Space Launch Watercolor Journal | Daniela Mellen | Skillshare

Space Launch Watercolor Journal

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

Space Launch Watercolor Journal

Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
25 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. Skillshare Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Folding the Cover

    • 4. Using the Template

    • 5. Painting the Cover Layer 1

    • 6. Painting the Cover Layer 2

    • 7. Painting the Cover Layer 3

    • 8. Painting the Cover Layer 4

    • 9. Painting the Cover Layer 5

    • 10. Painting the Moon Layer 1

    • 11. Painting the Moon Layer 2

    • 12. Painting the moon Layer 3

    • 13. Painting the Moon Layer 4

    • 14. Painting the Spaceman Layer 1

    • 15. Painting the Spaceman Layer 2

    • 16. Painting the Spaceman Layer 3

    • 17. Painting the Spaceman Layer 4

    • 18. Painting the Rocket Layer 1

    • 19. Painting the Rocket Layer 2

    • 20. Painting the Rocket Layer 3

    • 21. Galaxy Layer 1

    • 22. Painting the Galaxy Layer 2

    • 23. Painting the Galaxy Layer 3

    • 24. Assembling the Journal

    • 25. Class Wrap Up

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels
  • Beg/Int level
  • Int/Adv level

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

On May 30, 2020, a rocket launched two astronauts to the space station inside the Crew Dragon Capsule. It was a historic day, as the world watched a new era in space travel, with the advent of reusable rockets, enhanced safety features, and brand new technology. The event was reminiscent of the early days of sending astronauts to the moon and into orbit.

In today’s class, we’ll create a watercolor matchbook journal with paintings to reflect on this exciting time. Space travel is full on unknowns and most of all, hope. A journal is a great way to reflect on these feelings.

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

Check out my blog for additional info on my website

You can contact me at [email protected] See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • Exceeded!
  • Yes
  • Somewhat
  • Not really
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Your creative journey starts here.

  • Unlimited access to every class
  • Supportive online creative community
  • Learn offline with Skillshare’s app

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.



