- Watercolor paint set
- Watercolor paper
- 2 cups with water^
- Round watercolor paintbrush, size 9
- Flat watercolor paintbrush, size 10
- White water-based paint marker
- Rigid sturdy surface that’s clean and won’t transfer any color (ex cutting mat, gator board)^
- Clean sponge
*Actual supplies shipped with your art kit may be subject to change without notice based on availability. We strive to have substituted items be of equal or greater value.
^denoates items not included in the art kit
Do It Yourself Steps
1. Fill Tray with Water
Fill your bowl or tray with about 2 inches of lukewarm water. Make sure your bowl or tray is big enough to fit your entire piece of watercolor paper. If you don’t have a bowl or plastic tray you can use your tub or sink.
2. Soak Watercolor Paper in Water
Soak your entire piece of watercolor paper into your bowl, making sure it is well submerged. Let it soak for about 3-5 minutes.
3. Transfer Paper onto Clean Surface
Once your paper is fully soaked through, gently grasp the corner of your paper and lay it onto a sturdy board or surface that is clean and won’t transfer any color, such as a cutting mat or gator board.
4. Flatten Paper with Sponge
Use a clean sponge to gently smooth the paper onto the board; this will also remove any excess water. Your wet paper should be nice and flat and securely attached to your hard surface. It is now ready to paint.
5. Apply Light Colors
While your watercolor paper is still damp, use your flat brush to apply some yellow paint about half way up your paper. Apply, a little green directly above and below your yellow, making sure the areas where the colors meet are well blended.
6. Apply Purple and Blue for the Water
To create your water, apply some purple paint at the bottom of your watercolor paper, then some blue. Make sure you use long horizontal brush strokes to apply your paint evenly and in the same direction.
7. Re-Wet Your Watercolor Paper
Clean your flat brush and thoroughly wet the entire top of your watercolor paper with some clean water. If at any point your paper starts to get dry at this stage, make sure you re-wet it.
8. Use Dabbing Motion to Create a Cloudy Sky
Using your round brush and a dabbing motion, add some purple paint to the top of your watercolor paper making sure to leave a strip of white at the top (this will be our Milky Way). Continue by dabbing on different hues of green, blue, navy and black until you are satisfied with your look. The different colors should bleed into one another creating a cloud effect.
9. Add White Paint to Highlight Milky Way
Carefully add a little white paint to a few areas of your Milky Way. Using the tip of your brush spread little curvy lines out into the rest of your colors to create a more realistic and cloudy appearance.
11. Flick White Paint to Create Galaxies
Once your paper is thoroughly dry, soak your flat brush in some white paint and gently flick it onto your paper creating clusters of stars. Allow to dry.
12. Paint Buildings and Reflections
Dip your flat paintbrush in some black paint and drag it down in your yellow area to create different sized buildings for your cityscape. Use watered down black paint to create reflections of the buildings in the water.
13. Add Details
Using your round brush, add details to the tops of your buildings and reflections to give them some variety. With a clean and wet round paintbrush, drag and remove some black paint upwards to create a hazy effect in the bottom of your buildings. Allow to completely dry.
14. Finishing Touches
Finally, using your white water based paint marker, add rows of windows to your buildings and reflections as well as some extra glittering stars in your sky. Your majestic and colorful, watercolor galaxy cityscape is done!