Galaxy paintings are so fun to make! I just love the out of this world color combos mixed with metallics. Read on to see how we painted the galaxy using a paint splatter technique and how we made constellations using star sequins.
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Galaxy Painting Craft Supplies
We used kids paint, paintbrushes, and star sequins we received free from Horizon Group. We love their products which can be found in the craft aisles at Walmart. You’ll also need black construction paper, glitter paint or glitter, glue, white marker (silver or gold would also work), and small containers.
- Black construction paper
- White, silver, or gold marker
- Kids paint (suggested colors: pink, purple, blue, white, silver)
- Small containers (for mixing paints with water)
- Glitter paint (or use glitter glue)
- Star sequins
How to make the Galaxy Paintings
Before starting, cover your work area with newspaper or tablecloth for crafting. Place your black construction paper on top of the newspaper.
Using a few different galaxy paint colors, make short brush strokes and paint dabs all over the paper. We did a mix of regular paint, metallic paint, and glitter paint. I like this set from Horizon Group since it has a few metallic paints in the set of xxxx. If you don’t have glitter paint, you can mix a small amount of glitter and paint in a dish to use.
My daughter went glitter crazy with her galaxy painting and I love how sparkly it is! She used silver glitter glue and painted it over the blues and purples.
To make the paint splatters, mix paint with water in a small container. Let the paint drip off onto the paper, moving around. With another color, splatter the paint all over different areas. This is where the newspaper comes in handy so the paint mess can be easily cleaned up. Another way to make the splatter painted look is to mix water and paint in a spray bottle. Then you can lightly spray the black construction paper.
How to make Constellation Star Designs
Once you are happy with how your galaxy art painting looks, let it dry. In the meantime, you can come up with your constellation designs. This can be done two ways.
The first way is to look at real constellations and copy what you see. Check out the Big Dipper and Orion constellations we made in the past. This time we made a Scorpius constellation for my son who is a Scorpio.
The second way is to turn it into a fun STEM or STEAM activity by doing a constellation design challenge. Sketch out your own designs on paper first. Simple outlines work the best. Choose where you want the stars to be based on the design.
I made a fun narwhal constellation and my daughter designed a unipuppy or puppicorn constellation (unicorn puppy).
Make dabs of glue where you’d like the stars to be following your sketched design. Place the star sequins on the glue and let dry. Our star sequins came in both gold and silver. Once it has finished drying, use a white or metallic marker (that shows up on black paper) to draw a line from star to star.
These galaxy paintings with constellation designs make a fun summer art project or outer space themed craft anytime of the year. They are fun to make and look awesome when finished.