1. Skillshare Class Intro: history was made on May 30th 2020 when the Falcon rocket launched the crew dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center. Two astronauts barrel into orbit headed for the International Space Station. This was a result of new technology and a NASA and Space X collaboration that is the beginning of a new era of space exploration. Hello, I'm Daniella Melon and author and artist. Welcome to today's class on creating a space launch journal that's filled with a few watercolor paintings. We'll create a matchbook journal and pages using watercolor paper. We'll paint the cover, creating a scene reminiscent of a launch, then add more pages with scenes of the moon, a space man, a rocket and a galaxy. Included in the class are templates to make sketches of the images. Ah, class supply list and an info sheet of the journal making process. This class is designed for beginner to intermediate watercolor artists and those who love making handmade books. Try your hand at creating various space, seen images and add them to the journal, create your journal cover and then add pages using the techniques shown. Be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes, and please consider leaving a review. Now let's get started 2. Class Supplies: the class supplies that will use for our space launch journal include the template for images that you can find in the project section. You Can you just download this and will use it to trace onto our watercolor paper. And you can use any light source like a window or a light pad to make these tracings summer far easier to trace than others. And they're just very simple images. Then we have a space launch journal set a page that you can download that has all the measurements and just gives the overview of creating that journal in a nut show. We're gonna create the images on our journal pages using watercolor paints. So I have my watercolor paints, brushes a tube of white wash, and I use a toothbrush here to make spatter, and I find that handy. You don't need it. You can use just a regular brush if you don't have dedicated toothbrush there. I also have a white gel pen, Ah, black permanent marker and these air to make highlights and nice, crisp outlines. Ah, pencil and eraser, a ruler. And then I use a bone folder to make nice, sharp creases in our heavy paper. I also use a stapler. You only need one staple, and if you don't have a stapler that will punch through all the watercolor paper, you'll just need a pin or something to make. The holes will manually feed a staple and then press the other ends. I also have this piece of watercolor paper cut down that's gonna be the outside and the cover of our book, and the measurements for this are on the download and they'll be. We'll discuss it more in the next chapter, but it's 8.5 inches by two and 3/4 inches, and then we'll need water. Color pages will need four for this journal, and these are three and 3/4 inches by two and 3/4 inches. The next chapter will start our process. 3. Folding the Cover: so to create our cover and our pages, we first have the pages and they just have to be cut into rectangles. And once again, that number is three and 3/4 inches by two in 3/4 inches for each page, and I use four of them in this journal. You can use more if you'd like for the cover, because we're gonna fold it into a matchbox. This is 8.5 inches by two and 3/4 inches. And so now I just want to make my creases so that it will fold and tuck nicely. So I take my ruler and I'll make my crease marks on one end. I'll make 1/2 inch mark 1/2 inch from the end, and this will be the lip. Or where are journal gets tucked into and then on Mark from the other end. I'll go three and 3/4 inches in and four in 1/4 and I'll just make my little marks there, and I'll do that on top and bottom. So three and 3/4 and foreign 1/4 and then I'll just take my bone folder, connect those lines and by doing the bone folder here. I'm just increasing the paper so that it makes it easier to make the folds. Then I'll take my bottom piece and I'll fold it up from the top. And remember, this is the lip of the paper where our cover is going to tuck. And then I'll go to the furthest fold out. Create that mark, that crease don't do the second crease. So when we're done, it will all the top. Well, talk right in here just like this. Now, this piece here is the piece we're going to make our sketch on and we'll paint the lip if you'd like to match that. So in the next chapter, we'll go over using the template for our pages as well as our cover. 4. Using the Template: to use our template. I have a light pad here, but you couldn't use the light coming in from a window if you don't have the pad and you simply put your template down between the light source and you and then you take your pages that you're going to copy the template on to make the trace. Now I'll start with the cover because our cover folds in this manner with a lip up. This is gonna be where I put my cover art. So I'm gonna take my page here where I know I'm gonna make my tracing. I'll illuminate my light source and then I'll put my cover right wherever I want it. And I have lots of options. I can use different layouts for the cover, and I think I'm gonna use it just like that. So all I do is I set my cover down, and then I take my pencil and I just lightly trace over my image. So I'll go around it and I'll speed this part up just so you can get a feel for what I'm doing here. So there I have my cover Art sketched right onto my page here and I could make any modifications. If I see any lines that maybe I made a mistake or an error, I'll just go back and fix them. But then I have my cover, and I know I'm gonna paint it just like this. So I'm gonna decide later on if I want a color in when I do my painting, if I want to paint this little lip here or just leave it white So there's my cover art to make the other pages, I'd go through the same process. I illuminate my light source, and then I sandwich the template between me, my paper and the late and then I'll just put my image on and trace around, and I'll do this with all of these. Now, these images, these two images are larger than the page. And so I just find where I want to put my paper because I know the book is gonna be in a portrait mode, meaning it's gonna be long and tall. I want my images to be traced tall on my page here, like this. You can trace it this way. It's just that your book will then open sideways and then for the rocket part, the Falcon. Here I just choose which part I want to include. If I want to include the rings up here or if I want to just get an overview and I have to make that tracing as well. In the next chapter, we'll start our paintings. 