How to Paint a Galaxy

Hello crafters!

Lately I have been seeing galaxy themed art everywhere! I love the galaxy look; it’s creative and magical. I already shared my tutorials for a galaxy dreamcatcher and galaxy clay beads but I still feel unsatisfied! This tutorial will show you how paint a galaxy design and you can apply it to your own projects accordingly.

I’m painting on a canvass just to show you the painting process but get creative and galaxy paint whatever you want.

Some cool ideas that I’ve seen out there are a galaxy nightstand or dresser, galaxy bike, or even a galaxy picnic table!

When I do paintings I barely use paintbrushes; I use my hands, old pencils, or toothpicks. Really anything I can find lying around! This tutorial is no exception, you don’t need any paintbrushes just these


  • Sponges
  • Toothbrush
  • Paint (Blue, Purple, Pink, White)

Let’s get started!

Preparing Your Surface

I am using a black canvass to make life easier but if your painting surface isn’t black you will need to paint a base layer of black over it. (Sorry you might have a to use a paintbrush for this step)

Time to Paint Your Galaxy!

Start by dipping your sponge into your white paint. Dab some white areas onto the canvass (think of puffy clouds).

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**The key with all of the colours in your galaxy painting is to not use too much paint. You want to some of the other colours to poke through each layer so that it blends nicely.**

Once you have some white on your canvass you can use whichever colour you want next. You just want to start with white so that the other colours will pop on the black background.

I like to use the darker colours first so I am going to do blue as my next colour.

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Just like the white, apply blue paint to your sponge and dab it onto the painting. The best part is you don’t even need to use a new sponge or clean it! The colours will all blend together anyways so just use your dirty old sponge for all the colours! Yay!

With each colour change try to leave some patches their original colour and then for other parts feel free to blend the colours together. You can’t really go wrong with this part so do what feels right 🙂

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Once you have dabbed on your pink, purple, and blue paint go back to your white paint and dab some on top of the colours to make the white pop.


Now that all the colours are in place it’s time to get some stars in there!

Grab your toothbrush and dip the bristles into your white paint. Pull the bristles back with your fingers to spray or flick the paint onto your canvass. Try to make star swirls or trails for a different effect!

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*If your white paint is thick thin it out a bit with some water so that it flicks better*

And that’s how you paint a galaxy!

There are other things you could do if you want to put your own spin on it. Maybe sprinkle some glitter on the wet paint to make it extra starry. Or experiment with different colours like green or red to get a different effect. Even grab a toothpick and draw some white stars in by hand. The project is all yours 🙂

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Please feel free to comment or ask questions in the comment section below. I would really like to hear what you are making with your galaxy painting skills.

Happy Crafting!



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