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Watercolor Galaxy Lettering: 3 Ways

teacher avatar Abbey Wilson, @abbeywilson.art | Artist | Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

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

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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

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Abbey Wilson

@abbeywilson.art | Artist | Teacher


Hello, I'm Abbey! @abbeyj4433

I have a love of all things art.  I especially love watercolor and lettering and love to combine the two with illustration. Some of my favorite subjects to paint are flowers, galaxies, and wave letters. I have also gotten into pet portraiture and love painting all animals. I am inspired by nature and love being outside.  I am currently staying at home with my two daughters but am a former teacher with a bachelors degree in visual art and a masters degree in teaching. I love to connect with people through creating and am so happy to share my love of art with others while teaching!

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1. Introduction: Hi. Welcome to watercolor galaxy lettering. Three ways. My name is Abby Wilson. I have a bachelor's degree in visual art and I have a masters in teaching, and I'm currently a state home. Mom, this is my second skill share class, and I'm extremely excited to be here, and I'm so happy that you're interested in how I create my watercolor galaxy letters. So this class could be for beginning or intermediate artists and letters who have just never done galaxy lettering and want to give it a try to add to their bag of tricks. Or it could be for somebody who has never done lettering before and just wants to try it out, because I'm actually going to share two ways that you can transfer a text onto your watercolor paper so you don't have to have that experience. So I'm hoping that there is a little bit for everyone in this class. The class will begin by going over supplies used and show two different ways that I transfer text one would be using your iPad is the makeshift light box, and then the other would be a trick that I use to transfer text from paper onto your watercolor paper, and then the class will go on to explore colors and blending both with watercolor and with the brush pen. Next, I will demonstrate how to create six different Galaxies in rectangular shape for practice. And then once we've practiced making Galaxies in that shape, we'll get into the three techniques I used to create galaxy letters by demonstrating step by step, how I paint them, and that will be done in these letters A, B and C. I will also include how to make three different shadows to make your letters pop. And then the class will wrap up with two bonuses, a demonstration and time lapse of two different project examples. The one here shine like the stars and this one reach for the stars. I will end the class with the discussion on ideas for the class project and like I mentioned in my first go share class, that's my favorite part. When I teach somebody art or give them inspiration for something, I love to see what it is that they make and how they changed it around and brought their personality out and put it into their artwork. So please please share whatever it is that you gather from the class. Can't wait to see your work. And I'm really looking forward to getting started. 2. Supplies: all right, I'm gonna go over a list of the supplies that I use in this class. It's a rather long list for this class. So do not feel like you have to have everything that I'm about to show you. I'll give you a couple different examples to use if you don't have exactly what I have. But for the most part, whatever it is that you have at home, I'm sure you can make work. The type of watercolor paper that I'll be using today is Skansen Excel watercolor paper. It's cold press. It is £140.300 gram. It's one of my favorites to use because it is fairly an expensive, and I like to practice with it because of the quality. So I don't feel like I'm wasting really good paper. So that isn't the watercolor paper that will be using, which is right here. Um, since there are three different techniques in the class, you use slightly different materials with each one, although for the most part it's pretty much the same. So this letter I used all of my paints. I didn't use any brush markers in this, and the paints I use are the ICO line brand by royal talents. It's pretty much a rainbow of colors and black, so you don't have to use exactly these color. So I'm just gonna show you some options. And as I go, I use the rainbow. So red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet will dio so primary and secondary colors. For the most part, I also use Doctor Ph. Martin's bleed proof white. That's how I splatter my stars on their while I'm talking about white. I also use a white jelly roll or a boy paint pen. Or any type of opaque white marking tool will work for the paintbrushes. I used to round brushes, a larger one and a smaller one. This one's probably comparable to an eight doesn't have a size on it. It came with my connector pit connector set of the Faber Castell paints I have, and it has a nice pointy tip and holds a lot of water. So I really like this one for larger spaces and then for the smaller spaces, I'll be using a size two. It's a Princeton Neptune brush round, and then I have a trustee flat brush Here. It's a nice old brush with stiff bristles. And I use this when I am splattering the white paint onto my lettering for stars. Um, to go over the markers. I'll be using do brush pens in this class By Tom Bow. You can use Crayola markers. You can use any type of water based marker so that it blends with water. It will work so any brand of water based pens will work markers. Whatever it is that you have at home again, I'll be using pretty much a rainbow of colors so reddish pink, and I'll list all of these in the description of the class. So you'll have exactly every number and exactly every color that I use. So again, primary secondary colors. And then I use the end 65 75 1st shading as well as the end 15. It comes in handy for shading and outlining, and then I used the N 95 as a base for lettering. So if you're gonna right in your own style with your brush pens, um, just get the pay list, one that you have the lightest color that it's just gonna leave a mark on the paper, and then we're gonna paint over top of that, either with pain or with brush pens. So and 95 is what I used to lay down the base of my lettering. And then with any class that you're taking art wise, you're probably going to need a pencil. Any racer for watercolor? I used two different water containers, one for clean water, one for the dirty water to rinse my brush out in, and I use a paper towel. You can use any type of absorbent rag. You'll need some washi tape. It's not. This is an option. You don't have to have the Washington, but I use it to section off pieces of my paper when I'm making Galaxies when we're practicing. And I also use it to hold down my paper when I'm transferring print from a computer onto the watercolor paper such as this, Um, so that's an option to I'm gonna be teaching you how to transfer lettering if you've never lettered before from a computer onto your paper so that you can fill in these outlines letters once they're on your paper with the galaxy. So printer paper. I use Microsoft Word to print this off again. That's an option. The other option that you can use is your iPad as a makeshift lightbox. So I have an iPad, and I'm gonna be using the procreate app inside of the iPad and then another option. If you're impatient like me, this heat tool speeds up the drying process. If you can't wait, I have a problem. Sometimes when it comes to that, another option you don't have to have. But I'm gonna be using the storytellers palate by current taki in one of the sections just to insert some gold into your galaxy. And I will also be using a fine liner by Faber Castell. This is the pit artist pen. Fine, Lehner. And this is good for this type of shading here and for outlining touching up the edges of your letters once you create your galaxy. So I think that I've got everything listed. And like I said, don't feel like you have to have exactly what I have. Any option that will work for you is gonna make some nice galaxy letters, so let's go ahead and get started 3. Transferring Text from Printer Paper to Watercolor Paper: all right in this section. I'm gonna go ahead and show you how I transfer text that is on regular printer paper onto my watercolor paper. This is show card Catholic. I made this using my computer and Microsoft Word printed it off. So once I do that, I take my paper that has the lettering on it. I'm gonna turn it over. You can see through the back. If you want to take this and put it up against the window, tape it to the window. It allows you to see through it easier, but you can see this is nice and dark. You can even see through it. I believe on film. So what I'm gonna do is around the edges. I'm going to just make nice, dark pencil marks. So it's like, I'm gonna make a carbon copy, but I'm transferring it instead of with carbon. It's with your pencil. Okay. So once you have the stars all nice and penciled in on the back, I'm gonna line it up on my paper where I want it to go