Christmas Tree Watercolor Galaxy Tutorial 1

Hi friends, Adrienne from @studio80design here! This week, our projects are inspired by other Design Team members! I’ll be showing you a galaxy Christmas tree tutorial inspired by Katie’s galaxies from @studio.katie! If you’re familiar with Katie’s work, you know she’s the queen of galaxies! I wanted to bring that to Christmas for this tutorial. Let’s get started!

Materials you’ll need:

Step 1

The first step is to sketch out an outline of a Christmas tree using the MONO Graph Mechanical Pencil. If you don’t feel comfortable freehand sketching, you can print out a silhouette image, cut it out and trace along the image on your watercolor paper. I recommend using watercolor paper for this project since we’ll be using the Dual Brush Pens to watercolor and you’ll need thick paper to hold the paint!

Christmas Tree Watercolor Galaxy Tutorial - Adrienne Castleton

Step 2

Use the MONO Glue Pen to draw small circles, stars, and dots inside your Christmas tree. This will act as a resistant and the ink/watercolor won’t be able to hit your page. They will look like our white stars when we’re done!

Step 3

Once the glue is dry on the page, it’s time to start adding ink from the Dual Brush Pens! Use one color at a time and scribble sections inside the Christmas tree, varying each color. I used five different colors of Dual Brush Pens. The great thing is you can use whichever greens you have, even if it’s only two!

Christmas Tree Watercolor Galaxy Tutorial - Adrienne Castleton

Step 4

Start adding water to your Christmas tree using the Medium Water Brush and water. Start with the lightest colors and add water on top. When the water mixes with the ink, it will turn into watercolor! Go section by section, from light to dark, letting the colors blend together. Don’t work it too much or all the colors will blend together.

Christmas Tree Watercolor Galaxy Tutorial - Adrienne Castleton

Step 5

Once the colors are how you like them, let the watercolor dry! Once it’s dry, you can erase any pencil marks with the MONO Eraser. Then, take a TwinTone Marker in dark green and use the fine tip to add in small scribbles inside the Christmas tree to add dimension! You can also use a white gel pen to add more stars if you feel like it needs it!

Christmas Tree Watercolor Galaxy Tutorial - Adrienne Castleton

You’re done! I hope you found this galaxy Christmas tree tutorial helpful! Thanks @studio.katie for the inspiration! For more projects like this, make sure to follow me at @studio80design!

Check out these amazing galaxy projects by Katie!

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