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Draw Outer Space

Learn how to draw outer space with a project that has close shapes looking large, and faraway looking small. What better place to do that than in our own galaxy?

It’s also the perfect time for a little watercolor resist as lots of white crayon stars and dots will really add the to outer space feel. Tip: For really dark black, I recommend using liquid watercolor paint. Young artists can sometimes struggle with getting the right amount of water mixed with tray paints, and the liquid gives them that really black background that makes this painting so much fun.


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  1. Make the guide lines on the paper with pencil. Draw part of a very large planet in one corner of their watercolor paper. Next, add a rocket, several medium and few small circle planets until the paper is full. Details like bumps and rings around the planets could be added to make their picture more interesting.
  2. Trace the drawing with a black Sharpie marker.
  3. Use crayons to draw white stars in the sky. Be sure to press really hard to leave lots of crayon on the paper. Light drawings will get covered up.
  4. Paint the planets with watercolor. I believe the liquid type is easiest for those just learning how to paint.
  5. If possible, paint the sky when the planets are dry. If not, take care not to create puddles that might make the colors run together.

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