and I'll I'm going to say, Here's my watercolor paper. Um, from the top to the bottom and I want it to be about 2/3 of the way down because the finished product is going to say reach for the above the word star, So it's gonna be in my hand writing above it, So I'm gonna leave space for that. So we're gonna put it about here, and if I measure from my lettering to the bottom of the page, it's about 2.5 inches. So here's how I make myself set up. There's the 2.5. I'm going to give myself a mark on the left side of the paper, in the center and on the right side of the paper. And once you have three dots, you could make a straight line. So I've got three dots going across my page. I'm gonna line up and very, very lightly going to sketch a line across their very lately. So I changed the focus of that. You can see the line there, so my line is very faint. Um, now that I know where I wanted to go, I can take my stars, and I'm gonna line it up with my line so I can see through that. It's starting here in here. And that's gonna be connect this point to this point with my ruler, so I can see that'll work right there across the page. So once you have this, um, laid out, you can take your washi tape and tape it down to the watercolor paper so that I don't move the paper as I'm doing the tracing. If you want to use too for good measure, that's always a good idea. So I put one at the bottom of the paper to that You can't see. Okay, so now all you have to dio is press firmly an outline. Your letters. Okay, Once you outline it with the pencil double check yourself. Make sure you got the insides of all your letters and all the edges there before. I totally I'm gonna only on tape one side before. I totally take the tape off just so that it doesn't move. I'm gonna check it. It looks good. I'm gonna go ahead and do that. Okay, so now we have the word stars on our paper, And if you want to go back and adjust anywhere that doesn't have a perfectly straight line with a ruler, um, you can go ahead and and do that. I'm not a huge perfectionist. And so I feel like any kind of little imperfection in hand. Lettering just gives it more character. So I'm good with house. That how it iss So now that you have this transferred onto your paper, you can go ahead to the next step. 4. Using an IPad as a Make-shift Light Box: alright in this section, I'm gonna show you how I use my iPad as a makeshift lightbox. So I went ahead and I turn the brightness up to full and I'm in the procreate up. I'm gonna go ahead and hit the tool up here to add, and then I'm gonna add text. Once you get to the text, you can, um you can change it to whatever lettering he would like. I'm gonna go with the words stars Capital. And then once you put your lettering in, we're gonna edit the style. Um, currently, the font selected his impact. I'm gonna leave it at that because I want it to be nice and fat so that I can fill those in with galaxy, um, painting. So the size I'm gonna change, I'm gonna go ahead and make it bigger. And before I do that, I'm just gonna bring this up. So let's say about that. Looks good. And then I'm gonna also mess with the Kern ing because right now it's really tight. And if I want to put a shadow behind these without touching each letter, there's not enough room, so I'm gonna go ahead and change the current ing make those spaced out just a tad will put it at 3.6 and then the thought is 2227.4 point. So that gives you any relative idea about how big this actually is. Now I had done and it's on my paper. I'm gonna go ahead and get out these galaxy bubbles that I made while I was just playing around with the different watercolors and mixing to see what would happen. Um, kind of look like these bubbles. So I thought I'm going to save that, and I'm gonna use it for this. So I made a line, just like in the last demonstration on this paper with a ruler, and I measured it so that I knew where the line my paper up with my iPad. So once I put this on here, hopefully you can see through their um it's not super break, but I can see the words stars through there. It is a tad bit big, so I'm just gonna pinch it down. IPads make it nice. And that fits pretty good in there. So once you have your lettering, um, set up underneath, I just hold it steady. This isn't as exact as the other example that I showed you how you can transfer lettering, but it still works. So I'm going to go ahead now and just trace over the letters with pencil. Okay, so have it traced. And now I can fill that in with some Galaxies. 5. Exploring Color and Blending with Markers and Paint: Okay, so the first step that I want to show you is to play around with your paints to decide what colors that you want to use. Um, not gonna get too much into the color wheel or color theory. But when I'm picking colors for my Galaxies, I usually try to pick colors that are close to each other on a color wheel, which are called analogous colors. The reason I do that is because they blend really nicely together. An example would be like using blue, um, purple and pink because blue and red make purple. So when you blend these together, they always make some pleasing to the eye colors and they don't turn to mud. I'll show you three different color combinations that I work with, and we'll start with using the water based markers thes airline dual brush pens. And then, um, you're gonna need some water. And I have two different waters when I'm working with Galaxies. When I'm painting any kind of watercolor, I used two different water containers. You can't see him there off to the right, but I have a clean one and a dirty one, and that's just to keep some water nice and clean when you're blending into these colors, especially when you're using the markers because you're just gonna take the clean water so you don't want to have that money water to put on top of your paint that's on the paper. So here's how I play around. So I'm just gonna make a line. And with the blue, I think purple. And then I'm taking my paintbrush, dipping it into the water clean water. And I'm just gonna bring my colors to meet each other so that you can see how they blend and you can see as you're touching the purple ink, you can pick it up. It's now on my brush and you can tap it into the blue. I'm gonna clean my brush and get some fresh, clean water again. And then I'm just gonna bring my pink to meet my purple. And again I lift up in tap, my brush in there. So there's an example. You can also play around in a circle form and notice I'm leaving some white space in between the colors as I play, just said that there's room for them to move and bleed together, clean my brush, Get some fresh water and I have my neck and handy to for any drops of water you put on your paper. And then you can also take the black marker here just so that you can play around with that dark part of the galaxy going into so can spread that around and see it. Okay, so that was with the the combination with the markers. So now I'm gonna go ahead. I have just my small brush here, clean water on it, and then do the same thing with my liquid watercolors this time. So there's my blue cleaning it out of my dirty water and I'll go into I'm gonna make a purple here. I actually don't have purple liquid watercolors. I need to purchase that. I am making mine every time that I used purple. So I just took the blue. That's a dark blue violet as it iss. And I'm gonna get some pink clean my brush, getting some more pink case you need to make colors. There's a quick little lesson on blending colors. If you didn't already know, So gonna blame blend that into the blue and then going to go right into the pink with a clean brush. Same thing you can like tap here and there to bring your colors around. Right? We gotta do our circle here, so let's see. There's some purple here, some blue. Here's some pink in that one. I left a space in there. I'm gonna clean my brushes announced just water and I'll bring them together like that. Clean my brush, just water and then clean brush. I tapped it dry a little bit so that it doesn't take over with the black, and you can see whatever looked like with the black. So there's those three. I'm going to do the same thing with green, blue and yellow, and then I'm gonna do the the same thing with read reddish pink, obviously orange and yellow. And I'll just do this real quick in a sped up time so that you can see what happens with those colors and you as you're doing your projects and practicing and playing, I can feel free to expand and use any colors that you want to use your favorite colors so that you can really like what it is that you've made. This is just like I said, playing around, though. So play around, find what colors you like, what looks good together when you blend them and choose those. - Okay , so those air three different color combinations that I played with. Like I said, feel free to go ahead and mix and match and get used to how the paint flows on the paper, especially if you've never blended using the water based pens. Sometimes certain colors will look a little different compared Teoh others. So it's It's always good to play around with him before you start a project. So if you haven't done that yet, go ahead and play around and then we'll move on to the next step. 6. Practicing Galaxies using Paints: all right, in this section, I'm gonna go ahead and show you how to make um one layer