5. Painting the Cover Layer 1: to start painting our cover. I'm going to start by you doing the background. I want a very light layer at first, and then we'll just add in some more colors. So I'm just gonna wet with clear water, just the top part of the card here. And I'm just soaking the background here, and then I'm going to come over here and soak the horizon, line the areas where I'm gonna paint what looks like water. So I'm gonna avoid the areas of the rocket fire. And I wet my brush and put some water on my paper and takes us some cerulean blue. And I'll mix one brush full of surly in blue with a little bit of water. And then I'm just gonna deposit some of this very light pigment in the sky here, and I'm trying to avoid making a solid, uh, image of color. I want some white to show through, just like little clouds in the distance. It's a very faint color right now. I want to just make sure they go around the contour, the perimeter of the ship. Then I'll come back in, take a little more pigment on my brush directly very concentrated, and I'll just dab it in up top here at the top of the card and it will move around as it dries. A rinse, My brush. I still have a little pigment here, and I'm just gonna go in and create a little texture in the clouds. Then I'll put some more water on my palette toe work over here on the horizon, which is gonna be like an ocean view. So I'll take a lot of this Prussian blue and a little bit of purple and then a little more oppression in a little dark green. And then I'm just gonna carefully deposit this color here, leaving a little gap between the horizon and the water line here. Could it carefully go around the flames on my spacecraft just depositing pigment all along again? I'm leaving some white of the paper to come through. It creates like a painterly version, and then I'm gonna come in here just a little concentrated Prussian blue, and I'm gonna put it right up here on the horizon line. If it happens to bleed in to the sky, it leads in. I'm not concerned about that. Just put little drops of it Here, take a little deep green. Just add a few drops. Is that of that as well, Just for a little variation. And as it dries, it'll spread out and disperse, and I'll let this layer completely dry. 6. Painting the Cover Layer 2: for a second layer. I want to add some shading to our spacecraft and the clouds. So I'm gonna take my number one brush over here, put a little water on my palette and put a little purple down. I'll take a teeny bit of Prussian blue and mix that in just enough until I get a a purple lee blue color and then all mixed one more brush full of water, and that gives me a nice light color to start with. So I'm gonna come over here and I'm just gonna create the outline on the left hand side of my spacecraft just like this. And I'm gonna avoid going on this stripe and I'm just gonna go underneath this little control panel and I'll just kind of outline the other features just like this. Then I'll rinse my brush, remove some of the water, but still using a wet brush. I'll just go in here and just kind of blend the image I just put down. So it's darker in some places, but it blends nicely. There's no harsh lines. I'm gonna take a little of that color separated from the group and then add a little more Prussian blue to it just so that it matches the sky a little more Take a little cerulean blue and then within on my brush I'm just gonna create another layer here on the clouds I'm gonna keep that first layer showing exposed but creating just like that And then they're switched to my tiniest brush here and I'll take a little cerulean blue with very sharp point. And I'm just gonna outline these clouds. Very light hand. Just want to create a little bit of a shadow. Now go over this right on the pencil mark, and I'll let this layer completely dry. 7. Painting the Cover Layer 3: So now the work on the fire and some more shading on our spacecraft gonna take my number one brush again, find a little spot of my palette and mix some of this lemon yellow Take a little vermillion . Hugh, with that, mix that in and then I'm gonna go back and take some more of that yellow. I wanted to be a little lighter, a little more yellowy for now. Dip my brush. So I have a brush full of water in there and I'm gonna pull that color down just like this , leaving some areas of white on the this fire. Then I'll go to the center area and I'll pull that color down the entire way. I have two layers here that I drew, but right now I wanna have both layers full of the yellow again. I'll leave some white areas on my fire area and I'm just gonna go back in with a really concentrated color and just drop it in at the top closest to our spacecraft. I might do this again. After this absorbs into the paper, we'll rinse off my brush, make sure it's clean, and then I'm gonna come back in here. Oh Ri wet my brush and would take a little of that purple that we used to make the first layer on our spacecraft. So I'll take a