Guest Post: Instructions for Painting a Watercolor Galaxy by Holly Mitchell


Thank you to Holly Mitchell for this terrific tutorial. You can see more of her work on her blog, ThreeSixFiveArt.

Holly Mitchell Galaxies

Paintings and photo by Holly Mitchell

I wanted to see how the EEM handmade paints work in galaxy paintings. I used Tia and Burnt Sienna for the centers, and used Daniel Smith’s indigo for the rest.

I started by taping my watercolor paper to a board and taping off the edges. I dipped a small (cheap) paintbrush in dishwashing liquid, wiped off the excess, then dipped it into masking fluid.  The soap protects the bristles… without that step, the masking fluid will ruin the brush. Don’t use a nice brush, as it may ruin it anyway. I then tapped it against my finger to spray tiny droplets of masking fluid across the paper.

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