There are a very few things as beautiful as a night sky full of stars. It evokes a sense of comfort and wonder at the same time. Now imagine creating the same kind of wonder-struck beauty on a canvas. When you paint celestial art on canvas, you require more than just a few bottles of paint. It includes items like glaze medium and glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint. The idea is to create a sense of realism using certain techniques that we will share with you in this article.
- Dark Shades
For the first step, add dark colours such as blue and black paint to create a dark base impression on the canvas. Mix the two colours and fill the entire canvas. You could even create wavy strokes or flat strokes with the brush depending on the mood you choose for the night sky painting. In case you want to add mountain silhouette against the sky, you could choose to do that by creating two variants of the strokes and a subtle tone for the mountains compared to the darker shade for the rest of the canvas to give it a natural feel.
- Yellow Tone
To give the impression of clouds, mix yellow acrylic paint with black to create a layer above the base. Add a hint of white here and there to thin out the darker shade and experiment with diagonal and horizontal lines to create a form of transition from a darker shade to a lighter shade.
Once the base is done and it dries out, squirt purple in the darker variant and shades of dark blue on the canvas for the impression of stars. If you have also created the illusions of mountains, avoid squirting on that area by covering it with paper. You could blend two dark paints together to create visibility of light emanation from the stars. Now allow the painting to dry throughout.
- Reds And Blues
If you want to give the sky a nebula-like feel, add a hint of red and mix it with glaze and apply it in layers over the sky area. Make sure the red is not too bright and subtle in its own. When you mix glaze with the paint, ensure that the glaze is 50 per cent of the paint. This will give the paint a transparent effect and prevent the colour from looking too bright on the canvas.
- Luminescent Feel
If you want the painting to glow, dip your fingers in a glaze mixed colour (it could be a purple or a pink or a blue) and gently smudge it on the canvas in the sky area in wavy motion to thicken out the effect of the night sky. Ensure that you are not experimenting with too many colours and sticking to 3 or 4 colours apart from black.
- Glow-In-The-Dark Paint
Take a toothbrush and dip in a glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint and gently run it over the edges of the canvas. Now dip the toothbrush slightly in water and squirt it across the canvas to create glowy stars as you will see it will release glowy dots on the painting. Once this is done, let the painting dry completely.
To create a night sky on canvas is simple in its process if you know the techniques right but what is more important is to be clear if you want more elements to it or not. We advise you to use a clear image if you are doing a painting from photos. For instance, if you want mountains or a landscape along with it then you have to also ensure that the colours reflect slightly over the landscape as well and this will also take in more of your time. If you are a beginner, we suggest you ace how to make a night sky first and then move on with adding elements to it.