teeny bit more purple and mix it in with the color. Just wanted to be a little darker, not too much. And then I'm gonna come over here and make another layer coming down the spacecraft just to really emphasize the shadow. And I really wanted to look like they're multiple layers of this purple, the super light layer and then on the color, the layer were adding just now and I add that cross and over here I mixed it in with some of the yellow. So I'm just gonna pick that up with a paper towel and then I'll go back in Gah, No, create my shadow brings off my brush, remove most of the water and just blend that out slightly. Still want some brush strokes showing, but not too much. And then I can go back in and deposit a little more color in some of the areas that I want to be a little darker again. I'll come down here to these little rocket areas. I'm not familiar with the actual term where it is. I'll go in here and and more pigment to that control panel. I'll rinse my brush one more time. I'm gonna pick up the super yellow and deposited really close to the spacecraft. And then I'm gonna come back in with the yellow and go over that center area that we made here gonna pick up a little vermillion Hugh on my brush and just pull it down in that center area. It might bleed out a little to the other area. That's okay, then. I'm gonna take a little bit of this and just dab it in up top closest to the shuttle is, well, pulling it along, and I'll let this layer dry. 8. Painting the Cover Layer 4: So now I want to take my tiniest brush here, Got a wet it, and I'm gonna create the outline. So I'll take a little more purple pigment, put it down on my palette, and then I'm gonna really make a very sharp point with my brush, and I'm gonna create the outline here of this ship. So just a very light hand and I'll go all the way around. And this is the detail work part of the painting again. While I'm doing this, I'm gonna introduce a little more shadow to one side here of the spacecraft, and right underneath this little lip here, we'll continue on my outlining process. So there we have this piece just like this. Gonna give that a moment to dry. And I want to work on this flame a little more. So I'm gonna take a little more over a 1,000,000 Hugh, once again with my shark pointed brush. And I'm just gonna create that outline of that center flame here, the hottest part, the most brilliant. And then I'll just at a little more water and go over it and kind of just glaze it and then I'll take whatever's on my brush and create the outline of the flame all the way around. The very light hand almost in perceivable at pollings can even pull some strokes down just to give it some direction. I'm gonna rinse my brush and take a little bit of this black. I wanted to be not terribly dark, more of a dark gray. And then I'm gonna go in areas here of these buttons, and I'm just gonna fill them in about 3/4 of the way just to create the shape. I don't want to have a perfectly filled in area. I also go over here to the little port where the flames are exiting. And I'm gonna outline this little box here that I'm gonna take just the tiniest bit of black here or the dark color remixed and just create a little more intense shadow in some areas, basically just on the one side of the craft. And now I want to make the impression of an American flag over here, and this is totally optional and I want to create a color here of this piece. So gonna take a wet brush and just wet the very carefully what the inside of this piece, and then I'm going to take some of this parallel in red, get a nice sharp point of my brush. I really want to be able to control this, and it doesn't have to be that vibrant either. And I'm going to start here on the outside, put pulling my color in and it'll run. Take a little more of this red. And here I want to create the impression of a flag. I'm not looking to make exact, um, stripes or images. I'm just putting a little lines down there to indicate that stripes. And then, with a very sharp point, I'll go in here with a little of this blue just to give the impression that it's the flag here. I'll let this layer dry and then we'll come back and do the final layer. 9. Painting the Cover Layer 5: for my final layer. There's a few things I want to dio wouldn't take my eraser and erase any pencil marks that remain from the clouds as well as the shuttle. And let's be very light handed here, going over this part. Then I want to just make one more sharp outline with my point point of my very small brush . Little dark color on that. I want that point to be super sharp, so I'll have to remove some water to get that. I'm just gonna create that outline, go around the shuttle and I'll deep in any areas that I think need a little more pigment here. I also do a light outline around some of these flames just to create a contrast. And now I want to take the last part of my piece here where my flap here, where it's gonna fold over so it's just very carefully set the cover aside. Take a larger brush and I'm gonna go over it with a color here that matches this. So that's this deep blue. It's the Prussian blue, so I'll just go over it with a little bit of water. At first, it can actually turn it upside down here. And that will take some of this pigment. I'm just gonna be careful to go right to the base in a straight line and just pounds some pigment there just like this. Like to go over the top edge neatly and then just leave some areas of white of the paper. Gonna let this completely dry, set it aside, and then I'm gonna work on our remaining pages after that will come back and assemble our book. 10. Painting the Moon Layer 1: for the first page of our book. I am making a moon the destination, You know, the space station in the moon where the craft is going. So I wanted to create the moon here, and I'm leaving enough space in the bottom here that I can write something about this book for this book for me. