How to paint the night sky

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It is during the night that we get to witness a glimpse of the limitless universe beyond earth! How wonderful would it be to capture the beauty of nights in a painting?

Here is one wonderful way to paint the night sky!

Before we begin, it is crucial to note that in order to paint a night sky is to quickly paint without letting the paint dry, except while adding the details like trees that need to be added after the rest of the painting dries in the end. But the sky part of the painting needs to stay wet so that throughout the painting so that the paint can blend and form beautiful textures.

What you will need:
• Watercolour paper
• Rubbing alcohol
• Masking tape
Camlin Pencil
• A bowl
Artist’s Water Colour 18 Assorted Colour Set
Camlin brushes
• Face tissue paper
• Cotton swab
• Rock salt

1. Tape your paper down to sketch

Start by taping your paper down to a table. Once you have fixed your paper, sketch a circle using the bowl. Next, draw a horizontal line toward the bottom third of the circle. Here we will show the jagged peaks or soft curvy mountains.

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2. Create an under painting

Lightly paint the inside of the circle for your underpainting. This will create a colourful base to the night sky. The colours blues, purples, and pinks have been used in the reference image. Always remember to keep the paint wet and fluid.

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3. Darken the shade of the sky

Add some black and other darker and more saturated colours to your night sky shades in the palette, while the paint is still wet. The colours blend well when we use this technique. Paint the top of the sky dark and leave the part near the horizon a little lighter.

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4. Create some texture

Use a cotton swab, dab some rubbing alcohol lightly across the surface of your painting while it is still wet, in little dots all across the painting. What happens is, when you rub the alcohol pushes the paint away and resists it, thereby creating the light spots that add interesting texture to your
painting.

Next, add the salt over your painting. After the paint dries, gently rub the salt off. The salt will absorb the water and some of the paint, leaving your painting with a crystal-like texture.

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5. The horizon and the trees:

Using the black paint, you can fill in the darker areas in your painting under the horizon line. Use a thin-tipped brush; paint the silhouette of the trees along the horizon line.

For the pine trees, make the trunk section before adding the branches with heavy black paint. You have the freedom to paint the tree of your choice here.

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Now carefully pull the tape off after your painting dries. It is now ready to be displayed.

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