How To Paint Watercolor Contellations

Hey guys! Today I have a really fun post on watercolor paint. I started using watercolor just a couple weeks ago, I had to do an art project based on the colour wheel, and I decided to paint five different fruits (each fruit illustrates a couple different colours, it worked out great!). I very quickly fell in love with watercolor painting, so I thought I'd share a quick and easy post, which also doubles as some great art for your place. See below to find out what you need to paint watercolor constellations:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint brushes (at least a large round and a mop brush)
  • Watercolor paints (a tray or the tubes will work)
  • Painters tape
  • A cup of water
  • Epsom salt
  • Markers
  • Something to mix your paint on
Start off by using your mop brush to create any shape that you want as the background for the constellation. I chose to do circular shapes for mine, but I think other shapes would look awesome as well. you want to add a light wash of colour to start, you can do this by adding more water to the colour. The colours blend best when you add them to a wet surface, which is why you start with the light wash of colour. Adding the second colour quickly allows them to blend on their own.
Next, take your large round brush to add an outline to the parts of your shape that you feel need it. 
Add more of the darker colour to your brush in order to mark out spots you want more defined. I find the best thing to do is just play around with the shape by adding more water to spots you want less defined and more colour as needed.
Next, sprinkle on some salt to the areas you want some circles left. Make sure this is done while the paint is still wet, as the salt will absorb the colour, and leave behind circles where the salt was. Do this lightly or the salt may not get absorbed!
Let the paint dry and them wipe off any remaining salt. Once dry, you can go back and add more details if need be. Maybe you feel like more blending is necessary, if so, just add more water. Or add very little water to a dark colour in order to create definition. Adding paint to a dry surface gives a different affect and is great for details.
Allow your paint to dry once more. Next, take a marker and draw your constellation. You can free hand this or you can use a ruler. I used a metallic gold sharpie, because I thought it would show up better than a regular black marker. I chose recreate the pegasus constellation as well as my astrology sign, Scorpio. Any constellation will do!
I framed mine and added it to the gallery wall in my living room, they would also look great framed and propped up. They would also make a great gift. To see my last post on free gallery wall printables click here

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you find watercolor painting as relaxing as I do? I much prefer it to drawing. ;)

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