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna create the area around the moon first, So I'm just gonna wet it with some water on my brush. I'm gonna mix a little color here and would takes impression Blue. And I'm just gonna dab it in places all the way around. And I want to create a Grady int where it's darker at the top of the page and very light at the bottom. So the first thing I like to do is I like to go around, create my shape, and this is a fairly light color. So I go around and I create my shape of my moon. I'm gonna rinse my brush and make sure it's wet on the bottom of the paper here, where I wanted to be most light. I'm gonna flip it over. And if I have any remaining moisture on my brush and a little more water. I want that to go up top a swell. So once I'm happy with how I have my outline of my moon. I can go in there and start just depositing color. And I want it really darkest closest to the moon because I feel like it gives a nice contrast. They're gonna come over here with some of this black at a little bit of water. But I want a really nice pigment here, and it's gonna deposit that just around the moon as well and really heavily on the sides. Take a little water on my brush. Lighten it somewhat. Just make a layer of the later nous later pigment going down the paper Just a few splotches as well. Then I'll take a wet brush. Does blend that together again. I'm starting my Grady int and like I said, I want it lighter at the bottom here. Could take a little more that black, and I'm gonna go around. Just deposit some areas so it runs away from our moon. And again, this is just trialling error doing as much as you want. Do you get the color blend that you like and colors dry lighter. So it really just takes trial and error again. I'm gonna go in there with some of this Prussian blue. Just deposit a few areas that closest to the moon and up top again, maintaining that nice, crisp contour. And then I'm gonna come in here with some of this deep purple and deposit some of those areas as well. Just a few spots down here to tie it together. And lastly, But I go in there with the black a little more concentrated this time and deposit a few more spot so it can run. Can I want a nice, crisp darkness up top? Rinse my brush, just blend out that bottom area and I let this layer dry. 11. Painting the Moon Layer 2: So now our first layer for their background is dry. I want to go in there and just add some layers to the moon itself. So I'm gonna go in there. I'm gonna wet the moon. I'm gonna be careful not to try and drag any color from the sky or the background, the space behind it and they're gonna mix the color here. Could take a little black and a little dark green. I'm gonna separate it. So I have a little whatever's on my brush on this side here and we take a little lemon yellow and mix that in a swell mix a little water to really lightened that up and then take a little of this yellow Oakar and that warms it up a bit. So I'm just gonna go in here and deposit some of this color. And I know I want my moon to be lightest on top and darker on the bottom. And that's why I made this little line here Gonna move my pigment around, Don't want to be super wet, even take a paper towel, Just dab a little bit shows no harsh outline, but going back in with that pigment and just dab a little again. And then I'll come back in with that grayish gray greatest green that we made. And I'll add that paying a little more attention to the base could take a little more black on my brush. Mix it with that green and deposit that as well from the base of the moon. Then I'll rinse my brush with this around, take a little of that yellowy green and encourage that color to run. I'll go back in with the dryer brush. It's more that dark pigment. Just add that may be a little more black water. Just encourage that to run around, remove some water for my brush to just disperse it a little bit that I'm gonna take a little black on my brush with some water. And I just want to go in here and toned down slightly. Some of these areas that are very bright blue or bright purple. It's not gonna play with it too much, just gonna go over it a little bit, take my brush, water it down just so it blends nicely to the end. Then I can go back here, and if there's any areas that I think I miss still go in there, and that's more pigment. Then I like to take my brush, fill it with water and just very carefully and lightly tap it. And this creates a little splotches of water on both the moon in the background, and I'll let this layer completely dry. 12. Painting the moon Layer 3: So now if these layers have dried, I want to go in there and create a little more layering here on the moon itself. So with my number one brush, gonna come in here and just re wet the colors on our palette that light gray and I think that yellow is still active. So I'm gonna take my brush and just dab it in and spots leaving some areas totally untouched. And then I'm gonna take my darker color and do the same thing. Then I'll take a little bit of the darker color and just deposit little spots of it in the lighter color. Take a little more dark pigment on my brush and do that same motion in the dark in the dark side of the moon. Here, I'm gonna jump right to my gel pen. So with my gel pen here, I'm just gonna create a few little stars. Everyone place here and there in the background. And while my moon is drying, I still want to work on the moons and mawr. But I have to let that dry. I think I'm gonna start here, and, um, I think I'm gonna call this. I'm gonna consider what happened during the launch and Space X was part of it. So I'm just gonna write Space X in my white gel pen here. And then it was the crew dragon capsule. So I think I'll write that. We'll let this dry and I'll come back and add just a few final touches to the moon itself. 