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Watercolor Practice: Paint a Watercolor Galaxy Step by Step

teacher avatar Gabriela Benke, Watercolor With Gaby

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Color palette

    • 4. Painting: first layer

    • 5. Painting: second layer

    • 6. Adding the stars

    • 7. Final result

    • 8. Congratulations

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In this quick class, I'm gonna show you how to paint a beautiful watercolor galaxy step by step. I'm gonna show you the supplies we're gonna use.

I’m gonna show you the supplies you’re gonna need, next I’m gonna mix the colors we’re gonna use and give you some tips on how to come up with your own color palette, then we’re gonna move straight on to painting our galaxy and splattering the stars.

Finally, we’re gonna end the class with some tips on removing the masking tape and fixing mistakes. 

So what are you waiting for? Grab your supplies and paint with me!


For this class, you're gonna need:

1) Watercolor paints

2) Watercolor paper (at least 300 g/m²)

3) Round brush nº 6

4) Two jars of water

5) Paper towel

6) White acrylic or gouache paint

7) An old toothbrush

8) Masking tape

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Gabriela Benke

Watercolor With Gaby


Hello! My name is Gabriela and I'm an illustrator. I live in Brazil with my husband and our two cats.

I have been drawing since I was a little kid and I'm always studying and improving my art. My goal is to share my knowledge and passion for illustration with you.

