Watercolor Galaxy Lettering: 3 Ways | Abbey Wilson | Skillshare

Watercolor Galaxy Lettering: 3 Ways

Abbey Wilson, @abbeyj4433 | Artist | Teacher

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14 Lessons (2h 19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Transferring Text from Printer Paper to Watercolor Paper

    • 4. Using an IPad as a Make-shift Light Box

    • 5. Exploring Color and Blending with Markers and Paint

    • 6. Practicing Galaxies using Paints

    • 7. Practicing Galaxies using Brush Pens

    • 8. Adding Stars

    • 9. Technique A: Using Paint to Create a Galaxy Letter

    • 10. Technique B: Using a Brush Pen as a Base for Painting a Galaxy Letter

    • 11. Technique C: Using Brush Pens to Create a Galaxy Letter

    • 12. Demo/Project Example: Shine Like the Stars

    • 13. Demo/Project Example: Reach for the Stars

    • 14. Project Examples and Conclusion


About This Class

In this class, you will learn three techniques to create galaxy lettering and also learn one layer galaxy painting techniques. Technique A is using watercolors and a paintbrush to fill in the outline of lettering with a galaxy. Technique B is using a brush pen to lay down lettering as a base and then using watercolor paint and a paintbrush to create a galaxy on top of the brush pen base. Technique C is to use brush pens and water to create galaxy letters.

The class will begin by going over supplies used and show two ways to transfer text. The two ways to transfer text include: using your iPad as a makeshift light box and how to transfer text from print to watercolor paper using pencil. The class will then go on to explore colors and blending - both watercolor and brush pen.  Next, I will demonstrate how to create six different galaxies in rectangular shape for practice.  Once we have practiced making galaxies in rectangles, I will then get into the three techniques to create galaxy letters by demonstrating step by step how I paint them in letters: A, B, and C. I will also include how I add starts to the galaxy and how to make three different shadows to make your letters pop. The class will wrap up with two bonuses - demonstration and time-lapse of two different project examples, "Shine like the Stars" piece and "Reach for the Stars" piece. I end the class with a discussion on ideas for the class project.


Exact supplies I use in the class:

  • Paper: Canson XL watercolor paper, coldpress, 140 lb 300g
  • Paint Brushes: Princeton Neptune - Round, size 2 ; Faber Castell brush from the connector set of paints comparable to a size 8; A flat brush with stiff bristles for making stars
  • Paint: Royal Talens Ecoline liquid watercolors - 337, 311, 205, 600, 578, 507, 700
    Dr. PH Martin's Bleed Proof White
  • White Gel Pen: Sakura Gelly Roll and Uniball Signo
  • Waterbased Markers: Tombow Dual Brush Pens - 755, 933, 055, 245, 443, 606, 015, 065, 075, 095
  • Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen fineliner
  • No. 2 Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Two water containers
  • Absorbent cloth: paper towel

Option Supplies I use in this class:

  • IPad
  • Computer with Microsoft Word, printer, and printer paper
  • Heat Gun
  • Metallic Gold Paint: Kuretake Starry Colors Palette - No. 903
  • Washi Tape