Galaxies. I call him loose Galaxies because, like I said, it's just one layer. I'm just putting it on their loosely and I'm letting the color blend and bleed and do the trick on their own. Um, I'm gonna be doing it with the watercolors and with the markers as well. And I just used washing tape to divide my paper up into these sections. You can use thes after you are finished. You can cut on. They could be like a bookmark or a name tag. Or just like a little gift that you can mail to somebody. So you can use this after you're done practicing. So to begin, I have my water off to the side. You can't see it. It's over here. I have my paper towel. Here. Just build some water. Use it. The brush that I'm using is that favor Castel one that came with those connector paints that I really like. It has a very fine tip. It holds a lot of water, so I'm going to use this to make these bigger Galaxies and The reason that we're making these Galaxies is just so that you can practice with the galaxy itself before having toe confine it to inside the lettering. Because it's much harder. I feel to get your galaxy to to work on and move inside of the letters than it is in a bigger space like this. So we're just gonna go ahead and practice in this space before we get to the lettering. So the first thing I'm gonna do is apply water to the paper and I'm gonna wet pretty much my whole space for this. Like I said, this is a loose one. I just like to have the surface wet so that we can use wet on what technique Here to create a nice loose galaxy. And I'm gonna try and leave the center area here, um, kind of open and light so more white will be there. But I just gathered that blue paint on my brush and I'm gonna tap it in. I love to watch it bleed on the paper, cleaning my brush. I'm gonna go into my pink And when that pink goes inside of that blue, it's just that beautiful purple that I showed you already. It's like I said, I'm gonna kind of try and leave that white and just let the paint bleed together there. So you're some more blue, and then I'm gonna go ahead and I don't have a purple ego line Liquid paint. So I'm gonna take this blue violet color and I'm gonna make some pink and with it to create my purple that we can use here. So even though there's already purple happening, you really only need two shades. Two colors, I should say So I'm just going to take a clean brush here inside of this white area and just add some water to it. No, As you are adding paint, you want to go ahead and tap it in, or you can pull the the paint around. But notice were you like, if I want to pull over here when I let go see how it makes that plume of water? Um, just keep that in mind, like if you want to keep the pink more pink here or the bloom or blue here stayed with your brush on the paper, all where you wanted to stay blue and then let go where you want it to blend. So if I get some of the pink and I go back over top of that there, then we're gonna put some pink here, keeping it all down, and then I can lift up their tap in some of the other darker color there. Okay, so there's that light I like to see. That happens sometimes. When you're working inside of the lettering, it's harder for me in any way to leave, um, a nice, big white area just because you have such a small space toe work in. So it's fun to practice here to see how much space you have to leave to keep it white. I'm just gonna go ahead and touch this with some blue. It's a little details happening. Okay, so there's the 1st 1 with no black. We're gonna add the black now, So I clean my brush and I dried it off. So it's not super wet, and I'm gonna go into my black clean off the tip so that it's not too saturated, and I'm just gonna tap in the edges. And like I've mentioned, where you tap it's gonna expand. If you kept your paintbrush close, It won't see how you could, like, hold it down When you let go is where it will, where it will flow. Then you can also take this black and put some inside of your area here you can. Like I said, tap ident anywhere that you'd like. I could So that was pretty much done besides the the stars, which will do after it dries. So I'm gonna move onto the next one before we do the stars, and I'll just do this starts altogether. Okay, so we're going to do that again. This time, I'm going to use a slightly different technique so that I watered down first. So that was all wet on wet with this one. I'm gonna keep the paper dry, and I'm just gonna keep adding paint to the paper. Okay, So what? This one? We're gonna go to the green going to do green, blue and yellow. So I'm going to start with the green and again, no water on the paper this time, and you can see it's not spreading out like it did in this one. It's staying put wherever I place it. Just dropping some blue into their No This is where I'll put some water. I'll keep some weight in the center as well. Good. Not necessarily white, but just later area. So that is just water there. It's coming down. Push up, Back up there. It doesn't want to stay. That's okay, though. Cleaning my brush out in between each color. No, you'll see. With this method, you get this harder edges there it takes more blue, and I'm just gonna kind of tap it into the top. You drive my brush off. That was with a damp brush that I just did that. It's to create a softer edge right around here, but still, keep that later area. Now, here's another way that you can get some more light to say You want that to be even later than it iss, um, can add some water to it, then pick it up with your brush dry brush and then pick Get up with your brush. It's like you're mopping it. And then once you get this set, you'll go around the edges with the black, just like in the other one. I'm just adding some blue for some darker tunes in there. Now we'll go around the outside edge. Same as with the other one. And there's the 2nd 1 You know, if the next one, I'll show you how I add if you if you want to do this, But you can do the same stuff, and then we're gonna take our Ph. Martin's bleed proof white and, um, create more white inside of our galaxy. So we'll get that ready, and I'm gonna go ahead and what this down on, we'll go with the deep orange first. That's just so fun to watch. Mm. Really? You some pink in this one? So I covered that pretty quick. Okay, Now I'm just gonna take my white, and I'm gonna happen in and make some fun. Come, things happen. So I'm gonna go ahead and take some more white filled up my brush there, and I'm just gonna tap it in, clean my brush, get somewhere Well, too much water. I'm gonna drive my brush and then just pull it up like him up. Okay, That looks pretty good. I'm gonna let that dry 7. Practicing Galaxies using Brush Pens: so I'm gonna let that dry and show you how to make a galaxy using your brush pins. Very similar. So I'm just putting the marker down onto paper. I'm gonna get some water, and I'm gonna start blending it. I just pulled that purple through the blue. I'm leaving a space there where it's gonna blend together. So I left a white space so that they're not right on top of each other When they hit when the colors hit, there's still some room for them toe mix. I'm just tapping my wet blue brush into area of purple and then I'm cleaning my brush. This is just water, and I'm gonna bring that center together. They're so that it's later just touch him in the purple. No, I'm just kind of picking up the marker down here and bringing it right there. Now, you can either use your, um, dole brush pin touch your edges for a truly using just the brush pen for this and no water color. That's how you can do the edges. Or you could go in and get some Blackwater color and go on top. I just blended that in all the way around the edge. No, this one will put the black on first. I'm gonna make it deepened darker away around, and then we'll have a smaller galaxy on the inside of that. And what this one will do Some greens and yellows, like in that. So I'm just putting that marker down on the paper. You're at a touch of blue a little bit more. Great. Okay. I'm gonna get my brush and just add water. I'm gonna start here and work my way into the block. I don't want quite as much water here, so I tapped off my brush, dried it just a little bit over here on my paper tell before going right here just so that it doesn't have so much water, that it gets money seeking practice controlling your water in this step. So now I'm just going into the black, pulling it into the edges, kind of lost on blue. They see a little bit of a down at the bottom. So, while it's what, you can do this once or twice before it soaks up your ink. But I just wanted to add a little bit more blue up here. Since I have some down here. I came clean my brush. I'm just gonna blame this down a little bit. Okay? So there's a thick black outline, And then with this last one, I'm going to use a combination of, um, markers and paint, in case you don't have all the colors mark of markers that you want or all the colors of paint that you want, you can like, mix and match, and you really can't tell the difference. I'm also gonna show you how to incorporate some gold. So gonna start with that with the brush pin? You know what? It and just turn it into liquid paint. Um, lighten it up here and there. Okay? And then I'm gonna go ahead and take, um, my paints and add to it. Those two colors don't necessarily blend well together. They turn