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1. Intro: Hi, my name is Gopi ala, and they may self-taught watercolour artists from Brazil. In this quick class, I'm gonna teach you how to paint in easy watercolor galaxy. Step-by-step. Galaxies are one of the most popular subjects in watercolor painting, and it needs to be part of the repertoire of all watercolour artists. It's a very versatile technique and those who learn it, you're going to want to add galaxies to all over your paintings. I'm going to show you the supplies are you going to need? Next? I'm going to make slick callers were going to use and gives you some tips on how to come up with your own color palette. Then we're going to move straight onto painting our galaxy and the sputtering the stars. Finally, we're going to end the class with some tips on removing the masking tape and fixing mistakes. This glass is not for absolute beginners. You must already have a basic knowledge of water color to be able to follow along discourse. So what are you waiting for it? Grab your supplies and think with me. 2. Supplies: In this video, I'm gonna show you this applies we're gonna use in this class. So of course, we're going to need water color paints. Here I'm using my Windsor in youth and cotton set with 12 callers were also going to need a round brush. Number six, I also like having an old brush just to lift and makes my paints because mixing the paints can be fairly harsh. Boehner brushes. We're also going to need water color paper. You can see that I've clicked my paper very small and they suggest you do the same. One of the biggest beginner's mistake is to try to paint a giant galaxy film. Start. And this just leads to frustration. Water color is very hard to control. So start small and build up from that. You can see that I've also drawn a polarized frame on my paper because he think it adds an extra term for the painting. We're also going to use masking tape to take the paper onto the table so it won't work on its whet. We're going to use a piece of toilet paper or paper towel to drier brushes. And we're going to need two glasses of water. When is for a racing your brush. And the other one is clean water for mixing with your paint. I also like having these tiny piece of paper to test my colors. And to finish where you're going to need an old toothbrush that we're gonna use to splatter the stars in our galaxy later. And an opaque white paint here, and I'm using acrylic paint, but you can also use guage. So now that we have all the supplies we need, let's get started. 3. Color palette: In this video, I'm showing you which colors I'm going to use in this painting and give you some tips on how to choose colors for your own galaxies. So I'm gonna start with failed Blue, which is a cool blue and they wanted to very concentrated. So I'm using as liter water as possible. And also going to use very GYN hue, which is a cool green. I'm gonna use this green both in its lightest tone and dark histone. I'm going to mix burnt umber and sailboat to create black and the music as later water as possible. So basis, very concentrated and really dark. I usually create black Tom's by mixing burnt umber and ultra Marine, which is a warm blue. But today I decided to use failed louis stand because in my experience, this black looks more harmonious with the two other colors we're using, also ultramarine as a granular putting color. So it tends to separate from the other colors it's mixed with. And they really don't like this effect in my painting. You're probably wondering, why don't you just use pure black directly from your palate? Well, in water color, we don't actually use pure black because it breaks the harmony of the paintings. I don't even have this color in my palate. So these are the three colors we're going to use. Now let me show you some tips on how to choose the colors for your own galaxies. So let's take a look at this color wheel that I've painted a while ago. I suggest you use analogous colors, which are colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and green, which is the combination that I chose for this class. Or Arad, blue and purple. So choose two or three colors. No more than three though. Analogous Colors, great, very harmonious color palettes. If you use complimentary colors, we turn colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel, like red and green. Yearning galaxy will look muddy endl because complimentary colors, gradient brown and gray tones when mixed together. So remember these tips when choosing the colors for your Galaxy, feel free to use the same color combos that I'm using or create your own color palette. In the next video, we're going to start painting our galaxy. 4. Painting: first layer: So in this video, we're going to start painting or water coloring galaxy. You can see that I've taped to the paper onto the table so it won't work in buckle as the paper he gets wet. If you want your painting to have the Polaroid frame to don't forget to let a wider whitespace at the bottom of your paper. I'm going to start adding a lot of water and just a tiny bit of pigment. So I create a very light green. And then I'm gonna paint his flight diagonally in the middle of my paper. I'm adding more water because I want this green to be fairly transparent, almost white. Now I'm going to start adding darker green tones to the sides of the tribe, but I'm gonna make sure to keep them middle untouched because of this is going to be the cluster of stars in our galaxy. As it moving further from the middle area, I'm darkening the green more and more frantic, great days molder gradient from light to dark. And ending irregular inorganic brush strokes. There's no need to be perfect or precise here. Now I'm going to start adding a very concentrated blue to the painting. This blue is much darker than the green. So the idea is to keep working on our gradient. From light to dark. You can actually create a beautiful galaxy with only these two colors. It's just not going to be sold arc, but it all depends on the fact that you want to achieve. It's always good to paint different galaxies, experimenting with different color combinations. I'm mixing the colors to create the bluish green or a greenish blue, where the two colors mean to create a very smooth transition between the two colors. Now I'm going to finally add the black. I'm gonna start on the corners of the paper because they're going to be the darker parts of our painting. My black is very concentrated because they used a lot of pigment and just enough water. Again, my brush strokes are very organic and emphasize. These are very careful to not add black to the light part of the painting unless this is the look you're going for. Now I'm gonna rinse