Paint the Galaxy

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

Materials needed for your galaxy:

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.

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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.

Go to 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.

Once you have filled in the whole template, you can fill in the antlers with the black ABT-N15 and go over the outlines. This will save you from erasing the preliminary sketch.

Step 3: Watercolor

Start to blend the individual colors with each other using the water brush. Start with the lightest color and work towards the darker colors. Be generous with the water. The colors can run into one another.

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.

Make the stars shine!

You can make the stars in your galaxy shine in various ways.


If you use transparent liquid glue, you can add the stars before the watercolor stage. The glue seals the paper and the colored pigments cannot be absorbed. The fine tip of the MONO AQUA liquid glues or the MONO glue pen are ideal for this.

Salt und rice

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.


Once your picture is dry, you can add your stars with white acrylic paint or a white gel pen.

Try it yourself and share your Galaxy style with the Tombow family #tombowinspiration

About the author


- 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.

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