Bringing infinite galaxies with twinkling stars to a sheet of white paper: galaxy art is a popular motif in watercolor art. You can easily design wonderful celestial phenomena with just a few colors. They are especially impressive if you use them to fill various silhouettes such as animals or skylines or as a background for black illustrations.
Kathrin-Nina Vinkohas selected the ten best ABT Dual Brush Pens, which are now available in a Galaxy Colors Set. You will learn how to use them to draw a galaxy stag in the following video or at your own pace with the step-by-step guide.
Create stars! There are many ways to fill your galaxy with white stars. You can read which ones here. Go to the stars
- Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pen Galaxy Set
- 407 tiki teal
- 493 reflex blue
- 555 ultramarine
- 636 imperial purple
- 665 purple
- 755 rubine red
- 803 pink punch
- 873 coral
- N15 schwarz
- N55 cool gray 7
- Watercolor paper
- Water brush
- Pencil, such as the MONO 100 H
- Eraser, such as the MONO plastic eraser
- For the stars you will need one of the following:
In the guide I will be using white acrylic paint. If you want to use something else, take a look at this first, so that you do things in the right order.
Step 1: Contours
First of all, you will draw the contours of your stag on the watercolor paper. It is best to use an H pencil for this. These contain less graphite than soft pencils and you will be able to erase it more easily. Make sure not to press too hard, as otherwise you will leave grooves in the paper. If you do not wish to draw the stag freehand you can cut out or trace the template.
Step 2: Priming with ABT Dual Brush Pens
In the next step, you will apply the color directly to the watercolor paper. You do not need to draw the stag too precisely – a few broad strokes will suffice. Sketch in as many patches as you like – starting with lighter colors and adding progressively darker colors as you go. I have started with the ABT-873, gone around it with the ABT-665 and then used the ABT-555 around that. I have added the ABT-493 for individual patches around the edges in order to make the whole piece more interesting.
Your galaxy creature is almost finished. It’s just missing the twinkling stars. In our step-by-step guide, we will be using white acrylic paint for them. You can find other options below. Take up some acrylic paint with the brush and tap the brush against your finger several times, so that white paint spatters from the brush onto the paper.
Salt and rice will absorb the water and colored pigment from your piece, leaving white marks. You use them directly after the watercolor stage. The stars will be larger or smaller depending on how wet your work still is and how large the grains of salt are. Check out at Melanie’s contribution to find out more about using salt and rice for watercolor effects.
- Kathrin Nina Vinko
Kathrin-Nina Vinko is a passionate artist who works as a freelance graphic designer. In addition to artwork, illustrations, advertising, and web design, she also develops ideas and concepts for special occasions.