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How To Paint a Galaxy With a Makeup Sponge

As someone who loves art and photography, I want to share some of the things I have created with simple step by step guides.

Blue and Purple galaxy painting

Blue and Purple galaxy painting

This easy guide will show you how to create a beautiful simple galaxy painting. This guide will use be using budget friendly items so you don't have to go out and buy expensive professional grade items.

This guide will be good for beginners just starting out making galaxy paintings or those who want a quick and easy activity to keep busy.

I used blue and purple for the galaxy in this painting but you can use whatever colors you want. It's easier to keep it to 2-3 colors max when you are starting out.

What You Will Need

Here is what you will need to get started.

  • black and white acrylic paints
  • white card stock
  • paper plate
  • toothbrush specifically for art work
  • one flat brushed paint brush
  • acrylic paint colors of your choosing (I used blue and purple)
  • makeup sponges
  • painters tape

Start off by taping off a triangle in the middle of the paper. I just extended the tape past the paper to secure it to the desk but you can tape the boarder of the paper to if you wish.

After you tape off the triangle, use the flat brushed paint brush to fill in the middle with black paint. You don't need a lot, just enough to cover the area. The paper will warp but that's normal it won't be terrible warped in the end. Wait for it to dry before moving onto the next step.

Fill in the triangle with black paint

Fill in the triangle with black paint

White the paint is drying, start to rip up your makeup sponges into smaller pieces. This will allow you to use the fluffy torn sections to paint with.

After the black paint is dry, pour out about a nickle size dollop of the metallic blue onto the plate. Take one of the pieces of sponge and dip it in the paint, start at the top and work your way down the triangle. Blot the sponge on the paper, don't drag or smear it. This painting will be a lot of blotting and blending.

You can choose whatever direction you want the galaxy to go or you can follow the lines I created. The paint shouldn't take very long to dry.

Next take the other blue and place a small amount onto the plate next to the metallic blue and use a thinner chunk of the sponge and dip it into the paint. Gently go over the middle section of the metallic on the paper to give it a highlight.

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After the two layers are dry, take the remaining blue paint (pour more if you need to) and add one to two drops of white paint. Mix together to create a light blue and use a small sponge and lightly dip it into the paint. This will be the main bright focal points, so I dabbed it onto the top of the triangle on the paper and the bottom corner. You can blend it out with a clean sponge if you go too far down or if you want a more blurred transition.

If you do make a mistake or if you want to pull down the galaxy you can always use more metallic paint and blot it around where you want. If you feel you've used too much blue or that you want to thin out the galaxy colors you can easily fix it by using some black paint and blotting it in the area you need it.

Light blue paint for the highlight.

Light blue paint for the highlight.

Don't use the light blue all over, just in the sections that will be the brightest.

Don't use the light blue all over, just in the sections that will be the brightest.

After you wash all the sponges and let the blue paints fully dry, pour out about a nickle size dollop of the glossy amethyst paint. This will be painted the same way as the metallic blue. Take a sponge, dip the fluffy torn side into the paint and blot out the lines starting from the bottom corner and crossing over the blue close to the top of the triangle.

Next you can add one to two drops of the color shift purple to the gloss purple and mix together to make it lighter. Take a smaller sponge and gently dip it into this new lighter color and blot it over the color shift purple on the paper.

Add a drop of white to this color to lighten it even more and mix together. Take the sharp edge of a sponge and dip it in the lighter color, mark a line down the middle of the galaxy color and then use the fluffy clean side to blot it and blend it out. Don't cover it completely, just the middle and give it a nice blended effect.

First layer of the purple, the color shift.

First layer of the purple, the color shift.

Place a sharp line of light purple down, then blot it and blend it out

Place a sharp line of light purple down, then blot it and blend it out

After all the layers have dried, and you've washed out the sponges again, pour out about a dime size dollop of white acrylic pain onto the plate.

Take a small sponge, fluffy side, and dip it in the white paint. Very gently go over small areas of the bright points. The top and bottom corners and anywhere else you want it to be a bright point. Don't put a lot of white on the paper as it will be over powering but just enough to make it pop.

You can use another clean sponge to lightly dab the edges of the white paint to blend it down more but this is optional.

After all the white paint is dry, take your toothbrush and pour some white paint on the brush end. This part will get messy so you'll want something to block the spray from getting all over your work space. I used a second paper plate as a shield against the splatter.

Take the toothbrush and point the bristles down towards the paper. Take your thumb and push down and back on the bristles allowing them to fling forward and splatter the white paint on the paper. This will be how you make the stars.

An optional step is to add bigger brighter stars. You can use a toothpick to dip in white paint and dot it on the paper to make larger stars or constellations. Again, this step is optional.

Paint on the toothbrush.

Paint on the toothbrush.

Splatter the brush and create stars.

Splatter the brush and create stars.

Added brighter stars with a toothpick.

Added brighter stars with a toothpick.

Carefully peal off the painters tape, it's ok if the paper gets a little torn or roughed up this is normal. This is also why you need to do it slowly and only after everything is dry!

Once the tape is peeled off you will have a beautiful galaxy painting. You can sign your name at the bottom, or write a positive saying around it. If this tutorial helped you please feel free to share it and maybe post a link to your work.

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