to add, um, some muddied water to this because this is white, obviously. And if I add even just a little bit tinted, the whites gonna be tinted into something else. So stars also want to say stars can be tricky because you have to get this paint exactly the right consistency. If you get the paint too thin, then it will more easily come off of your paper and be huge blobs. So, for example, this one see these? How big these dots are? That happened because my paint was a little too thin and which kind of seems counterintuitive, right? You'd think if it was thick, it would be like that. But no, it was because it was too watery. And, uh, it was it came more easily off of my brush. So it kind of looks more like snow, then stars, which is fine. I went with that, Um, and if that's what you want, that's a technique that I would recommend using. But if you want stars, you have to have it on. Honestly, there's not really, um A It's about having it not be super watery, but be also not having too much on your paintbrush. So if you will kind of notice, I'm mixing it in here. But then I'm kind of wiping it on the side. So and it's just gonna take practice for you to figure out what the right consistency is for you. So I am can see even that If it's not. If it's not thick and not like, if it's not thin enough, it's hard to get it off. Oh, for the record, I'm using a size zero brush here, but sometimes for stars actually like to use, um, bigger brushes, maybe like a three year old four, because you can get more paint on there. So for now I'm just gonna kind of do this. I might actually switch to that. I think that's what I'm gonna go. I'm taking us off and I'm switching to a different brand of paintbrush that I've used in the past. This is Royal in laying nickel paintbrush. It's like one of my very first brushes that I used as an artist, which was really good for a beginner. But I now use it mostly for, like, stars. So we'll see if this is too thick. Uh, it looks fine. So yeah, I'm just If you're wondering what I'm doing, I'm holding with my left hand and just pounding on this with my right hand. Some of you have said, Oh, you could use a toothbrush. And yes, you can use a toothbrush. Some people put paint on the toothbrush and then, like, flick the bristles. Um, I For me, that's a lot more messy. Oh, see how these air really thick. I put a little bit too much paint on there, which is fine. It's all good, But just be aware of that. Um, for me, this is the way that I like to do it. Thank you to everyone who request who likes suggests different things. Um, this is just the way that I found it is easiest for me, so yeah, already, I can kind of tell that my consistency here is a little thinner than I might want it, because some of the paint comes off in blobs. But that's fine. It's no all over and there tones of little stars. So I usually do the stars like this, like, three or four rounds and then look into places. It's really hard to control, so it just takes practice. Um, but I look into places I see that might need some more gaffes filled in, and I feel them until I feel like I'm satisfied. And I feel like now it's pretty good. Uh, you might ask, Why do the stars first? And it's because I am afraid of the stars splattering onto the trees. If I do, the stars last so I think that sometimes I even do the stars last anyway. But for this class, I'm gonna do the stars first. Um, that looks good to me. So I am going. Teoh, prepare to do my trees. Next. This paint dries usually pretty fast, so I don't always like, do the dryer before I go on to the trees. But it could be something that you do if you want to, or wait for a few minutes. So oh, actually, I forgot one thing. I use this to do a shooting star. So for a shooting star, it's really easy. You just kind of pick a spot on the side and draw dot and then flick out like that. And sometimes it doesn't go. Joe pens can be finicky little things, but it's OK if it's not all in one line, because shooting stars right are supposed to be kind of ethereal, So I'm gonna call that good. That's the most shooting star right there. Looks pretty good. So great. Thanks for watching Hope I loved. I would love to see how your stars turn out and let's now go on to the next video, which is all about this trees, silhouettes 8. 6. Painting the trees: Okay, so we've put our wash down, We've made our sky, we have created our stars. And now the next step is to create our trees. Because, as I pointed out in these paintings, I have just like little verse of forests along the bottom to create a forest silhouette. So for my trees, I use black watercolor. This is from prima marketing watercolor confections. Um, you could also use lamp black if you have Windsor Newton or any other kind of professional watercolor. But honestly, just any kind of black. Well, dio sometimes I've used black acrylic or like, black Sumi ink, but I with ease, I found actually like watercolor the best. So, um, trees can be really simple, or they could be really detailed, depending on how you want. But for this class, I'm gonna go with really simple. So we're just gonna go along the bottom and I like to create and honestly, if you think that I have a plan for how the trees were gonna go when I first start, I really don't. I just kind of let it go. And I feel like if anything, that this classes teaching is that art is all about creating what you feel and creating what feels good too. So I'm going to start with Ah, first, when you do a tree, you do the trunk and you want to get it as thin as possible. Okay, Because these were supposed to be a little right. This is gonna be one of my tallest trees. So I'm here. I'm using a size zero paintbrush, and I could even go smaller than that. But this is what I'm using right now. So I'm drawing the trunk and then, really, I'm just fanning out the branches based on where the trunk is and does not be perfect. Trees aren't all filled in. Trees are definitely wild in nature. And, um, don't always look the same and aren't always symmetrical or anything like