Painting Together with Acrylics, Episode 3: This painting is out of this World!

Painting Together with Acrylics, Episode 3: This is Out of This World!

This episode is Part of the Painting Together with Acrylics live video series – learn more here

I love exploring painting effects and this one is sure to please! In this lesson, we’ll create luminous effects in acrylic paint by painting stars and galaxies to create a cool outer space scene. Follow along and create your own painting! Join me, Gigi Chen, and fellow artists from around the world as we embark on this acrylic painting adventure together.

Outer space can feel infinite. For this class, we will explore how to create atmosphere with various brush techniques and layering colors to create sparkle and luminosity.

You’ll Need this reference image to paint along with me:

In this lesson, you’ll learn:

  • How to paint stars and galaxies
  • Basic acrylic painting techniques
  • Glowing paint effects
  • How to mix acrylic paints

How does this work? Join me live on Thursdays at 3PM Eastern and I’ll lead you through a finished painting. Follow along if you’d like or watch the video and paint along at your own pace. You’ll find the materials below. When you’re done, visit and share your work!

I’ll start with a drawing already transferred to a panel. To learn how this happens, watch this video:

You’ll Need this reference image to paint along with me: (reference image coming soon)

I’ll be using:

Acrylic Paints: Burnt Umber, Payne’s Grey, Titanium White, Mars Black, Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Orange, Cerulean Blue

Brushes: A variety of small rounds and flats

Surface: 8×10 panel

Additional Materials: Water jar, Rag for blotting, Wet Palette, Graphite paper for transfer

Join the Conversation!

  1. Thank you Gigi, I am enjoying your class and you came at a great time for me. I’ve been painting for the past 10 years, starting with watercolors and tried oils, but doing acrylic for the past 5-6 years and realized I am an intuitive artist. So much of what you say resonates with me , I’m thinking you also are an intuitive artist ?. You are doing a great job teaching, and I admire your courage. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m “too comfortable “ in my painting practice and felt incredibly stuck and alone dealing with it. You and your class has sparked some joy back for me, thank you! Btw – I’ve gone skydiving 3 times, and by myself! (Not tandem where you’re attached to a jumpmaster. ) perhaps Rules regarding that in Wisconsin maybe are different for that than NY as far as skydiving? Anyways, I wanted to share that. Thanks again, attached is my painting ?‍?

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