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Tutorial: How to paint a watercolour moon

This tutorial will teach you how to create beautiful watercolour moons. The moon is so magical and really lends itself to this style of art – there’s so many ways you can add your own stamp to this, you don’t just have to stick to grey! You could even experiment by blocking out some of the circle to make a crescent moon… 
 
you will need
 

You will need:

A geometry compass (or something circular)

Pencil

Watercolour paper

Watercolour paints

A thick(ish) brush and fine brush for detail

White gouache or acrylic paint

  
compass
 
Take your compass (or circular object) and draw a very faint circle in pencil. This will be the outline of your moon. 
 
 
add water
 
Dip a clean, thick-ish brush in water, and fill in the circle with a fine layer of water – this will cause more bleeding when paint is applied and give the classic watercolour effect. 
 
watercolour moon

 

Starting with your darkest colour, fill in the bottom corner of your moon, diluting across the moon as you go, creating a lighter colour gradient.

Add more colours to your preference – be sure to get a mix of lighter and darker areas. Leave to dry.

 

 
watercolour moon
 
add gouache
 
Take your fine brush and dip in your white gouache or acylic paint. Add detail to your moon such as flecks and light strokes. Leave to dry.
 
moon detail
 
watercolour moon
 
Your moon art is ready! You can display the art like this, or go one step further and add drieds flowers – see this tutorial for inspo!
 
moon wall art

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