into a Halloween color, but if you had some pink to the center of him helps out. But I don't even mind it up here because this is gonna blend into the black so it's OK that it gets that darker color brown in there. It's gonna look nice with the gold accents that I stick in it. Here a minute. Okay? Clean brush cleaned it again. There's a lot of paint here, so I'm just gonna pick it up. Its name thing cleans Damn brush. Okay. Says this is the story colors palette. And I'm gonna take this 903 get nice and wet here, and I'm just gonna touch it in a little more Philip, my brush and then you can just creates a magical gold space is just like that. Blends right on in, gives it some shimmer. And then I'm gonna go ahead around the outside well, here in a second around the outside, and add my black so cleaned out when brush I went into the black paint. And when it blends when this black blends in with that orange and red, sometimes it has that brownish color, which is good for this particular one, especially with Thea Gold in there. I like it when it looks a little more brown than black, like some jewel tones and looking at that top one right above this, it doesn't have any black around it at all. So that's another option. You could just leave the black off. So there's a totally different color example for you. And once they drive, we're gonna add some scores 8. Adding Stars: Okay, so we're gonna add some stars now. And I got out a stiff flat brush here that I can flick nicely. Um, my proof for you. I'm just gonna go over all of it. So it makes this nice spray. I like a lot of stars, especially when they get small like that with this spray. So if you don't like that, I will show you on the bottom how to do it so that it's not quite so many tiny little stars . You have more big, prominent stars, but what I do is a mix. So again, we'll be doing this throughout, spray it on there. Some given it a second count here, and I'm gonna do it to this 12 and then I'll show you on the other two. Oh, I I'll show you on the 1st 1 of this, Given this a little bit. Stars around the outside like a fine mist. The stars. Okay. And then you can get out your gel pen or your paint pen or a fine brush so we'll start with a brush. This is the size to You can get an even smaller one than this. Um, but you can go back in now and at large stars here and there. So I just throw him in there, this random as I can make them. Sometimes I'll put a few together and then just spread him out. You're gonna hear me say this, probably throughout the rest of the class as I'm doing it. Okay, if you twist that brush into a point, you couldn't even find our line. And I'm gonna throw in some shooting stars here and there, like how I one turned out. So I cleaned my brush with the next one. I'll show you how you can use a jelly roll or, you know, ball or whatever it is that you have. Paint marker, Same thing. Sometimes it takes a while for me to get this ink flowing. Good. So give it little circular motions here. You can never get mine to just tap on their very nicely every once in a while, So I'm going to make a plus sign. Then I'm gonna connect center. So there's a big star there and we'll give it another big star or here. So there's two big stars in that one. I clean my brush just so that got the thicker pain out of it. And now I can get a fine tip again to do some shooting stars. And then I'm gonna go ahead and make just a few large around stars And with this one, I'm gonna just make some shooting stars I'm making go in random directions. I'm gonna dio one big star But I'm gonna make it fine unlike the last one toward I want to put Let's see. I think I'm gonna go right here. So I'm going to do a plus sign barely touching the paper. What I'm gonna do an X It's smaller than the plus sign. So they're going to star as well. I'm gonna give this a couple of bigger ones here and there too. Try this again. So down here, I'm gonna used the Univ all I'm sorry. This is a jelly roll. You use the jelly roll pen to make my stars. So I'm like, I keep them together. Then I kind of space him out. Then I get together in cluster. Um then space him out. Cluster spreading now so you can do it with this if you don't have any, um, Ph Martin's bleed for Voight or any hope. Equate paint. It just takes a lot longer so you can see these air finer points they don't like, spread like those ones, Dio which I like, Um, a lot. But I also like that. These are pointy and sharp, so it's just a matter of preference for you. Okay, So I'm gonna add some bigger stores here in there again spread him out here and then even with this one, if you wanted, you could do a a larger star. It's kind of therapeutic to make all these little dots. Then I'm gonna add another star here. Okay, So that was finished. Gonna get my round brush out again, and it's pretty watered down, but you don't want it super watery. You want a nice combination here? So this is why it's good to practice. Um, a nice combination of painting water about one. It liquidy so that it splats, but he wanted to deal pick. Okay. So rather than having that splatter splatter that this has these air more fine as well, more focused. I like them. I feel like you could never have too many. Okay, well, this brush, I'm gonna going to make some big ones with this large brush that I have over here and my gold As you can see, once it dried how it took over, That's okay, that's one shiny. So I got my small brush going into my sleeper foi. I'm twisting it so that it gets that point on the tip and this one I'm just gonna leave it as it is. I really like how it looks with the splatters new giant stars in it so you can see the variances that you can create. So again, I'm making a circle inside of this focal star and I'm just going top to bottom, going to do another circle here. I think that it looks best if you keep your lines parallel. So, like, um, the next one that I do is gonna be the same plus sign rather than tilted like an X by parallel. I meant my vertical lines are the same here as here. And my horizontal line would be parallel here in here This time I'm gonna do three. You can go use this one. Oh, my hair might be in the shot. I just realized it's hard for me to keep my head away from the paper when I'm working on the field. Parts of it. How funny. I've been my head down. Just give a few more. All right, so there six different kinds of Galaxies. You don't have to copy them. Exactly. You could just use them as inspiration or reference. But if you'd like to share the use in the project section, you can do that. This could be the first little project, like a mini project to create Galaxies outside the letters. And then our next step, we're gonna go ahead and start making letters, and we'll practice doing the galaxy inside of the letters. And then we will go ahead after that and do the main project the lettering. Peace with galaxy letters involved in it. 9. Technique A: Using Paint to Create a Galaxy Letter: Okay, so I'm gonna go ahead and show you, um, a few different ways that you can fill in the inside of your letters to make the galaxy. I just went ahead and sketched an A on the paper already just for hand, just so that you can see if you don't want to sketch your own letter onto the paper, you can use one of the transfer techniques to practice. So here's my paints. Um, I'm going to use three colors that are close to each other on the color wheel. So the blue this is a darker blue ish purple, so it's more of a blue violet, and then this is pink and they would be close to each other on a color wheel because blue plus red, which would be this pinkish here, make a purple e color. So all three of those go together nicely, and when they blend, they won't get muddy. And then I'm also gonna use black ready now, so I have my brush. This is the size to Princeton. Neptune is what I'm using. But again, anything that IHS small that you can control, um, will work pointing around brushes. So I'm gonna wet the paper first, right up against my line. And I'm not gonna do the entire A. I'm just gonna do some of it. So I've got that section wet from here to here, and I'm gonna get a little bit more water, and then I'm going to go into blue and I'm just gonna touch the edge here, let it do its thing. I love to watch the watercolor spread over the paper. I think that's cool. So I'm just taking care of that edge right now and letting it do whatever it wants down here where it's wet and it's allowed to flow together. So I clean my brush and then I tap it dry. I'm gonna go into the pink, and I'm gonna do the same thing on the edge. Here, you'll see how cool that purple turns when you put the two colors together so you can have ah, multiple three colored galaxy easily using just two colors. I think I wanna leave a little bit of light area down here, so I'm not gonna mess with that right there. I'm gonna let it stay because this is pretty much a one layer galaxy. I'm not gonna keep going back over top of the paint multiple times. It's like a loose galaxy. So I'm just my brush still has a little bit of that pink on it. And I'm just kind of messing right here where it's still dry. The paper is still dry, so notice it's pulling that really pretty purple color. And it's not blending anywhere because the papers dry when we get a smooth veg. There came cleaning my brush. And I'm not putting the black in just yet because I don't want