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31 January, 2020
Do you also find the beauty of nature inspiring to create art? Well, for many years the natural phenomenon of aurora borealis, visible in the skies across the northern countries of the earth, has inspired artists to create art. These dazzling lights are a manifestation of the earth’s magnetic field, interacting with charged particles from the sun.
Doing an aurora night sky painting is simpler than you’d think! Would you like to give it a try?

What you will need:

Step 1:

Stick masking tape across the smooth paper, as shown in the image.
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Step 2:

You will need just five Oil Pastel shades for this painting - Light Green, Leaf Green, Deep Green, Prussian Blue, and Black. Colour each section in one colour starting with light green and ending with black.
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Step 3:

Once you have finished colouring all sections, blend in all colours with a piece of tissue paper. In case of any gaps at the bottom, fill them in with a green coloured pencil.
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Step 4:

Sketch a reindeer on a separate sheet of paper and cut it out. Also, remove the masking tape carefully. Then carefully sketch out the border of the cutout.
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Step 5:

Once you have the shape of the reindeer right, draw trees in the background. Paint faint lights across the sky with a white colouring pencil. To colour the trees, sketch in a zigzag manner over the tree trunks. Also, colour the reindeer using a black pencil.
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Step 6:

Last but not the least, add the stars to your canvas with a white correction pen as shown in the image.
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Did you try this tutorial on painting the aurora night sky with oil pastels?

Share your experience with us in the comments below.

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