13. Painting the Moon Layer 4: to make my final touches. I'll take my number one brush here, and I'm gonna makes a little bit deeper color of this dark color here and with a sharp point, I'm just gonna go over that dark area that I created originally with my pencil sketch to create that shadow and I'll just go over that, It'll dry. I'm going to take my gel pen again. I'm gonna add some highlights being careful not to touch the area that I just wet. So just add a little line here, and I'm gonna go into those little circles and fill those in with white gel pen just to really emphasize that part of the moon at a few little dots here and there for creators. And then I just want to choose to outline the moon with this gel pen here. So I'll keep flipping my piece around to make that nice round shape. And there I have the first page of our journal. I'll set this aside and we'll work on our space band next 14. Painting the Spaceman Layer 1: So for the spaceman here, I traced it on my piece of paper for my page. And I want a color in the background first. So with my larger brush, I'm just gonna wet the paper on the background, careful to avoid the space man because he's gonna be more white. Um, and the backgrounds gonna be dark. So I go over here, mix my color again, I'll do the black and all deposit areas of blue and purple with that, just a little more water. So want really more of a grey background? And then I'm gonna carefully create the border between the space man in the universe or early space, not keep turning my paper. - And when I have that all done all the background done, I'll switch colors. So I wash my brush and I'll take some of this pressure in blue just deposited in areas. And then I'll take this purple and deposit that in areas as well. They don't come back, pick up some of this black again and deposit that as well of those colors merge, and I'll let this layer completely dry. 15. Painting the Spaceman Layer 2: So now the background of our space man is dry. We can get to painting the interior here. This space suit. So with a sharp brush, I'm gonna go around. This is my number one brush. A small brush because I want to be able to control this could pick up some of the black that we had. I used it all, or it dried. I'll just make some more and I'm gonna create the inside here. This space helmet, it's carefully make the outline and I'm leaving an area over here white for a reflection here. Just gonna fill that in positing a little water to make that color run. Then I'm gonna take that color. Makes a lot more watering with it. Maybe three brush fools, and I'm gonna mix just a little purple. And with that that I'm gonna take a sharp point of my brush here, and I'm gonna create the outline between the helmet and this part of the helmet here and the outline over here of this other part of the helmet. So they're all variations of grays and whites. Metals. I'm just gonna go over those lines of my pencil with this color and a sharp point. No, do the same thing here in the arms. You can make these patches and these instruments different colors. And I think I'm gonna do that. I'm gonna go in with the darker blue on some of them. But I wanted to create the shadow in the outline. Here, Go in here. And then, lastly, with this color, I want to come over here, outline my helmet, and then this oxygen tank got a color in, Get a color in. Darkest closest to the space man. I won't go over that a couple of times with the pigment, and then I'll wet my brush and drag that color out. The further we get creates just a gradual highlight and a little dip separation between the background as well. Because of the lighter color. Come over here and in this little area. Fill that in as well, with the color again closest to the center. I'll just make a couple of lines here. I'm just throwing them in, and then with a sharp brush, just blend that color out, and I'll let this layer completely dry. 16. Painting the Spaceman Layer 3: So now I want to do some detail ing again with my number one brush. I'm gonna go in there and take a little water on my palette and mix some of this over here to make just a slightly lighter color. I'm gonna come over here and fill this in this side of the helmet as well as the bottom here. Then I'm gonna come over here and some of this Prussian blue pick that up on my brush, and I'm gonna Kohler in some of the patches and I probably just color them in maybe 80% of the way, leaving some white expose of the paper. And I'll do this here is well on these two and then I'm gonna take a little register for contrast. Just a sharp point of this parallel in red and make this stripe here, pull that down with a damp brush, blend those two colors together with my same brush. I'm gonna take some of that gray that we next and I'm gonna add emphasize some of the shading here. So over here, I'm gonna go around it one more time, and then I'm gonna come here and make this a little thicker as well as underneath the helmet. And then I'll go around. The body here is Well, I'll do this on all sides. Rinse my brush and just blend that edge out slightly just to create a fuzzy layer. If it doesn't blind enough, I can go back in on the area. I just wet and deposit some color. And I like to do that. Over here is well, let this layer dry will come back in at just a few final touches. 17. Painting the Spaceman Layer 4: So now again, with my gel pen, I'm gonna go in here and just create a few little dots in the background of little stars. Just little lines here and there. Gonna add another few highlights here to the helmet. And you just like this. And then I want to include either the name of the astronauts or the date here, and I think I'm gonna include the date of lift off. So that was May 30th and I have my space man page completed. The next chapter will start on the rocket. 