it to fully run and take over. I'm gonna let that dry just a bit so that it still bleeds yet it's not going, Teoh. Overdo it. So I'm gonna leave another spot That was just water on my brush and I touched into the blue . I'm gonna leave another spot that has that white there, so I'm gonna try. Add some water to that without touching the paint this time. So clean my brush, have some water on it. We're just gonna do this right here. Wedding it down. Okay. I'm gonna go and touch the paint here, pull it down, then. I'm just gonna kind of go back up there. So now we have another wet section. Um, it's got that, um, light area in it. And I'm just gonna take some of this blue and I'm gonna go ahead and make this deeper. Give it more pigment. I really like this purple that happened here, So I'm leaving that alone. I clean my brush from tapping off a little bit of the water. I'm going into the pink again and just tapping it in. But I love what? On what technique? And like I said, I want to try and keep that late area there because the paint will blend as it drives. We'll become fuzzy without having to use any type of wait paint. You can still keep that fuzzy look there. Okay. And so this side is a little bit dryer than it was. It's ready for the black. So I cleaned my brush off, tried it, and I'm gonna pick up some black paint here and notice I'm gonna tap off some of the paint so that it's only on the tip of my brush. And you can also twist that brush so that it's a sharper tip so that it's easier for you to control And I'm just gonna tap on the edges here. Now, where you lift up, it's gonna spread. If you hold it down, go around the edge. It won't spread until you lift up. So where you tap it in, it's gonna spread off if you want to keep it a finer lying there, you leave it on the paper and then you left it up. I'm cleaning my brush. I'm gonna dry it off so that it's damn. And then I'm gonna spread this out a little bit because I waited just a tad too long. So I don't want such a harsh edge. I'm just kind of blending that in now with a slightly damp brush just so that, like I said, it's not a super harsh line. I want to be a little fuzzy. Okay, clean my brush. I mean, I got more water on my brush from drying off the edges, - so now I am going in gently. So now this whole section here is wet. I'm gonna go ahead and add my paint to it, but I'm gonna try and leave this area without too much paint because without too much pigment, because I don't want it. Teoh. Ever take all the weight there? I'm just adding some blue in here, and then I'm gonna go ahead over here while this is still nice and like on the edge cleaning my brush. See this mark right here? So this is a clean brush, Just kind of gonna blend this together here so that it's not harsh dots, although that would blend in after you start putting in the stars because just look like a big star. But I'm just gonna show you in case you ever have a section where it's like, Oh, I missed that A little bit of blue to it. It's all you can go in and blend it on out if you need to. So I'm gonna have some, um, water here. You kind of have to work fast. If you're only doing one layer because, um, it dry. So either do small sections if you're having a hard time keeping it wet, or you could go a little faster. So I just grabbed my pink painting, added it in there, and I like how this is looking here. So I'm gonna kind of leave that as late as I can. There. This is still wet down here, so I put my pink in. It's the same with the black. If you hold that brush onto the paper, it's not gonna plume out or spread so much until you let go. Minute spreads out. Okay, clean brush. This is dry over here. I'm just You're gonna add some water here before I go to the black. So adding this water, you can see I hit the paint there. It's gonna pull it down, which is fine. Okay, I'm gonna leave that go clean my brush and going into that black, but getting it just on the tips home, taking off the excess there, rolling it up and go ahead and tap it. Here. You can watch it spread. You can see where I didn't tap it. It doesn't spread as much. You can always touch up your edges with a black from Penn or Marker case. You don't get the smoothest edge that you're looking for. So I'm just adding water again. Over here. Can see it pulling the paint. It's already in the water. I'm gonna try and leave that area light like up here. Possibly right here. so I didn't have much water on my brush just now. I dried it off on the napkin, and then I'm going in to pick up a puddle of water, cause I had I don't know if you could tell from the camera, but there was a bit of a puddle right there. You could see it pulling the water earlier, and I just didn't want to have it too wet right there so that it didn't get to, like, mixed up. We didn't want the paint of lead as much as it was going to there. Okay, so now I'm going to just go into my blue and I'm heavy on the pink on this side and have have these little things sections in here. I kind of like them, though, so I don't always blend them out. I think that they kind of look cool once it's dry. But since it's heavy on the pink here, um, I'm gonna touching a little bit of blue because it's still damp. There, you can see it's still spreading Just a little bit darker. Blue there. More pigment. I should save richer. I'm gonna go ahead into the pink on top of the blue. I want to try. Like I said to keep Tom the section later down here, so just tapped in gently. I'm gonna fix my edge here with just water on my brush. Now I'm gonna go into the blue, and I'm just getting a tiny bit. I don't have a lot of my brush right now. I just touched tip of the brush into the paint. Can that kept that light area there and here. Okay, that's gonna bleed still on, blend like outs looking. So I dried my brush, just it's had and I'm going to go into the black, barely touching the paper. You know what I was forgetting to do? Don't do that while it's still when you get dry, and then I'm gonna get a little extra black there. Okay? I'm gonna lift up some pain here just to make it a little later, like up in the top. So clean brush dried it off and it, like, absorbs so it can late in that area up a little bit. And I'm gonna do the same right here. No, I don't know if there maybe I wanted to be a little darker, so take that back. We had some blue to instead, they're okay like that. Like I said, clean damn brush. And you can kind of blend those. And if you like, So that's the basics of how I would fill in using watercolors and a paintbrush. So once it's dry completely, you can add your stars in, and I use a combination of lead proof white and a jelly roll pen of some sort. This one is not a jelly roll. This one is the unit ball. But, um, either ways. So I'm gonna let this dry once that's dry, you can grab an old brush or any brush doesn't have to be old. A lot of times I like this one to be able to flick it. I know people use toothbrushes. You can use your round brush. This one would work as well, really filling up my brush here so that it's wet enough to splatter yet filled with pain enough that the stars are opaque. So this is messy and I usually have a splatter all around my desk. So if you want to, if you've never done this before and you wanna cover your space, that's probably a good idea if you don't want to get splatter on it. But I'm not worried about my space, so I just kind of flick it. And I really like the little miniature stars that it makes in there. So give it a second layer. No, here's something if you have, um, the splatter on the edges and you don't really want to see it, cause you kind of see it when it's dry, but not very much. You can just kind of wipe it now and you'll never really noticed that there was ever splatter. As long as you don't accidentally wipe it into your other colors, you won't notice too much. Um, I'm gonna give it one more little coat of stars as those ones dry. They get less opaque, their little lighter. So I'm gonna just I'm getting more paint here. Then we're gonna flick this on with technical term flick it. Sometimes I feel like I might go overboard on the stars, but I really like to see a 1,000,000,000 little stars inside of there. You can also take a tiny like a fine liner or, uh, a very small tipped brush. I'm still just using my to, and I'm putting some lead per flight on it. So here's one way that you could go back in with bigger stars and just use your brush tip and add some more prominent stars. So this is my favorite technique. This whole a here Miller case A, um, a favorite technique. When I'm creating galaxy letters, it's just loose and easy, and you don't have to worry about doing a lot of layers, and you still get a really cool effect, and I'm spreading these out trying to be a random about it. Kind of put a cluster here in a cluster there, and then you can also give a little shooting star here and there. Cut. You could also do what I just did with the unit ball, and I'll put a few on there with that or with your gel pen or your paint marker. I can't make thes lines. It's fine with one of thes, but sometimes I like those lines to be rolled, so it just depends what you're going for. So there's how we can add stars, and that's pretty much when I show you. The other way is to make the galaxy letters. Um, the stars are pretty much the same every time. What I just did. I'll show you different Boulder