how to paint a starry night sky
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I will be doing a collaboration with my awesome friend Painting With Jane.
This step is definitely not written in stone! But is a good to have a rough idea of where you would like the main elements of your painting to go.
If you are finding that your paint is getting too muddle up, take a break and let the layer dry. Once you are happy allow your painting to dry before continuing on.
Then, I used a VERY dry brush to dab just a little pure white paint onto the tip. With each flick little tiny spots flung all over the sky surface. I varied both with the quantity of paint on my brush and with how close to the canvas I got, so there were little clusters of white paint flecks and bigger flecks all randomly dispersed. This is the magic that makes it look like a starry sky, and my favorite part! If you make a mistake, use a tiny dab from a wet paper towel to take the paint back up. Do it quickly and don’t rub… it could still disturb the newly dried paint below.
I know why I paint so poorly in those someone-teaches-you-how-to-paint-a-specific-thing classes. Since this is now the second time I’ve decided to paint my own thing instead, I think I’m just not into it. (It could be the wine. It’s a mystery.) If you’ve ever been fiercely put off by your horrible technique in one of those things, it’s because you’re being forced to paint something you don’t love. So, go rogue! It’s your canvas and to hell with the ugly flowers.
Use your round brush loaded with Ultramarine to apply loose strokes into the top part of your watercolor painting. Do the same with Dioxazine Violet, and let the purple frame the blue tint in the middle of the painting. To give the values interest, deepen the purple with some blue and keep it concentrated on the left side of the painting. Finish off the sky by using Indigo to cover up the remaining white space at the top of the frame, and bring it down on either side to frame the blues and purples in the middle.
Now that the base colors have been established, let’s polish them up a bit! Strengthen the warm colors at the bottom by adding more Cadmium Red Hue and Yellow Ochre.
You don’t want any dark navy paint seeping under the tape and leaving little navy splotches on the white baseboards or light adjoining walls. To prevent this, you can create a seal along the edges of the tape so that no dark paint can break through. You create this seal using paint that matches the adjoining trim and walls.
When you are outside looking at the night sky, there are some areas that look lighter than others and I wanted to replicate that on my wall. I mixed a little white paint with my navy and lightly brushed it on in several areas across the wall. Then I used an old rag to help further blend the light and dark areas together.