Today we’ll be creating a simple galaxy watercolor pennant banner using one of my most favorite pens – these Tombow Dual Brush Pens. They’re great for lettering, coloring and they blend easily with a blender or just water! There’s so many backgrounds and styles you can use these fun pens with, but what I love the most is creating these galaxies. Join me and learn how easy it is to create your own galaxy art!
- Watercolor Paper
- Tombow Advanced Lettering Set
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Embossing Pen
- White Embossing Powder
- Heat Gun
- Paper Towels
- Basswood Rod
- Glue Gun
- Jute Twine
Step 1. Cut your watercolor paper to your desired shape. It would be helpful to know what you are intending the final product to be – in my case, I wanted a small pennant banner to give to a friend so I cut a small pennant out of the watercolor paper. Use a circular object to trace a circle onto your watercolor paper (or whatever shape you would like).
Step 2. Fill in your shape with your desired galaxy colors – I love purple and pink so I added more of that. Also, you can make yours bluer or darker as well if you would like. Take note that the final product will be darker than what you are seeing. I used colors from the Advanced Lettering Set and also one color from the Dual Brush Pens in Bright.
Step 3. Now this is where the magic happens! Blend the colors using some water and a brush. What I love about this is that you can definitely layer it after it dries if you wanted to add more (darker) colors. You can also use a paper towel to blot excess water.
Step 4. To make it dry faster, use your heat gun. If you would like more color, add more and then blend and dry it with your heat gun again.
Step 5. To create a starry effect, create specks and also splatters with clean water loaded on a paintbrush and tap it a few inches away from the piece. Let it soak up some of the paint for a few seconds, and blot the excess water with a clean paper towel. You can also create the same effect with white paint. If you are using white paint, make sure the splotches are smaller than if you are just using water for a more natural look.
Step 6. Now you can embellish it – I usually write my letters first with a pencil before going over them with a brush or whatever medium I am intending on using, just so I know where the letters are going to be and also so I can tell if the letters will fit.
Step 7. Go over the pencil lines with an embossing pen, and pour embossing powder on top. Remove the excess powder then tap on the corners to remove some more.
Step 8. Use your heat gun to melt the embossing powder for a white that would pop!
Step 9. To create the hanging part, I cut two pieces of the basswood rod slightly longer than the pennant. Sandwich the pennant and a length of jute twine between the two wood pieces and glue down using your hot glue gun.
And your galaxy watercolor banner is done! You can definitely experiment more on the different kinds of watercolor galaxies or skies. Different color combinations produce different results – and it’s very relaxing to create too! Also, the beauty of this craft is that no two galaxies would look alike, so it’s definitely special.
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Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.