stars, though, And, um, darker streaks, but otherwise that might be the same. But here's the A with no shadows or any outlining. But so the next step would be to go ahead and, um, give this some dimension with a shadow again, You don't have to. The letter stands out pretty nicely as it is because it has that black outline. So you can take that a step further. And I'm taking my favorite Castell artist pen. That's, ah, fine liner. And I'm gonna go ahead and smooth up my edges and you don't have to outline the entire letter unless you want to smooth all the edges of the letter I've found as a right handed person. The right side of my letters always need touched up the left side. I'm much better at. So it's apparently the way that I use my paintbrush there. I'm not very good with the right side of my letters compared to the left. So I think that's why I also add my shadow to the right side all the time. Um In addition to making the letters pop, you can also correct any rough edges. Okay, that's pretty good for that. And then I'm gonna use, like and 65 Tom Bodo Brush pen on the brushed aside, some starting with a light pressure. And then as I come down, I'm pushing much more firm. You can hear it. I'm stopping there. I'm going to start with light pressure, and I'm gonna end with a little pressure. And if you have to clean off the tip of your brush so that you don't make that, um, paint, like if it picked up any of the black, it'll get darker. If it picks up a little bit of the purple or blue, this will sometimes look purple or blue, as you can see right there kind of pulled some from the edge. If you clean the tip off your brush off before you go down to make another stroke, sometimes that helps stop that from happening in this thunder. Very lately, I'm just gonna hit the edge of this year. I didn't get quite to the edge. Okay, then we're going to do inside of here. So what I did was pretend that the sun is shining from about right here. So if the slightest hitting this side of the letter, the shadow is gonna be on this side of the letter. So that's just the simple technique that the shadow is right next to your letter. It's touching. The edge is pretty simple. The other techniques. When I do a different technique with the letter, I'll show you a different technique with the shadow coming up next. 10. Technique B: Using a Brush Pen as a Base for Painting a Galaxy Letter: Okay. Now, I'm gonna go ahead and show you how to use the brush marker as the base, and then you could add your paint over top so we'll just write out a letter like, um, like, this one will dio. Well, we'll do a B. I wanted to be fat, so I'm giving it to layers. Okay, so there's maybe I think you can see it. Okay. On the camera. Um, this time we can use an earthier palate Will go with green first. So I'm not wedding the entire be first here. This one I I would wet inside this one. I'm going to start with a dry paper. I'm gonna add my paint right on top of it. Got a little water on my brush. Cleaned it out. There we go. So we got nice big puddle. Might have got a little too much water to have control with your water. Took me a long time to figure out. I'm gonna go ahead and take some up off of this. So I drive my brush that I'm just using it like a mop cleaning up some of that water. Now I'm gonna use a blue. So this is gonna be green, blue and yellow, earthy colors, that blue and green blend to make a Turk ways. But I think it's really pretty. I'm gonna need to scoop up some yellow. I'm gonna go ahead and speed up the painting process for the rest of the B because it is the same process as I used in painting the letter A except it's painting over top of the brush marker. - Okay , so here this I'm gonna pretend like I did this on purpose. So this is dry. I'll show you how you can add some black as a second layer without affecting the base layer too much. In case like me, You don't put your black in before it's dry. So I'm just doing this one. Give a couple thoughts inside of there, so I'm gonna clean my brush out. I'm gonna dry it off. So it's not super wet. It's just a very damp brush. And I'm just gonna kind of pull that out here and there. So it's a softer edge, not a hard edge on this. Be here. And then before I get to the part that was totally dry, clean brush, minimal water. It's not soaping. What? Sopping wet, Whatever the word is. What? It's not totally way. It's just damp. It's just stamp. I'm gonna put a layer of water down. Like I said, you don't want it to be super wet, or it will change the paint underneath of it. But no, I'm gonna give my black a little something to bleed into. So it's not just the hard edge. Even gonna touch on the inside a little bit. Clean it out. I'm gonna do a little spreading of the black here. Blended out just a little bit. So that was a very damp brush. I mean, slightly damp brush, Not very wet. Okay. And then anywhere you want to give that extra soft and edge, you can just go back in with that clean brush of water only and, um, soften it up, but I need a little more black right there on the edge. So there's my baby. So I got my blood proof white on my flat brush here, and I'm just gonna flick it. Um, if you ever want to just cover a section, I don't I don't necessarily want much more on that. Just in case I'm not flinging super hard here. Try and keep it contained. It's not easy to contain it. Okay, so there's a bunch of tiny little flecks of stars, and then you can go in with your gel pin, go with your paintbrush and at a few larger stars clustered together. Like I said, I try to make this random. And I just give it, like a 123 maybe 1/4 1 in there. I'm doing the same just so you can see it again with the paintbrush. I think I like the paintbrush better. I used to always just use the gel pen. But I feel like I have more control with my little fine point paintbrush here. And I'm getting do a, um, a star like that one there. Okay, so there's my B. So I'm using the fine liner to touch up my edges anywhere that it needs it, especially in this area right here. I'll show you a different way that you could do the shadow here. So this is the pencil, Um, again, The sun would be coming from a peer, so it's shining down on it. The right and slightly to the bottom are gonna have the shadow. So I'm drawing this pencil line for reference. Okay, so that's my pencil line that I'm gonna go over with my fine liner. So there's that line. And then if you just want a small, um, shadow you can take, I'm gonna show you to weigh so we'll go over top of this one after I do it. But this is the If you'd the Tampa feud that is in the colored pack, it's just gray a great feud, and I firm pressure all the way down from pressure all the way down. If you get a little too close, you can fix that with, uh, wait gel pen here in a second. So I started out with less pressure here. Thicker pressure here on the side. I kind of do the same amount of pressure the whole way. It's that curved edge at the tops and the bottoms where I don't use this much pressure, Okay. And then, if you wanted, you could. Instead of using the thin one here, you could use the, um, brush pens. Well, where is N 75 year It iss. So an end 75. You could go over top of that. And this is gonna give it a very faint second shadow. So there's that now anywhere that you need Teoh fix. Like if it got a little too close somewhere, would I say it was close? All right. Here, come in with your gel pen. Don't hit your ladder. Like I just give it that weight space back. No. Since I went over top of my black, I'm gonna touch it up here. So that's the second way to do a shadow. Oh, I missed the spot and missed a spot. 11. Technique C: Using Brush Pens to Create a Galaxy Letter: Okay. And for the third letter, I'm gonna go ahead and sketch a c. So we have a sketched. See, I got a blue finger. So I have a sketch. See, in this time, I'm gonna show you using three colors Haven't yet used yet. Um, brush pens. Here are These are the Tom Boo brush pens. You can use any type of water based brush pin for this. Anything that will blend Crayola marker works. So I have my outline of the sea, and I'm just gonna take my brush pen and on the edges. I kind of like to stay nice and neat. I'm just gonna kind of throw him out there, and I'm gonna leave some light space in there. So some white area here and there, - Okay . And I'm gonna take my brush, but it does it Just water. Um, I use a good bit of water for this technique. Just kind of lay it over top of it and let it, um, soak into the paints for a second. Then I'll start blending it around more. So try and keep this mostly white right there. No, wait. But later we missed to barely gonna touch this down here. We're gonna keep this part later. Same thing if you noticed. I push it out there and let it go. It spreads the paint more if you keep your brush down. Okay. I'm gonna add the rest of the this is still wet over here because I like I said, I use a good bit of water, so I'm gonna take the black. We're gonna outline that. - There's I see some using the bullet tip. I'm gonna go around the edge. It's still kind of wet, and you can see it starting to spread here and there. It's not super What? I guess, though, I have to go over it. - Okay . Now I'm gonna go back with my brush and pull that out here and there. So it's just a wet brush over top of this black. Oh, uh, okay, we can fix it. I'm getting a little