Celestial Watercolor (Hardcover)

Learn to Paint the Zodiac Constellations and Seasonal Night Skies

By Ms. Elise Mahan, D.R. McElroy

Rock Point, 9781631065880, 128pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

List Price: 19.99*
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The zodiac has been used for a millennia to bring humans closer to the cosmos. With this creative masterpiece, it's your turn to travel nearer the heavens following simple directions for painting each of the constellations, accompanied by information about each sign of the zodiac. A basic introduction to watercolor techniques and its tools will get you started.

Learn how to paint the beautiful night sky throughout the seasons while learning about sun signs and their place in astrology with Celestial Watercolor—complete with an overview of the tools and techniques of watercolor.

This guide to painting the stars also features:
  • How to achieve the look of the night sky unique to each season, from the light blue summer night to the deep blue of the winter
  • Watercolor wash techniques: wet-into-wet and wet-on-dry painting
  • How to paint moons throughout the year, including the 12 moons from the Native American and spiritual traditions
  • Adding environmental elements, including trees, mountains, and lakes
  • Ideas for night sky painting gifts for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and other occasions
Express your passion for the night sky in paint with â??Celestial Watercolor, whether you're a weekend artist or a more experienced artist looking to expand your repertoire.

About the Author

Elise Mahan works as an educator specializing in creating open-ended mixed media art projects for children of all ages. Her painting and process have evolved from her research of astronomy and natural history. She believes that each painting is a chance to draw upon ethereal elements that explore texture and pattern.

D.R. McElroy has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and a Master of Science in Environmental Resources. She is the co-author of Celestial Watercolor and has been a professional editor and writer for ten years. She lives in Michigan.