Looking for ideas to paint the moon? The moon appears different sizes and shades of colours from the different parts of the earth. When it comes to learning how to paint a moon, you have the freedom to paint the moon’s surface on paper however you wish to.
Bring the mysterious moon home, with this blog on how to paint a moon step by step.
*Pro tip 1: The moon’s surface is covered with dead volcanoes and impact craters. The steps can still be followed even if you use a reference image of the moon.
*Pro tip 2: Every time you have to use more colour, simply colour the water colour paper with the brush pen of your choice. Dip your paintbrush in this colour to continue painting.
Step 1: Shape of the moon
In order to get that perfect circular shape of a full moon, take the round object and draw an outline to draw the shape of the moon. The artist has rubbed off the border completely but if you think that you will get the shape of the moon wrong if do the same, then you can just lightly rub off the borders.
Step 2: Painting a basic hue
Colour the watercolour paper with a chrome yellow brush pen colour. Dip your paintbrush in this pigment and paint on your canvas a light hue for the base of the moon. To have the moon as shown in the image below, use water to dilute the chrome yellow pigment and spread it with a brush.
Step 3: Highlighting the edges
Start darkening the border of the moon with chrome yellow. Make sure to dip the brush in the paint to every time you want to darken the shade.
Step 4: Adding depth to the moon
Start adding dots of paint on the surface of the moon. You can randomly add these dots and blend some of them in for a blotchy, irregular look, as shown in the image below.
Step 5: Colouring the moon
Add more colour to the center section of the moon. This will give the moon a rich tone.
Step 6: Adding in the details
Using the smaller brush you can start adding in more details to the lunar surface in your painting.
Step 7: Highlights using brush pens directly
Once you are happy with the colour of the moon, start highlighting the different areas on the moon with the brush pen directly.
Step 8: Adding finishing touches
Add different shapes and lines that blend well with the lunar surface using brush pens directly. These strokes with the brush pen will give the moon texture and depth, making it look even more realistic.
Allow the painting to dry and the painting is ready for display!
Painting the moon may seem daunting at first. To get better at it practice and experiment with the colours and shades of the moon.
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