18. Painting the Rocket Layer 1: so to start on the rocket here, I have my image, um, sketched out. We're gonna start with the background, and I'm just going to a light gray background. If you wanted to do it blue like the sky, you could I'm doing it kind of where it's in dry dock here. So I have my paper wet on the outside, and then I'm gonna go in there with a little bit of gray and a little Prussian blue, go back in a little more gray and then just some water, and I'm gonna just take it and just go right down the exterior here, creating that shape of the rocket and I'll flip to the other side. There we have it just like this switch to my number one brush and I'm gonna go in there, and I'm gonna mix just a little purple in a little Prussian blue. And so now I'm gonna take this color, and I'm just gonna go over the areas that I want them till a very metallic. So this little ring up here as well as thes little um, I don't even know what they are. But these little devices and then would take that same color, and I'm gonna fill in some of these these buttons or portholes. And I'm also gonna go underneath these things here just to create a shadow effect. I'll go down the side of the rocket, and over here is well, gonna let this layer completely dry. 19. Painting the Rocket Layer 2: So I'm gonna start adding the details after my layer is dried here. Gonna go in there with some red and on the falcon. They used, like, a implication of a falcon head here, which is kind of a neat touch. So I'm gonna go in here with some parallel in red and mix it with just a little deep green , and that gives me a reddish color very sharp. And I'm gonna go in here. I'm gonna paint that falcon. So create the nice shapes here of their little logo. - Just like that little coming over here with a little bit of just the straight parallel in red. Very intense color on my brush and just painted along the bottom here of this logo. Then why have that parallel in red? I want to go over the flag here. I'm not gonna make the flag exact, but I am gonna try and get the stripes right. So it's four stripes that meet with the top here of the blue, where are stars are and then three stripes below. And while that's drying, I just want to go over my nine here, so I'm gonna take some of that color that we used for the background, and I'm gonna paint that nine filling that in. Could take that color. Makes a little more black in with it. So it's less blue, more black, and I want to go in here and just very carefully outline this little nodule as well as this one. And then I'm gonna take that same color, and I'm gonna outline the entire rocket here. - And then I'm gonna outline these, um, metal plates or whatever they are, as well as creating that cross hatching texture on them. Again. I'm using a very light hand in a very sharp brush. Don't do the same on this side. I'll let this layer completely dry. We'll come back and add some final touches. 20. Painting the Rocket Layer 3: add the final touches. I wanna take my ink here, which is just black on a sharp warning brush. And they want to write the word falcon here. And then I'm gonna come in here, rinse my brush and take some of this blue here, and I'm going to mix it a little Prussian blue. And I'm just gonna create little dabs here to indicate the stars and Stripes the stars portion of the flag. I'll come back in again. I don't want this whole area to be blue just like that, that I'm gonna take a little more of this purple, mix it in with whatever is left on my palette from the initial shading, mix it in with just a little bit of water and create another layer here again, I just wanted to really emphasize the shadow because there's so much metal. I want to try and capture that without using making everything gray. So take that and I'll just kind of create a little bit of a shadow here with these little crosshatch is the texture as well as up here and there. We have our rocket page. We'll set this aside. We'll work on our galaxy page 21. Galaxy Layer 1: to create our galaxy pay. Just want a simple pays that looks like a galaxy. I have my page here. I'm gonna take it and I'm gonna put water down on it haphazardly. But I want to get about 85% to 90% of the page wet. I do want some areas that are not wet at this point. The other thing you'll need is just a little paper towel, toe lift, pigment and water. And then I'm gonna mix my colors here, thinking me to go with the blues and purples, and that will echo what we used in our painting. So I put two areas of purple down and now I'm gonna take a lot of blue and one and just a little bit of blue in the next one. So I still have a kind of a purple E and a blue call drinks my brush and I'm gonna make an area of black as well. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna deposit a moving line of black again. It's not solid. I don't want it to be solid. Gonna take it kind of put it around the edge to again, not covering the entire area. I'm gonna rinse my brush, remove some of the water, and I'll pick up this purple. I'm gonna deposit that and let that run do its thing. Then I'll pick up this blue move that throughout our galaxy as well. Come back in, take a little more of that purple to get some variation, and then I'll go back in with the Prussian blue, clean my brush, take some water on my brush and just dab it. Throw it right down at the paper. Then I'll come back in with this black deposit that in areas and toss that down as well. Well, and then I'll go through all my colors doing the same thing. This allows the colors to run, and it puts them randomly on the page. Then I'll just dab some color here and there. I'll let this layer dry, and then we'll come back and see how it dried and what we should do to the next layer. 