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How to Paint Watercolor Galaxy | Tonic Studios

Learn how to paint watercolor galaxy and night sky. Happy holidays and welcome to the Tonic Studios Shoot For The Moon Blog Hop.

Tonic Studios Shoot For The Moon Blog Hop

Big thanks to my friend Seeka for relaying you to my blog. To start at the beginning of the hop, head to Maria Willis’ blog.

All the details on how to paint a watercolor galaxy and night sky are in this short card making video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with crafty friends!

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Tonic Studios Shoot For The Moon

Shoot For The Moon Stamp & Die Bundle is the latest addition to the Tonic Studios Stamp Club. A new set is released the last Friday of each month.

Tonic Studios Shoot For The Moon

The Stamp Club is not a subscription plan, but availability is limited. So grab yours while it’s still available. Visit Tonic Studios for more deets.

Watercolor Galaxy & Night Sky

A night sky was definitely in order for the Shoot For The Moon images. I had originally planned to create Northern Lights, but it ended up looking more like a galaxy.

How To Paint Watercolor Galaxy with Daniel Smith watercolor

Sometimes, okay more often than I’d like, things don’t go as planned and you just have to run with it. I show two versions of this card in the video. In the first version, I wasn’t thrilled with my arrangement of mountains and trees. Check out the video to see why.

Daniel Smith Watercolor

Two things that will help you create a watercolor galaxy are good high quality, 100% watercolor paper, and pre-wetting the paper with lots of clean clear water. The Daniel Smith watercolor I used today are:

  • Hansa Yellow Light
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Indanthrone Blue
  • Indigo
  • Phthalo Turquoise
Watercolor Galaxy & Night Sky

Watercolor Snow

Whether you want to create gently falling snow or a blizzard, Altenew Pure White Ink Spray does the trick. Simply remove the ink spray nozzle, knock off the excess ink in the trash bin, and flick it on your card.

To create more depth, flick some on while your watercolor background is wet. These drops will feather out and blend into the background. Then, let the panel dry, and flick on another coat. These droplets will have crisp edges and appear to be at the forefront.

Watercolor Stamped Effect

While I wanted a silhouette look to the trees and mountains I also wanted them to have a watercolor feel. Dye ink is water-soluble and easy to reactivate.

First, I stamped the images with Altenew Pure Graphite Crisp Dye Ink. After After the night sky was complete, I wet the mountains and trees with a wet brush to soften the stamped images and create a painterly effect.

How to Paint Watercolor Galaxy & Night Sky

Sparkle Moon

Lastly to make the moon pop, I heat embossed it with WOW! Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder. If I were to do this again, I think I would opt for watercolor to make it more cohesive as the moon looks a bit out of place.

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One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 gift card to Tonic Studios and the Shoot for the Moon Bundle! To enter comment on every blog in the hop by 11:59pm PST on January 3, 2021.

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Next Stop

Next up is Daniel West who is sure to delight you! The full list of artists is below so you don’t miss any creative inspiration.

Maria Willis
Michelle Short
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Daniel West
Ilda Dias
Jen Kray
Jennifer Kotas
Lydia Fiedler


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  1. Wow, that is beautiful. Your tips on watercolours are fabulous. Thank you

  2. Christine Taylor says:

    Lovely cards! I would love to win this set! So many exciting possibilities! Keep creating!

  3. Christine Taylor says:

    Christine Cards & Crafts
    You have created lovely cards! So beautiful! I would love to win this set. So many exciting possibiliteis with it. Keep creating!

  4. Christine Cards & Crafts says:

    Lovely cards you’ve created. I would love to win this set! So many exciting possibilities with it! Keep creating!

  5. Christine Cards & Crafts says:

    Absolutely stunning work you did with the water colours! Your card is gorgeous! Keep creating!

  6. Lisascreativeniche says:

    Love the galaxy sky!

  7. What a gorgeous card. Your sky is stunning! Always enjoy watching your tutorials. I always learn something!

  8. Miriam Prantner says:

    The scene you created is just so beautiful and dramatic! You’ve perfectly captured a dramatic starry snowy night! Love this kit!

  9. Wow what a beautiful card love the colors thank you for sharing subscribed to your yet channel 😊

  10. Whoa! That sky is incredible! I will have to try your technique.

  11. Mercedes Merkey Campbell says:

    Well thank you Amber, I might even have to use my silly watercolors I’ve starred at for several years. What a wonderful background. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Debbie Gant says:

    Loved how you explained how to create the background, looked amazing and you made it look so simple.
    It was a brilliant demo, thanks for the inspiration. Loved both cards

  13. Nathalia Sistiva-Gager says:

    Wow!! The background is gorgeous! The whole card is gorgeous!!

  14. Wow, gorgeous sky, I do love this set!!

  15. Absolutely gorgeous Amber… I’m a huge admirer of your watercoloring skills and completely love the way you capture it in your tutorial videos.. The background of the card is amazing but I loved the textures and depths you’ve created.. They are embezzling.. It would not be a astonishing that I’d be over the moon to get my hands on this set

  16. OMGosh – the galaxy sky with this moon is just AMAZING!! I love it, and the whole kit. Thanks for sharing; my fingers are crossed!

  17. Rene Tucker says:

    How pretty is your use of watercolor for the background on your card! Just gorgeous. Love it. Fantastic set!

  18. Carol E. Wortman says:

    Wonderful video! True first is better… but I liked both cards (could pretend the blobs were closer snowflakes) watching the colors flow is so mesmerizing. That moooooon…. its popping off of that gorgeous sky! Great hop (really would love to own this bundle)! Hope someone shows the star die… love that there are embossing dies tooo. Man o man this is a terrific set!!

  19. Kim M Jacobs says:

    Your sky is stunning. Thanks for the tutorial

  20. I love the texture and the way you made the trees look by wetting the stamped ink. So much to learn!

  21. Great video, love the halo around the stars, I will remember to try that while the paper is still wet. Beautiful card.

  22. Your card is beautiful. I always learn something from your videos!

  23. Awesome cards! Thanks for the great watercolor snow tips too!

  24. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Your card is gorgeous! I love all the texture and the beautiful scene you created!

  25. Nancy Knapp says:

    I love your card! Thanks for sharing your techniques!

  26. Brenda Aplin says:

    Amber your card is beautiful!!! This release can be used so many ways!

  27. Marisela Delgado says:

    Gorgeous card!

  28. This. Is. Fabulous. Seriously, I loooooove the galaxy night sky! Beautiful.

  29. Loving your combo of stamps and watercolor!

  30. Sherryl Shelton says:

    Beautiful card! I have not tried water coloring, but you make it look easier than I thought. Will give it a try. Thank you.

  31. Denise Bryant says:

    I love the galaxy sky you created for your beautiful scene! Gorgeous colors!

  32. Kristi H. says:

    Very dramatic; I love it!

  33. Amber, the sky is beautiful as is the whole card!

  34. Lisa O'Reilly says:

    Love your card and explanation of how to do the snow! Thank you!

  35. Cheryl Gramlich says:

    Love your card and video. I ended up running over and buying this set… love the possibilities with it! <3

  36. Peggy Parenteau says:

    Beautiful set! I’d be over the moon to call it my own! (-: