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Learn how to paint the beautiful night sky throughout the seasons while learning about sun signs and their place in astrology with Celestial Watercolor—complete with an overview of the tools and techniques of watercolor.
This guide to painting the stars also features:
- How to achieve the look of the night sky unique to each season, from the light blue summer night to the deep blue of the winter
- Watercolor wash techniques: wet-into-wet and wet-on-dry painting
- How to paint moons throughout the year, including the 12 moons from the Native American and spiritual traditions
- Adding environmental elements, including trees, mountains, and lakes
- Ideas for night sky painting gifts for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and other occasions
Express your passion for the night sky in paint with â??Celestial Watercolor, whether you're a weekend artist or a more experienced artist looking to expand your repertoire.
From the Publisher
Tools & Techniques
Seasonal Night Sky Landscapes
2 Astrological Watercolor Paintings
2 Moon Watercolor Paintings
4 Seasonal Night Sky Landscape Paintings
Learn to Paint the Zodiac Constellations and Seasonal Night Skies
Celestial Watercolor is an art book about painting constellations, moon signs, and the four seasons. Capture the wonder of the night sky and dream in color with this beautifully illustrated guide.
Pens & Pencils
Wet-on-Wet Wash Technique
Wet-on-Dry Technique + more!
Astrological Watercolor – Step 1
Choose your desired paper size, and cut it down with room to spare for framing if necessary. Tape off the edges for a square-, triangular-, or rhombus shaped painting, or use a compass or any round object as a template for a circular painting. Once this is complete, you can sketch out your preliminary landscape.
Once you have your sketch the way you want it, choose your color palette. For this zodiac painting, I chose greens. I used a two-tone gradient wash with viridian green and a small amount of gold metallic watercolor. I let my wash dry completely before I begin the next part of my painting. I generally like to have several paintings that I work on in rotation, so that while one is drying, I can work out the details of another.
Once your first wash layer is dry, decide whether it needs a second layer or whether you like the effect achieved from your wash. For the most part, I am never satisfied with that first wash, as it really is just an underpainting to give a sense of where I want the lights and darks in my painting. I go back into my sky and use this second layer to add darker tones and metallics, and I fix anywhere in my painting where the paint dried inconsistently or spread in a way I didn’t intend.
Once the second layer is dry, begin building up mountains and trees. You should still have a faint trace hiding under your wash layers of the initial pencil sketch of any mountains or trees you made. I find those marks and go back into them with my chosen color. For this painting, I went with white, snowy-looking pine trees with no mountains. I kept my sketch very minimal, knowing I would go back with a gel pen and my 000 round brush for the trees. I start with a lighter white (add more water) for the background trees, and as they move forward, I use brighter white (very little water) to achieve a more dynamic landscape. I go back in with a gel pen to get more detail once my trees are dry. My final details are the stars and constellations. I go back in with a small round 000 brush and white paint, or a white gel pen, for these as well.
The word moon comes from the Greek menos, meaning ‘power.’ Read about its eight phases, tribal associations, and cultural significance!