DIY super deep space art

It's like, totally far out, man

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For some, galaxy art is just a beautiful painting of stars, planets and the night sky incorporated with vibrant colors, but for others it is much more; it can be a representation of how they view their universe. Galaxy art is often more than just a lovely night sky, it is a look into something most people will never experience. Galaxy art is a modern form of do-it-yourself art that encompasses the mystery of the unknown and gives a feeling of something much bigger than our world and ourselves.

Before the world was able to use science to represent this type of artwork, abstract paintings of the galaxy used imagination from artists. It was simply dreams and imagination coming to life on a surface.

Now, you don’t have to be Chelsey Bonestelle or Lucien Rudaux — founder of space impressionism — to create your own gorgeous space art. All you need is some color, a blank canvas, a few handy utensils and the ability to let your imagination come to life. If being technically accurate isn’t necessarily your thing, but you still want to create your own unique galaxy art for your own perfect space (see what we did there?), then this may be the right place for you to start.

DIY Galaxy Art


Black background — try something heavy like cardstock or canvas

Paint in universal colors — shades of purple, blue, pink, red and white

Sponges — these will add texture to your painting and give the look of nebula

A toothbrush — you’ll use this to flick white paint onto your painting, which will appear to be stars in your galaxy

Paintbrushes (optional) — for those perfectionists who want to fine-tune their craft


Lay your canvas down on some spare newspaper or cardboard. If your canvas is not already black, spray paint or use acrylic paint to paint it black.

For one technique, you can create a galaxy by painting the center of your canvas with a white stripe. Using the sponge (or paintbrushes), dab colors around the stripe using lightest to darkest shades — many begin with a light blue and fade out to a dark purple. It’s important to not overuse paint, as the nebula will begin to look cakey with too much blotting. Less is more!

SET Intern Spencer Brooks tries his hand at some galaxy art. [KALI DANIEL]

For another technique, simply dab colors of the lightest shades into the corners of your canvas. Then, layering each darker color as described above, blend into the center of your canvas.

Once your galaxy is cloudy like you like it, lightly dip your toothbrush in white paint and, using your thumb or index finger, flick the bristles down toward your painting. If you use too much paint, the flicks may result in drips of paint — these look amazing as shooting stars. For the small, glittery star effect, less is best when it comes to paint.

The more you work with this medium, the more you can start adding elements like planets, meteors and asteroids. Happy painting!