and dry my brush and start removing the excess pigment and blend the colors on the paper better to create a smoother transition between the black and the green or blue. You can add more blue and green if you think you need it. So our first layer is ready. You can see that 30 galaxies is starting to show up. Now we have to wait for the painting to dry. And in the next video, we're gonna paint to the second and final layer. I encourage you to take some pictures of your work in progress and share them with me in your project section while you wait for your painting to dry. 5. Painting: second layer: In this video, we're going to paint the second and final year over galaxy. The first layer is completely dry, so we can paint another layer. I'm going to start by adding a very concentrated grain to the area where the light and the dark colors meet. Always keeping the lights center of the image on touched. You can see that when I want a very concentrated grain, I just take it right from the pen. I'm gonna start diluting the pigments on the paper by mixing them with my light green. And now I'm gonna take my light green and add it to the sides of the light area to create a thesis, territorialization between the dark and the light areas. And now I'm gonna do the same with the other side. My brush strokes are very light and soft. I'm always being careful to not lift the pigments from the first layer. I'm just adding a new layer on top. Now, I'm gonna completely rinse my brush and add only water to the very center of my painting. This will make the grain flow naturally towards the middle of that paper, creating a very smooth in that row transition. Now I'm gonna add some grain to some places in the light area just to create a more interesting and irregular shape. Don't overdo it though, where you will end up covering the entire white area. Now I'm going to start adding blue to the darker areas were simply reproducing the same pattern we did in the first layer, adding light green, then green, blue, and black. The purpose of the second layer is to adjust the colors, making them darker and more vibrant. It is in the second layer that we fixed mistakes if needed. I'm always mixing the blue and the grain to make his move characterization between them. Now I'm going to add black to the corners of my galaxy, just like we did in our first layer, always makes very well that callers on the paper to create a very smooth transition. I'm gonna take my brush and pull the Black big methylated to create a smoother gradient. If a water puddle forms on European team, you can take a small piece of paper and the absorbed the excess water from the paper as I'm doing here. This avoids the formation of blown seniority galaxy, also called cauliflower effect. The galaxies ready, now we have to wait for it to dry. And in the next video, we're going to add the stars. 6. Adding the stars: In this video, we're going to add to the final touches to our painting. So art painting is ready and it has already dried. But a galaxy, the galaxy without stars in my right. So now we're going to add that these stars and this part is going to be a little messy. So be aware that you're going to end up with white paint all over your hands and desk. So if you're going to a party later or a business meeting, you get better finishing this project and other time, okay? Otherwise, let's do this. Let's take our white paint and those they told you I'm using acrylic paint. So I'm going to open the paint and pour a bit of paint on the lid. And this paint is a little thick. That's why I'm having some trouble pouring it, but, uh, we're not going to need a lot of it. Just a little bit is enough. There we go. We're just going to use pure paint because if we add water to it, this letters will be more unpredictable. Knowledge sticker toothbrush and the toothbrush needs to be thriving. Okay. And I don't even have to say this, but please don't use your own toothbrush for this taken mould one or by one just for your art products. Don't brush your teeth with the few painted with. I'm going to load the toothbrush with the paint. Be careful to not add too much paint or your stars will be too thick and it's not gonna look good. Now I'm gonna take my brush really close to my painting and pullets bristles. So it's platters the stars. And you can add as many stars as you want. I don't think we can ever have too many stars. Let's zoom in a little so you can see these better. Our painting is ready. Now we need to wait for the starts to dry, otherwise they can smudge and growing your entire work. In the next video, we're going to remove the masking tape, and I'm going to give you a bonus tip that you can apply to any painting. 7. Final result: We finished our painting and now comes the best part, removing the masking tape. We're going to pull the tape at an angle, varies slowly and carefully. All is check to see if it's not ripping the paper. If you think it may rip your paper, is stop and start pulling from the other side even more carefully. We're going to do this with all the sides. And you can see here that a little bit of paint leaked through the tape. So as a bonus tip, I'm going to show you how to quickly fix it. So if this ever happens to you, don't panic and don't throw your pinky into the trash. Let's take our white paint missing. We use to split it with the stars and the brush. I'm gonna use a tiny rigor brush just to have more control of my brushstrokes. But I could use the same round brush I used bank the galaxy to, I would just have to be more careful. And all we have to do is to cover the mistake with white paint as if we're using correction fluid. Be careful to not lift the paint from the paper. Well, do this or it will mix with the white paint. So don't brush too hard. It's more about gently adding the white paint on top of the mistake. You can see that the mistake just disappeared. It's not perfect, but nobody else will notice it. So here's our water color. A galaxy. 8. Congratulations: Congratulations, you've reached the end of this class. I'm so proud of you. If every galaxy and didn't turn now to the way you want. And that's okay. I've been there to try again and again and again until you're satisfied with your result. Might first watercolor galaxies were terrible, and I thought there would never be able to paint one properly, but I didn't give up. I kept practicing until I was happy with how my Galaxies turned out. So if I could do this, I know you can too don't give up and share your Galaxy with me. So I can give you feedback and some extra tips on how to improve it. If you enjoy this course, please leave a review so I can keep improving my classes and follow me so you get notified whenever a publishing new course. See you later. Bye.