How to Create a Galaxy Background With Colored Pencils | Prismacolor Tutorial by Cristin April Frey

I’ve always been super impressed at people who can draw galaxies or starry nights with paints or pencils. So when I saw that Cristin April Frey had released a video tutorial on how to create a galaxy background with colored pencils, I contacted her straight away to let me share her amazing coloring page tutorial with you!

If you missed Cristin’s last guest post, she showed us how to use Crayola markers to create a watercolor effect – and it was much easier than I expected, with great results. You can also check out her other resources or sign up to her Patreon account at www.cristinapril.com

Here’s a look at the final galaxy or starry night effect using colored pencils:

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Prismacolor starry night coloring tutorial by Cristin April Frey | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com | #prismacolor #galaxy #adultcoloring

Let’s jump right into the video! I’ve included a list of the supplies Cristin is using below.

Note: This post contains affiliate links to products and I may earn a commission if you click them and make a purchase (at no cost to you).

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To follow along with the video, you’ll need the following supplies (or something similar):

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Prismacolor starry night coloring tutorial by Cristin April Frey | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com | #prismacolor #galaxy #adultcoloring

How to Create a Galaxy Background with Colored Pencils

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 1 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Step 1: Lay down your colors. Start with the light color (Mulberry PC995)

Using the side of your pencil to color lightly, create a random design of curly lines.

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 2 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Step 2: Move on to the next lightest color (Violet PC932)

Continuing with the same light pressure, color around the edges of your previous color, overlapping the colors slightly. Repeat the process again with the next color (Violet Blue PC933)

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 3 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Step 3: Use the darkest color (Indigo Blue PC901) to fill in any remaining gaps, continuing with the light pressure and overlapping the previous color slightly.

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 4 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Step 4: Using the black pencil (Black PC935), start shading lightly around the edges of the page and behind the tree and other objects in the foreground.

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 5 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Step 5: Now it’s time to start layering and blending our colors!

Start working backwards using your darkest color first (PC901) and use a light pressure to blend the darkest color into the color beside it.

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 6 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Step 6: Move to the next lightest color (PC 933) and do the same thing. Then repeat with the rest of the lighter colors (go from darkest to lightest).

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 7 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Step 7: Take your white pencil, and use a firm pressure to blend the colors together. You can also achieve this with a colorless blender pencil. Start in the lighter areas and move your way into the darker areas. Use a cloth to wipe of excess color from the white pencil as you go.

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 8 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Step 8: With your black pencil, add some curvy lines over the current artwork.

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 9 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Step 9: Use a blending stump dipped in odourless mineral spirits (or Gamsol) and color it directly over your pencil work to blend the colors together and hide the lines. You can also try this with baby oil or Vaseline.

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Step 10 | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com

Final step: Time for some highlights! Use a white pencil to create highlights such as slight glow effects around the moon or in the lines of light coming from the moon. Use a white gel pen to create stars in the sky – randomly draw a range of big dots, little dots, star bursts and smudged dots to create a realistic starry night or galaxy effect.

And you’re done!

For further tips on using a white gel pen, check out my tutorial on how to add white highlights to your coloring pages.

How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Prismacolor starry night coloring tutorial by Cristin April Frey | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com | #prismacolor #galaxy #adultcoloring

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If you enjoyed this tutorial, please share with your friends using the social links below! 

You might also like to try this effect on some of my free coloring pages:

Try a galaxy background on this coloring page! See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com | #galaxy #adultcoloring
Try a galaxy background on this coloring page! See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com | #galaxy #adultcoloring
Try a galaxy background on this coloring page! See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com | #galaxy #adultcoloring
How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Prismacolor starry night coloring tutorial by Cristin April Frey | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com | #prismacolor #galaxy #adultcoloring How to create a galaxy background with colored pencils | Prismacolor starry night coloring tutorial by Cristin April Frey | See the full galaxy tutorial at www.sarahrenaeclark.com | #prismacolor #galaxy #adultcoloring

About the Artist

Cristin April Frey

Cristin is an artist that resides in upstate New York with two rescue dogs, a rescue husband, and a teenage daughter. She lives on coffee, wine, and sarcasm and when she’s not doodling, you can find her doing something creative and being sassy because Cristin loves to combine the two.

Visit Cristin’s website: cristinapril.com

Or follow Cristin: Youtube | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Patreon

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