careless with my paintbrush there. Clean brush. I dried it off chest a tad so that I can blend that out. There we go. Okay. What? It again? Lending that out a little bit. I'm gonna put the water across there, and then I'm gonna tap it out a lot of times. I'll, like, take that black and go around the edge of the pink or whatever color standing out there. I'm gonna go ahead and use this. Just a touch up the edges anywhere as I'm looking at it, I think I would like to add a little bit of blood. Yeah, spread it out just a bit. There. Give it a little more on that side. Okay, so we're ready for the stars. I like this brush for flicking, and it really covered up my paper on this one. So, like I did the first time, I'm gonna wipe up my wait around. Okay? So after I put those stars in like I mentioned, I'm gonna touch up just a little bit here and there. Back the edge on this side of it. Okay. Okay. All right. So with this one, I'm going to give it more of a bold shadow, so I'm gonna use my Tom Bo the end 15 and kind. So here's 1/3 type of shadow. Um, it's it's not a type of shadow. It's just gonna be black. I'm going to go over. I'm gonna try and leave. Just a skinny section of white. You can actually fix this with the bullet tip when I go in and fix this with the bullet tipped so very gentle pressure here, then thicker pressure as you go around the outside edge. So there's a bold shadow. So this was brush pens on the sea, this waas a brush pen as the base and 95 of the paint. And then this one was all just paint, so there's that. 12. Demo/Project Example: Shine Like the Stars: okay, In this step, we get to fill in the outline of the letters that we've drawn. And I feel like this might be the hardest step for me because I have a hard time picking the colors that I want to use, Uh, in my galaxy, I like them all. So if you get out all the stuff that you've played with up to now you can kind of narrow it down by checking out what you've done, what worked well and just what you like in general. I like all of them. That's why I have a problem here. I have narrowed it down for this exercise. I'm going to use my watercolor paints rather than my brush markers. But that's just the preference you could use whatever it is that you want to use. And it's not necessarily a preference, I should say it's just a plan of action for this piece because I like in both equal there a lot of fun to work. If you're working on this, you don't have to necessarily pick just one color galaxy. You could use all the colors. Each letter could be a different color galaxy, or you could stick with the to two choices so you could start with, like you could say, the center would be greeting and spread on both sides to the purples or to the Reds. So it's up to you. You can pick whatever it is that you want. You can add the shimmery touch with that gold there. I think my plan's gonna be that this area here is gonna have the green and blue, and then this area here is gonna branch off into the purple and blue and along with the green on blue have a little yellow along with the purple and blue. They'll obviously be some pink in there. So I'm gonna start with my s on the left just because I'm right handed and I went my brush again. I have to George of water off to the right, a dirty one and then a clean one. And I'm going to start by putting just plain water on here. Just like when I showed you the examples of the A. B. C. One of those examples shows how you put just the plain water on it first. And then I'm going to start with my colors. I'm staying in the lines as much as possible, cleaned it in the dirty water. Now I'm gonna go into my pink, and I love the color that they create when you put them together. Now, remember, if you want to leave some light areas in there, I took it damp, clean brush, and I just spread that around a little. So what? This area So it's gonna become fuzzy, And there as it dries, I'm gonna go ahead and wet this area. I'm gonna leave that light, cause I like the way it looks. Wedding this so you can see this is already pulled down in there. And it's fuzzy in late clean water. I'm gonna go ahead and with this whole section. - Okay , so this is starting to dry over here already. So I have a clean, damp brush, and I'm just gonna go ahead And what this again? Almost like I was making a second layer. I'm gonna clean my brush because I pulled more pain over here than I wanted to. So we'll let that run to where it is still wet down here on and I'm gonna put my black on the edge is now. I'm gonna let it really come in here and there. Remember, as I said before, where you lift up, it will bloom. There are plume expand, and where you pull it should stay fairly contained. So I let go there and you could see it explode on the paper. I can see where I let go again. You need toe. What? That also went into my clean water said in my dirty water. So again, clean water, clean ish water since I went into the black. Okay, so now that that's a what again go into my block. All right, so there's my s. I'm blending this out just a bit. So clean brush. And I'm just going over top of that kind of fuzzy up those lines rather than having a sharper line. They're just kind of want to make it make it easier than it was looking. So there's my ass. I'm going to go now to the T. And now my art's gonna be similar to this. So I'm gonna have the greens going back into the blue and purple lee pink, and then the s will be like the other s. So there's the word stars. I'm gonna let this s dry and then I'll come back and I will do the stars and the shadows. Okay, So I'm gonna go ahead and add my stars with my bleed proof white and my old hard bristled flat brush getting some of my clean water because I believe proof we tried up a bit. So gonna make sure you have that good combination. I'm gonna do the flicking first because I love the little stars that it creates when you flick. I just think that's so cool to watch. Like, it really comes to life and this brush is just fought Firm bristles. So I feel like it's a good flicker Should be name of a brush flicker. Like I said before, I I feel like there's never too many stars. I like that look of like a 1,000,000,000 stars in the sky, I think and then, like I've mentioned just very carefully. If you don't want that much around the outside, you can wipe those bumps off so they don't dry Bumpy where the paint splits around your fluttering. Okay, so now I'm gonna take my fine brush and go back into my bleed proof white and I'm gonna give it, um, shooting stars here and there like streaks and then larger stars here in there. Okay, Now, I'm gonna add some of those focal stars that look like, um a plus sign with a circle in the center. And I don't know if I'm gonna put one in every star, but I'm just gonna put him in a few. So let's see. I think the first letter needs one. Go ahead and I'll draw the plus sign, and then I'm gonna draw, and then I'm gonna do one here. Might only end up with two, maybe possibly three. I'll do a smaller one in the top of the A, so I'm gonna balance amount. So, like, here's one put maybe this one right here and then one down here so that they still flow. Plus, I've got this white area so your eyes will be pulled across there. Okay, so that's good for the stars. Now I can do the touch ups around the edge with a black marker as well as the shadow. Okay, so I'm going to use my end 75. I'm sorry and 15 and I'm going to tighten up my lines here on the edges on a stop. Because I don't like how sharp this, Linus. So I have a damp brush, and I'm just gonna fade this out a bit. Because, like I said, I didn't want that harsh line there, so right of that, you just faded in, blended out. Okay, back to the lining. Okay, so now I gotta pick a shadow. Um, I do like this one. It's not a bold one. Like, I love how these look don't get me wrong, but because I have so much going on, I think I'm just gonna go with the subtle shadow. And I actually used to pens for this. I used the and 65 75 start with the 65 the darker of the two, and put it closest to the letters. And then I'm gonna blend it out with the 75. I'm cleaning the tip of my penn off and on my paper over here as I go Now, if you don't want this dark area, you can take your paintbrush. You can blend that out. So again, anywhere you want to touch up, we're gonna get it a bit more water on their anywhere. You want to touch up you can with your paintbrush, tad bit of water and just blend it until you can Do you feel happy about it? Now to the end. 75. Get rid of that blue. Same way clean water and rush it out of there. And then I'll go back in with my marker. Maybe if it drives and doesn't look right. Okay, so there's my stars, all right? And this is the finishing touches of this. I'm gonna just take a pencil. I'm gonna write shine like the at the top of this in just cursive handwriting. If you wanted to do it in a calligraphy style that is totally up to you. But for a beginner who's never really done lettering, you can still write in your unique and lettering. Or you could just print it as well. Um, I'm just gonna write it with a pencil first. Then I'm gonna go over it with my brush marker. Instead of writing in a perfect line, I kind of like bumped it up and down, but otherwise it is just wanna line lettering. So not technically calligraphy. Bring that k down the same as those two letters. Well, I don't like my else so