that. So, honestly, I would just kind of practice and figure out what technique works best for you. I This is how I've been doing it lately. I've also done a method where it's like here I can even do one in a different method. So that method was me putting down the trunk and doing it like one side at a time, right? So it's a little more realistic. But I've also done trees like this before where I'm going to do a little trunk and then I'm just gonna kind of go like that, just kind of do some stripes along the bottom, and those can look really cool, too. It's about not being so nervous about where your thing where your brush lambs or where the branch lands, but just feeling where you think it should go. So I'm gonna keep creating trees. The trick with making it look like it's there. Some depth here is to make sure that the trees were different sizes on. I like to put some in the back that are just like so tiny. I'm using barely any pressure here to put some happy little trees down. Have you ever seen Bob Ross? Which I'm sure all of you have, Um so you can barely even see that tree. That's the whole point, right? Is that it supposed to be far in the distance? So I'm gonna put some more trees down, and they can be, like, some that barely have any branches because some trees in the forest look like that, too. And these were all like pine trees. But you can do any kind of trees. Really? For this kind of for this kind of piece, it's all up to you. So I'm doing some more pine trees, Some smaller ones. Um, no. Maybe I'll do some over here. I just kind of visualize where I think the balance should go. Um, I you could do trees all along the bottom. You could very easily do that. Now, look really nice. I've done that lots of times. Um, or you can just put trees randomly where you think they should go. And again, I'm really just loading my paintbrush. Do its thing. I'm no, I don't have a plan for the kind of tree I've painted a lot of trees, and so some of it could be muscle memory, But I am drawing a trunk first and then just putting in some branches and just kind of dotting my way. I don't know if that's the right phrase, but I'm just kind of moving my paintbrush in like the direction of where I think branches would go and it looks like a tree, so it will take some practice. I think that's my biggest. That is always My biggest advice. Biggest piece of advice. When people ask me how to get better is to practice, there is no shortcut. I wish that there was, but there's really not, um I got better by practicing, but I will say that if I can figure out how to do art, I never thought I would be good at this kind of stuff. You can figure out how to do it. Uh, if you practice and you care and you put in the time, I'm sure you can You can get really good. You probably are already really good and you don't even know it. So OK, I am doing that. And then I might dio like a few in the middle here. Like I said, I just kind of put trees wherever I feel like they should go. Um, I'm sure there are lots of composition techniques that you can learn, Um, that are a lot more professional than what I'm doing. But this is a skill that I have taught myself. Um, and I mean also by watching other people do it, but I've never taken any classes or anything. I just kind of I tried. I just kind of tried. And if I can do it, I really just I know that you can too. So for now, as here's one thing, one thing I will say about the trees is you want to make sure you don't have too much water . You wanna have more paint on here than water? Because when you have too much water, it kind of blobs like it did with that tree. So that is a technique that I've learned through experience. So you want to have a little bit of water because you need it. Teoh, activate the watercolor, but you want to have definitely more pigment on there. Then then water. And that's why I recommend not using liquid watercolor, especially for trees like this. So, yeah, I was kind of filling in where I think they go on and maybe one like here on its own. Maybe a couple here on their own. Yeah, All right. There you have it. Uh, all right. Those are my trees. I've done my stars. I've done my wash and you're almost done. So the next step is to a decide If you want to let her something or be be done. Um, So if you want to let or something go onto the next video if you like, put some kind of words on this. If you want to just be done, go. Probably skipped two videos to where I carefully take off the tape. Yea, Okay. Can't wait to see all of your projects. These are my favorite things. 9. 7. (Optional) Add lettering: okay, If you're watching this video, it means that you decided you wanted to let her something on your night sky video, and you're just not sure how. And that's okay. It took me a little bit of tries to, um because painting over the top of paint can be tricky. So the first thing I would say is decide whether what color of paint you want to use. I would recommend either black or white, depending on how dark your sky is. If your sky was really dark, I think that white lettering for sure all the way. But if it's kind of light, then black lettering would definitely show up. And it looks like my night sky turned out to be a little lighter than other nights guys that I've done. So, um, I for this specific one, I think you know, either black or white would work fine. But because black lettering is pretty easy to figure out, I mean, maybe not easy, but I would either use like a Tom both food and Yosuke to write on, uh, the sky. Or I would use appointed 10 with some ink. Or you can use watercolor unders, watercolor right on it. Um, I think trickier than Black is putting white lettering on something, mostly because a lot of white paint doesn't show up. And when it does, it's hard to maneuver. So I'm going to show you how I do this white lettering with Dr Ph. Martin's, uh, bleed proof white. And it has to be so like we talked about before. You have to yourself kind of manipulate this ink, so that is exactly how you want it to be, because