Night skies and all things outer space are quite popular in crafting at the moment. Creating a night sky/galaxy can seem a bit daunting, but it really is easy and fun!
I have found that Spectrum Noir AquaTint inks are one of the best mediums to use for this technique, along with good watercolor card stock.
The materials pictured above are what I will be using for this tutorial. The Aquatints I will be using have their numbers written on the lids and I will also list at the bottom of this tutorial the full list of colors and which set they are from.
I have cut down my watercolor card stock to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and using low tack tape I have adhered it too a large block that I use for watercoloring.
Doing this minimizes warping of the card and I find also allows you to be able to move your piece around if you need to.
I have also put my AquaTints into my pallet using the pipettes that come with the AquaTints. I have not done this with the White, silver or Gold as we do not need much of them.
Take a large brush and start to randomly apply your colors, for me I always go with more blue and then add small areas of the Green, Pink and Purple.
Continue to add your colors until you have covered your card stock, do not worry what it looks like at this stage this really is a technique that doesn’t come together until the end.
I now allow my piece to dry, and then take your black Aquatint and start applying over your coloured piece. For me the best way I found was to apply the black into one area (mainly a corner) and then without adding more black I pull that out around my image.
For this piece I took some kitchen towel and very lightly blotted away some of the black. I then left this to fully dry.
Once dry I took an old short bristled brush (an old toothbrush works well too) and lightly dipped the end into the white Aquatint, using my finger I then dragged across the bristles over the card stock.
You can repeat the process until you are happy with the effect.
Once you are happy and it is dry, carefully remove the tape and your Galaxy is ready to use.
I also created another, darker piece by applying another layer of color. Both the pieces below have also had a the above technique repeated but with the silver & Gold Aquatints, I did this using a very very small amount so it is hardly noticeable and is there just to give some depth.
I used both these pieces for cards and with the darker one I used Falling Stars Die from Simon Says Stamp and adhered it too some glitter cardstock. Both cards sentiments were from Avery Elle’s Written In The Stars Stamp Set. The silver star Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.
For the lighter card I double embossed the sentiment, once onto the card stock and then onto the Vellum, this gives a drop shadow look and in real life looks really good against the galaxy background.
I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial. Don’t forget to share your creations with us as we love to see them. Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!
Blue – 07 from the Primary Set
Pink – 15 Bright and Beautiful
Purple – 56 Bright and Beautiful
Green/aqua – 06 Bright and Beautiful
Black – 63 Essentials
White – 66 Essentials
Silver- 74 Essentials
Gold – 70 Essentials
Tutorial Credit – Tracy Freeman