How To Paint a Galaxy Watercolor Initial. Learn how to paint this galaxy monogram in just seven easy to follow steps!
How To Paint A Galaxy Watercolor Initial
Hello friend! It’s Torrie from Fox + Hazel back with another watercolor tutorial for you! The galaxy watercolor trend is still going strong, and I’m still here for it. I love galaxies and anything star related (like my Easy Watercolor Zodiac Constellation tutorial)
You can make anything into a galaxy watercolor, including an initial letter to hang in any space! If you have a little one with a star themed room, a fun watercolor initial is an excellent addition to their walls.
This project is for both beginner and novice watercolorists alike. So let’s jump into it!
- Arches Hot Press 140 Lb Watercolor Paper
- Huion LED Lightpad
- Sakura Koi Field Sketch Watercolor Palette
- Coliro Mica Watercolor Palette in Golds
- Liquid Frisket or Masking Fluid
- Size 6 Round Watercolor Paintbrush
- 2H Pencil
- Table Sat (not pictured)
- Rubbing Alcohol (not pictured)
- Painter’s tape
- Uniball Signo Broad Pen in White
First, choose a font you like and print it out on a piece of copy paper. I went with a serif font for mine, but you can choose whatever font you like. You could even draw it if you wanted! Then you can use the light pad to trace the large letter onto your watercolor paper. If you don’t have a light pad (which I recommend getting because they’re amazing), then you can always use a window as well!
Also, I apologize that you can’t see the traced letter in the final photo! I traced it very lightly using a 2H pencil so that the pencil marks wouldn’t show up under the galaxy watercolor.
Next, paint around the outside of your letter with the liquid frisket or masking fluid. What’s the different between the two? There isn’t! They’re the same thing, just different names.
Be sure to go slow enough to get a nice smooth outline around your letter! Let the liquid frisket dry completely. Once the liquid frisket is dry, place some painter’s tape on the edge of where the frisket ends. This seems a bit over the top, but we will be doing some paint splatters later on that we don’t want on the rest of the paper. I’m also a bit paranoid about getting paint where it shouldn’t be, so I generally go with “better safe than sorry!” when it comes to taping off areas of the paper.
Now on to the fun painting part! To create your galaxy watercolor, you should start with the lightest paint color first and build up the color. Most galaxy images have more colors in them than just blue and black, so I started with some greens, yellows, pinks, and purples first. Then I went in with Prussian blue (my favorite shade!) to begin creating the dark blue skies. Be careful not to play too much, or you’ll end up muddying your colors. Lastly, add the black watercolor to help darken the entire galaxy.
While the galaxy watercolor initial is still wet, grab some table salt and sparingly sprinkle some onto the wet paint. This will help create texture in the paint that gives it a galaxy vibe. Then grab some rubbing alcohol and sprinkle it on the wet paint as well. Wherever the alcohol hits it will force the paint away and create a white spot in the paint. Using both these techniques helps create the texture of lots of stars in the sky! Let the paint dry completely. Once the watercolor initial is dry, gently rub away the salt from the painting.
Now it’s time for the paint splatters! Before you splatter, you will want to cover up the rest of your paper with some scrap paper to prevent any splatters from getting on it. I used a piece of paper just torn up and placed around the letter. Next, I used a medium gold from the Coliro palette and splattered that paint on there! Once that dried, I repeated the splatters but with some white ink (I’m using Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen White here.) Instant stars on your galaxy watercolor initial!
And for the last touch, I used my favorite white gel pen – the Uniball Signo Broad – to add some fancy extra little stars here & there. You could also add shooting stars! How fun would that be?
Lastly, peel off the tape and the liquid frisket! This part is easily the most satisfying part, haha. And your galaxy watercolor initial is complete! You can trim down your paper as I did to 8″x10″ to fit in a picture frame or leave it as is.
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Meet Torrie, the artist behind Fox + Hazel. She is an artist, graphic designer, wife, & mother of three kids 5 and under. She shares her artistic endeavors on Instagram and YouTube and shares free art + design goodies on her blog. Through process videos, blogging, and teaching online workshops, Torrie is passionate about sharing her creativity in hopes of igniting that passion in others. She loves art journaling, painting, punk music and would have a coffee IV if they existed.