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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal: Painting Galaxies Class

Last week Get Messy Art Journal launched a new course, Painting Galaxies, and it is out of this world! I've been so inspired by the course I made an art journal just for it! The incredibly talented, Katie, teaches the course, and I love how she breaks down every single step for you to paint your own galaxies, moons, and milky ways.

Katie makes it so easy to follow along, and shares so many great tips and techniques for using both watercolors and acrylics. With watercolors, the colors blend together so beautifully, and I love the softness. I enjoyed following along and creating this abstract watercolor galaxy, and I plan to frame it as a piece of art in itself.

I thought it would be difficult to create an acrylic galaxy, but Katie's blending methods helped tremendously. After several attempts using a paintbrush, I switched to using a small sponge, and I love the effects. There is great contrast between the watercolors and acrylics. While the watercolors are soft and dreamy, the acrylics are more bold and vibrant. In either case, the results are pure magic!

This course is as brilliant as the stars. As I was painting the moon following one of the lessons, I remembered this beautiful quote from a poem by Pablo Neruda: "As if you were on fire from within, the moon lives in the lining of your skin." I decided to print a photo of my hand on vellum, and I think the ink smeared in the process. I considered reprinting it, but another look and I realized it illustrated the quote perfectly. Even though it was an unexpected mishap, it's almost like it was written in the stars!

As I mentioned, Katie's teaching is beyond amazing, and there are so many possibilities. This class will spark your creativity in whole new ways. I even "painted" a galaxy using a collage technique I learned from Essie's Heart Journal course!

If you want to learn how to paint the cosmos, this course is for you! It's in the Get Messy shop waiting for you to sign up here!

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  1. Ashley!! I love your galaxies! Thank you so much for taking the class, and posting about it!

    1. Thank you, Katie! Your course is magnificent!