much. I'm gonna change it. You can check it out. If you take a picture of your work and you look at it, it makes a difference. And you can, like, kind of critique it a little bit better. I didn't really like that. We're gonna try that again. So once you're happy with your pencil, you can go ahead. I'm just using the bullet tip of my Tom bow and 15 the black one. I'm gonna write slow so that the lines stay pretty dark. If you go too fast, they get a little scratchy on this watercolor paper. Okay, there it iss. 13. Demo/Project Example: Reach for the Stars: All right. So in this section, I'm going to show you an example of how I use my brush pens to lay down a base for me to make a galaxy over top. I'm just gonna do a simple, um, lettering exercise. I'm going to start with a pencil sketch and may be hard to see. I'm gonna hope that you can see when I sketch it in here. Um, reach four. The and again, you can use whatever your lettering style is. Reach for the stars. I'm gonna get my This is just gonna be monoline. I may even switch that up if I have to later. I don't usually draw that dark. I just wanted you to be able to see what I was doing. I'm gonna take my n 95 and I'm going to rate the word stars. So I have a base. Then here is also a trick. I want this to be a little fatter than my Tom Bow makes it so I'm giving it a second coat, their second line next to the first so that it's whiter. So one down stroke and a second down stroke. - Okay , so there's the word stars and now it's gonna be the same as when I showed you the A and B I'm just gonna take my paintbrush. Um, and I'm gonna go over this with some water, and then I'm gonna fill it in with a galaxy on this one. I'm gonna do a bit of a rainbow galaxy, so we see all the colors, and it will be a good example of how to do a multicolored galaxy. Well, multicolored galaxy lettering. So if I plan on doing this one with the reds and the orange and then this one's gonna go into maybe my yellows into the green because I know that yellow is gonna blend well with green. So if you follow the color of the rainbow bright orange, yellow, green, blue indigo, violet. Here's the red, orange and yellow. It's gonna go into the yellow green, maybe a hints of blue as I enter into the A. That way, I know that all my colors are pretty much gonna blend together without becoming muddy because they're next to each other on the color wheel so that they, um, haven't it makes it easier on you, and you don't have to worry about. If you put two colors together that don't blend well, like a an orange and purple, they're gonna turn brown. Sometimes you want that like in that example. But I'm not always and I'm not going for that in this case. So I'm gonna try and make it blend nicely from one letter to the next. I'm also going to add some believe proof white in this one. Because if you can't get your lettering, Teoh, keep a white space in the inside because there it's a tight, tight squeeze here in these smaller letters, I'm just gonna add some bleed proof. Wait here and there, tap off my brush a little bit of then, before I go to my next letter, I'm gonna go ahead into my black and I'm gonna touch the outline. And you know, you don't have to put black inside of your Galaxies. They don't have to have black. If you do your stars around it, it's still a galaxy just doesn't have the black in there. So if you don't want that black edge, you do not have to use a black edge. You want to keep it just colorful. No black. That's quite all right. This is no longer what? So we're gonna wet it again? As I go into the next letter, I'm just gonna continue wedding the whole thing. Oh, that wasn't pink. That was red. And that's a boubou. So in case you ever do something like that, sometimes you can correct it. I'm just gonna, like, pick that up. It's not what I wanted. Not paying attention. I lost my brush. There it is. So we'll start that over pink on top. - All right, So we got the red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and to go into the violets a little bit pink in that one, too, so that I don't splatter all over the entire paper. You can take paper towels and make yourself, um, a little protective layer here. Okay. So once you have yourself pretty covered up, I'm gonna go with my stiff brush again into my bleed proof white. I'm gonna go ahead and click it in there. Lots. Enough small stars. Put that brush aside, clean my finger and get rid of my cover here. Now with the clean one. If there's anywhere that you see that you wanna wipe off that might wipe off. Okay, so now I'm gonna touch up the edges. And this time, instead of using the tiny fine line, I'm gonna use the bullet tip of the end 15. - All right. Once you're happy with your edges and blending in any sharp areas, it's time to decide what shadow you want. I'm going to go ahead and do that shadow where I use my fine liner and create the fine line around the word. And then I'm gonna put the shadow next to it. And then I'm gonna take my and 65 again and, uh, my shadow. So the end 65 and the shadow. Now I'm gonna go in, and, um, you can either use the jelly roll or you could use your paintbrush and your bleep proof white, which is what I'm going to dio from streaks of light aereo a little too much water and some larger, larger focal stars in here not going. And I'll fix this up so enough being a perfectionist there. Oh, well, so there's my stars pretty happy with it, So it shows you all the different colors that you can use. If you have any pencil marks, get rid of those once it's totally dry. I shouldn't be doing this now because as you've seen several times now, my problem is patients. It's a virtue that I don't always have. And I erase a little too soon sometimes and try toe do things before totally dry and ready for me to. So all right. Now with the reach for the I'm not a huge fan of how close this are is over here. So let's get rid of that is right now. And the thought needs to come lower so that it fills in that negative space. I don't want a big gap there. That'll do. And again, I'm just using a water line. Um, for anyone, that's, um, a pro with your lettering. Go ahead. You feel free to use any type of of brush, pen lettering or any type of calligraphy that you want for that, I'm just gonna do the symptom. Simple monoline. Okay, reach for the stars. Well, let that totally dry before a race. My pencil mark. And then that will be the last step 14. Project Examples and Conclusion: all right. I just want to go over a few examples of project or projects for this class because there's a variety of things that you could choose to upload and share with us. Um, the first being the practice Galaxies you can share with us the choices of color that you used. It's always fun to see the techniques people chose and whether or not you like these bold stars or no stars, whether or not you use some gold, an outline or no outline. And when I say outline, I mean the black edges. Eso. That's always a fun thing to see when people are working with their Galaxies just to see the actual practice peace. So this is an option to upload. You can also choose to share your work as you are practicing the different techniques. You don't have to do all three techniques. You can just choose one. If you only choose one, you may choose to show to share what it is that you liked or did not like about a certain technique, or which one benefits ume or or if you had any challenge with a certain thing, please feel free to share that. And if you would like help with anything, if I can help you, I will. I also like to see the different shadows that you chose. So as you're working, if you just want to share your progress, that would be awesome. Or you could choose to share a work in progress like this Oneness. I have painted some galaxy bubbles, and then you can see I have the words stars outlined here waiting for me to fill up with the Galaxies. Or you could share the final project that has an entire lettering piece. You could copy these exactly. There's the two examples here so you could do the exact thing that I've done or very similar. Um, or you could take this and use it as just inspiration. And you pick all the techniques that I've taught you and totally make your own lettering piece from it so you can use your own quote. You can use your own wording and turn it into something that is totally yours, just using the techniques that I've taught you. And then here's a couple of examples of again. This is how I came up with the shine, like the stars piece. If you don't want to use a big word and just want to start with an initial, you can do that. So here's an idea for you. If you can't think of something that you want to go with, just pick and initial, um, and fill in that letter. So I hope that you guys share all of your work as you go. I can't wait to see it. I love looking at Galaxies, and I'm so excited to see what it is that you guys come up with. So thank you so much for finishing the class. I'm so excited that you made it through. It was a little longer than I anticipated in the beginning, but I wanted to be sure to give you plenty of examples and really show my method of making my galaxy letters. So I hope that you got something from the class and I really hope that you share your work because, like I said, that's my favorite part, and it really makes me happy. So until next time, I hope you have a great day