22. Painting the Galaxy Layer 2: So now that our first layer has dried and I like the way it looks, I'm gonna go back in, went my brush and just dab it on my paper again. I want to be able to keep the pigment moving. And I don't want it to be supersaturated either Some to take my paper towel. Just dab some areas here, lifting up some of that witness. I gotta go in here with my colors again. You can add more pigment, and I'm just gonna deposit them here and there. I don't want any organic shape. I don't want any straight lines. I want lots of organic shapes. So we'll go in there with a wet brush and just make sure that that pigment keeps moving. Then go to pick up some of this purple. Put that down as well, and I'll do the same thing with the blue. Then lastly, I'll come with my brush and I'll get my toothbrush when you could also use your regular brush. And right now and it just has water on it. And I'm just gonna spray this piece. I'll do that a couple of times and it's really just trying to move the pigment around. Take my large brush and mix in just a little bit of yellow and I'm just gonna go on, deposit it just in a few spots and let it run, and then I'll go and I'll do the same thing. I'll make the rounds with my colors again in this matter, and lastly, I'll do a little bit of water could take my paper towel. I'm just gonna pick up some of the areas of pigment here. I like the shape it creates. Just like that. I'll let this layer completely dry, and then we'll add our finer final layer of stars. 23. Painting the Galaxy Layer 3: Now this layer has dried to get a final layer of stars, I'm taking some white wash. You could also use white ink. If you have that, um, white paint may work. It tends to fade very quickly, but it's worth a try if you don't have the wash and you want this effect. So then I'm just gonna take my brush and mix some water in with that makes some water. And with that to make that a thick but loose consistency, I don't want it to watery, and I don't want a too thick. I wanted to be able to spatter. So now you can either take your brush and just flick it onto your piece and that produces spots that look like this or you could take your toothbrush. And I like the effect the toothbrush gives. I do like to clean my brushes between using them, but then I just take my toothbrush and I went it and then I pick it up and then I get messy and I flick the results here, and I have kind of an interesting effect that looks like stars in a galaxy, and it's all those layers that we've built up with the colors and the lifting. It gives a nice effect. Well, if this completely dry, and then we'll come back and assemble our book. 24. Assembling the Journal: So now to assemble our book, we have all our pages and we have our cover. Um, I have a micron pen here and on the back of any of the paintings that we did, I wanted to record any information for my journaling. So on the back of this one, I think I'm gonna record the name of the astronauts involved the location in that type of thing. And I'll do that with each of these as I see fit. And that's how you can personalize it to yourself as well. And then it's time to decide what order you want to put the pages in your book. I like to put them in. Um, it doesn't matter really much, but I like to put in the order of approach to the space. So I start with the moon, Then I have the rocket, um, the space man and in the galaxy. But it's totally up to you. You just fit it inside your piece. And then I like to do just a dry run to make sure everything fits nicely. And it does. So I set it down my piece, and I like to take a clip mainly because we're working with so many pages, and it just kind of helps it sit where it's supposed to. Once again, I make sure everything is lined up, and then I take my stapler and I put it, Eyeball it in the middle Here. You could measure it if you want to be precise. And this is a heavy duty stapler, so it'll cut through. If it won't, you just take a staple and mark each spot where the staple will go, and then pierce through each of those pages and then put your staple through and press down on the back. I like to press down on the back anyway, because when I have a thick book like this, I think it just reinforces Staples. And then I have my completed space launch journal. 25. Class Wrap Up: So here we have our completed space launch journal. We started with the images. We trace them onto our watercolor paper, and then we created our paintings. I want to show you it in completion. So it's a little matchbook and it just unfolds. And it's kind of a nice keepsake or a little memory from a really epic occasion. And then we have each of the pages in here, and I like to do this three or four, and then I record notes on the back. You could modify any of the templates creating your own image using the same process. And here's just another version of the book, which is some modifications here. I outlined the image with Marker with permanent marker before I painted it, and I didn't put the fire. I just had it orbiting, so I thought that was kind of a fun look. The rest of it was pretty much the same. Um, I added, Instead of using gel pen, I sometimes just added marker, and the colors are slightly different, but you'll get that depending on the colors you choose to use. Take that right out, have that image. When we painted here ever included the astronauts name in the lift off time as well in the galaxy. And once again, depending on the colors you use for the galaxy, you'll get a different effect. So once again, here's the image we the book the space launch journal we created today. Thank you for joining me for this class. I hope you enjoy creating your own keepsake from a really monumental dating history. Please be sure to follow me here on skill share to get notified of future classes and please consider leaving a review. Thanks for watching.