it's it's really pasty when it comes in the a. Parked at 1st 4 stars, it needed to be a little bit less needed to be, Ah, have, ah, more dense consistency. But when you're lettering, it should be a little bit more liquidy, like your lettering with watercolor. So, uh, I'm just gonna test it out. And honestly, the key with this it could be so hard because it's hard to get thin lines. But the key with this and with painting on, is to Dio is to use as little pressure as possible. Okay, so I am going to do my best, and we'll see what happens. So I'm using, like as little pressure as I can and there's my stroke. And you have to be aware that when you're using arches, especially, uh, your paintbrush will want to catch on to the papers. You have to be really careful. Okay, so I want a similar to how we were doing the stars. I want my paintbrush to not have blobs. I want to be able to see my paintbrush, but have enough so that I can still paint with it. So I'm just going to keep going and I might have toe take my strokes in parts. Um, but yeah, that's that's how I do it. See if I do it right right here. My paintbrush high was way too much paint on it right now in order, it's going to be blobby. So I need to just kind of take a little bit off, and that's a little better. So because if I have too much paint, it doesn't matter how much pressure I put down or how little pressure put down. It's always gonna be blobby, and we don't want that. At least I don't want that on my things. So I'm gonna keep doing that technique and I'm just writing the word believe, Because that's what I think. I want to look at the stars and you have to be careful because sometimes it's paint you have. Sometimes you have to go over it again if you get it too thin. Um, yeah. So I'm going to keep doing this. I dipped it in water to see if I could get a little bit more of Ah, liquidy consistency. And that's a little blobby. And I'm almost done this Israel time lettering. It does not. And this is me going fast. This is not a quick hobby. You have to take your time if you want to get it exactly right. So OK, so there's my lettering on top of my on top of my, uh, nice guy. There it is. I just decided you one word because, as you can see, even with this tiny paintbrush, um, my letters air pretty big. So if you're using a paintbrush, it's kind of difficult to get really small lettering. So if you wanted to put like a poem or something on top of here, I would recommend either using a tom both food and asuque a pen or using appointed pen um you can also dio pointed pen with Dr Ph Martin's. You just have Teoh Uh, let me get out of nib. I'm not gonna let her on this right now, but I potentially will in a later video. What you have to do for this is you get out your nib and you take you pick up the paint and literally painted on the nib like that. So I'm not painting anything on it. That's what you can't see anything. But you will paint it on the nib and then use your pointed pen like that. It's more time intensive. So perhaps in a later video I'll show you how to do that. But that's the way to get small lettering. Like I said, it can be finicky on when you already have a painted background. But it can be so pretty and worth it. I think so. Alright, if as far as this night sky painting goes, we are just about done so head on to the next video toe watches I on tape everything and we can see what yours looks like. 10. 8. Finishing touches : Okay, you've made it. This is the final, the final step to, uh, seem to making sure to seeing your finished product. I love taking tape off of things, but it can be tricky. Which is why I get his own video. Because sometimes the paints here acts like a glue. And if you're not careful, you can rip off some of the paper along with the tape. So my trick is to take it at an angle and to go slow. If you go fast, you might not be able to see to hear when your paper catches. I've already heard my paper catch a little bit, but it looks fine. Great. One side done. So remember how I did? Um, top, top side side. I did that specifically. So this tape wouldn't, like catch off of here so that I can do them s so I can take the tape two pieces of tape off, one at a time. So I'm going slow. See it kind of blood over here where it wasn't down long enough. But that's OK. Uh, I'm going slower, but it looks like it's fine. I will say that professional paper doesn't catch is easily a student grade paper when it comes to painting. So this is I'm using arches right now when that's potentially y it really isn't catching. Strathmore does catch a lot. That's the downside to painting with Strathmore. So I would be really careful if you decided to use draft more paper. I would go really slow and at an angle and just is an example to show you I don't and I'm not sure if this talk peace is going to catch. But if it does, if you hear it catching and you see some paper coming up, then stop and go to the next side and start from that side. Because then you're not perpetuating the rip in the paper and you will potentially have minimized it. So OK, there it is, the finished product. I love these little pieces and I am just blown away by how gorgeous they always turn out. And by how, uh not time. I mean, it can be time intensive sometimes, but it's honestly a simple way to get a really gorgeous piece. I love selling these. I love making these for people and now I am loving teaching you how to make them. So I'm proud of you. I'd love to see any of your progress. Make sure to tack me on Instagram if you're posting these because I'd love to see that maybe share some of your work. And I'm also going to have a future classes on, like maybe a more advanced version of this that has lots of different colors or different kinds of silhouettes. Different kinds of sky paintings like I've done in the past. But this initial basic class was so fun. And I can't wait to see all of the beautiful work that you have completed. So feel free to message me and let me know, And I hope you had a great time. Thanks for talking along.