Summary Nebula In The Galaxy

Do that new portray thought: study to color the complexity of the universe by merely utilizing salt and watercolors, as seen on this straightforward tutorial given by Leonardo Pereznieto.

Supplies used for this portray thought:

  • Arches Watercolor Paper (sizzling press, 140lb, 10″ x 14″, 100% cotton)
  • Masking tape (width 1″)
  • Wood board for help (at the very least 10″ x 14″)
  • A palette for watercolor paint
  • A container of water
  • Tissue
  • Coarse grain salt (could be Kosher or sea salt)
  • A chopstick, or any comparable stick of the identical thickness as a paintbrush


  • Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Watercolor: Translucent Orange
  • Cadmium Crimson Mild
  • Deep Crimson
  • Manganese Violet
  • Delft Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Indigo
  • Prussian Inexperienced
  • Pthalo Inexperienced
  • Everlasting Inexperienced
  • Darkish Cobalt Inexperienced
  • Sensible Blue Violet
  • Chrome Orange
  • Cadmium Yellow Mild
  • Ivory Black
  • Titanium Opaque White


  • Mop brush (½” spherical)
  • Rosemary and Co.: Pure squirrel hair pointed spherical brush (measurement 0)
  • Pure squirrel hair pointed spherical brush (measurement 2)
  • Pure squirrel hair pointed spherical brush (measurement 4)
  • Pure squirrel hair pointed spherical brush (measurement 8)
  • Pure squirrel hair pointed spherical brush (measurement 12)

Step 1: Making ready Your Paints


Tape the Arches Watercolor Paper to the wood board, making round a ½” border across the paper. This provides your paper extra help, and lessens the quantity of warping on the paper once you paint. Then, prep your paint utilizing the scale Four brush and water with these colours: combine Translucent Orange with Cadmium Crimson Mild for a light-weight purple, Deep Crimson with Manganese Violet and a contact of Indigo for a darkish, cherry purple, Delft Blue with Indigo for darkish blue, and Prussian, Pthalo, Everlasting, and Darkish Cobalt Inexperienced for a medium inexperienced.

Step 2: Making Colours Bloom with the Moist-In-Moist Approach


Prop the portray at a slight angle, then moist all the paper with clear water utilizing the mop brush (½” spherical). With the identical brush, drop the darkish purple paint round the highest left nook with dabbing motions, then swap to the sunshine purple and dab paint throughout the paper. Swap to the blue combination once you attain the center, taking care to not paint within the areas that have already got paint. Because the paper is tilted, let gravity and the grain of the paper transfer and mix the paint you drop onto your portray. Permit the paint to maneuver freely; you’ll be able to mess around with these Three colours to get the form of nebula you want (however depart some house for different colours).

Step 3: Mixing Colours


With the smaller measurement Eight brush, dab the inexperienced combination on, ranging from the underside left nook and dealing your approach diagonally as much as the highest proper nook. Attempt to think about the colours of the universe whilst you paint so you might have an thought of what you need the ultimate portray to appear to be.

Step 4: Ending the First Colourful Layer


Whereas the paper continues to be wet, add extra paint utilizing the scale Four brush to accentuate sure areas and fill in any white areas. You may mix in some Delft blue with the blue or inexperienced areas, and Manganese and Sensible Blue Violet for the purple or blue areas. You too can add some Chrome orange and Cadmium Yellow Mild in any leftover white areas. Attempt to keep away from mixing complementary (i.e. yellow and purple, purple and inexperienced, blue and orange) or secondary (i.e. orange, inexperienced, purple) colours with one another as it will trigger the colours to show muddy.

Step 5: Layering for Extra Shade Depth


Because the paint begins to dry, place another layer of paint on prime to accentuate the colours much more. Watercolor will all the time dry right into a lighter model than when it’s moist, so don’t fear if it seems to be too saturated. When the paper has dried sufficient to be damp as a substitute of moist, you’ll be able to dot extra colours on prime. Complementary and secondary colours can now be positioned on prime of one another with out the worry of them mixing right into a muddy brown colour. All the time dab the paint on; by no means drag or begin utilizing totally different brushstrokes.

Step 6: Including “Magic” Salt


Reinforce the road of inexperienced paint with extra Darkish Cobalt Inexperienced and Everlasting Inexperienced (the paint could be dabbed across the line and shouldn’t be straight), then add another layer of various reds and violets to darken sure areas of the portray. This provides extra distinction, and provides extra depth to your portray. While you’re happy with the general look of your portray, sprinkle a number of the coarse grain salt across the floor. This can produce a magical impact (right here’s a tutorial on adding salt as a watercolor technique). The salt will soak up the water and colours within the portray, so don’t put an excessive amount of. Let the entire portray dry, then gently scrape off any salt residue.

Step 7: Intensifying the Colours


With this primary layer dry, it should now be the bottom of your galaxy portray. Moist the entire portray once more with clear water and the mop brush (½” spherical), and reinforce the colours with their purer counterparts (i.e. Cadmium Crimson Mild for purple areas, Delft Blue for blue areas, and so on.) with the scale 2 brush. This implies including less water into the paint, and no mixing of any paints on the palette (so take the colour straight from its container and place it onto the paper). Let this layer dry, then repeat this step to deepen the colours much more.

Step 8: Darkening the Border


Whereas the paper continues to be damp, combine Prussian Blue and Ivory Black with the scale Four brush and dab the paint across the borders of the nebula, leaving an uneven form within the center the place you’ll be able to nonetheless see the colours of your first layer. The dampness of the paper ought to soften the sides of your paint as you apply it on prime. You should utilize a balled-up tissue to assist soak up the paint when the sides look too laborious, or in the event you make a mistake. All the time make dabbing motions once you make contact with the paper! You might want a couple of layer of the Prussian Blue and Ivory Black combination to make it darkish sufficient.

Step 9: Flicking Stars Into Area


Use the scale 2 brush for any ending touches in your portray, and once you’re happy with the outcomes, let the entire portray dry. So as to add stars to your galaxy, transfer your portray so it lies flat on the desk, then take Titanium Opaque White paint with the scale Four brush, ensuring to not add an excessive amount of water so the white paint stays opaque once you use it. Holding the comb parallel to your paper, frivolously tap your paintbrush towards the chopstick in order that tiny white flecks of paint fall onto your portray. Maintain choosing up extra paint and tapping your paintbrush till you’re feeling there are sufficient stars. You too can add some “manually” by utilizing the scale Zero brush and dotting the white paint on. While you’re finished, let the paint dry, then fastidiously take away the masking tape. Right here’s a video of all the portray from start-to-finish:

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