How to Paint a Night Sky on Black, Oil

How to Paint a Night Sky on Black, Oil


Painting With Yovette, How to Paint Night Sky on Black, Oil Well hello and welcome back to My Magic
Brushes. I hope you’ve all had just a fantastic summer, I know I had one. So I
have a brand new project today that I’m anxious to show you. It’s painting a
night sky on black. So let’s go ahead and get started. And here is your list of
supplies, you can gather these all up, and I have them all ready to go. Well these
are the brushes we’ll be using, and also one knife, and it can be a larger or a small,
and also one finger, please bring that with you. Now I’ve been asked if I could
start something from scratch, don’t you know, start from the very beginning, for
I’ve been asked by a couple of people, and so I thought today that’s what I’d do.
So the first step in painting a night canvass is to make the canvas black, or,
well, in this case yes black. What I’m going to use is just a plain old foam
brush. The first thing you do is apply black gesso to it, and I keep my
gesso in a jar upside down like that, and the reason I do that is because it
prevents the crusting and the drying of the paint because no air gets inside.
So first thing you want to do is give it a shake because the , the
pigment does tend to settle to the bottom. So when you do this, make sure you
tap so that this doesn’t shoot out the top when you open it, which it may do
anyway. But let’s hope not. Okay, so from there I’m just going to apply a
little gesso right on the top here, I may, I may need a little more, maybe not
as much, I don’t know. Close that very tight, put it upside down again, and with
the foam brush all I do is just take and spread it around. And usually, almost
always, I do two coats. I’m only going to do one coat tonight, but this is just to
give you an idea. I’m doing this on a very small canvas
tonight because just for the sake of time. And I love this little
gadget here. Okay, so all you do is just go ahead and make a nice thin layer, go
to your, if you’re doing edges, go ahead and paint those edges, and the foam brush
works really great. Now if you’re doing a great big canvas, say like an 18 by 24 or
even a 16 by 20 or larger, you want to be sure to use a larger brush, either a foam
brush or, you can use a, you know, just a regular paint brush. Just make sure you
get a nice even coat all the way around. And that’s it, that’s all there is to
doing a black gesso canvas. And just make sure it’s not oil paint, make sure it’s
gesso. Gesso dries very fast. Just once over the top, just smooth it out, and
that’s as easy as it gets! Okay that’s step one. Oh, and I was going
to tell you also, when you, just set this in my jar because that’s that’s that
makes it handy. Take this, and the brush, when you’ve got this, the gesso in it,
fold up a paper towel, and blot out as much as you can of that paint. And you’ll get
quite a bit out of there, and it will be messy, but that’s okay.
You want to get as much of the paint out as you can. Then just simply dip it in
water, the brush will saturate and pick up paint, stick it in a baggie, label it
black gesso, seal it, and then this is my water can, I don’t know if you can see
the inside of this, but it’s got dried dried paint, that, when the water
evaporates and then all that sediment lays in the bottom and it just dries
hard, and then you can just throw that sediment out. You never want to throw
this down the sink, because that sediment will clog up your drain, it gets in that
little u joint, you know that joint that goes like a u, it will clog up your
drains, so never throw that down the drain.
Anyway just set that aside, and then that’s ready to go for the next time, you
just blot it dry, you’re all ready to do another canvas, and it’s really good to
do a whole bunch of canvases at one time if you can. Saves a lot of time and a lot
of paint, and a lot of everything. Oh, just one quick thing before I get started. I
wanted to mention that on a large canvas you might also want to use these small
rollers, they work fantastic! Make the job really fast and it’s very easy to use,
just a little little teeny rollers. Now I wanted to show you this chart because
this just shows you different colors that you can use for a night sky. And
this is a lot of fun, you don’t always have to use just one color. So look,
like here, I have Prussian blue, alizarin crimson, made a purple, it should be more
of a purple but it didn’t turn out that way,
sap green, Van Dyck Brown, and Indian yellow. And it’s fun to play around. You
can do a monotone painting, a monotone meaning all one color, and that’s a lot
of fun. So you might try experimenting with that and you just might make a
painting in different colors. Okay, let’s start having a little fun!
First thing I want to do is take my oil medium, and just a little bit on a paper
towel or a cloth if you would prefer, it does not take very much. And now this is
an old canvas, I use this canvas for practice a lot and then I just scrape it
off and start over again. So that’s why you see it
not perfectly clear. It also becomes very smooth because I’ve used it so much. I
like working on a smooth canvas. A lot of people love a rough canvas but not me I
love it smooth. So these marks in here just there are not important.
So anyway, okay we have applied the oil base. Now the first thing I want to do
after that’s applied is, I want to take and put on my choice of colors, today is
going to be prussian blue and sap green. I’m going to start right here, and I just
want to start putting this on, and you will not be able to see this, it’s it’s
like invisible, but when you put the white on that’s when it really shows and
starts to look very interesting. And I’m just applying this pretty much all over. This is just prussian blue, just get it
on any way you can, the smoother your canvas the longer your brushes are going
to last. And to that I’m just going to take a little bit of sap green and just
kind of smoosh it here, a little bit in the lower part over the over the blue, I
don’t want to tremendous amount of green but a little bit. Okay and that’s all
there is to that part. So the next thing I want to do is just have a very light
sky color, kind of a haze in the background, and to do that I’m going to
use my fan brush and titanium white, and I’m just going to load both sides of the
brush like so, and just crisscross it on. It does not have to be perfect, we’re not
looking for perfet. And think, think about maybe where you might like a moon.
I would like it maybe right there so I’m going to make that part a little bit
brighter. That’s all you do with that, put that
brush aside, and the next thing I want to do is just take my 1 inch brush, and I’m
just going to start criss crossing on the outer edge first. And you see this
begins to look hazy, because you know often times, or most of the time, you
will see a bit of a haze around this the moon. Now remember, you’re not relegated to
just blue. There are so many beautiful colors out there. Okay, so that looks fair.
Set that brush aside, now the almighty finger. Okay just take and put some on
your finger, find your moon, put it wherever you want
it, and I’ve got this on, I’d say probably fairly thick, and when you’re done with
that just take your knife, and if you see a lot of paint on there,
I mean lightly, very lightly, just scrape it. That will get any excess paint off so
it does not smear so bad. Now that ah, the one inch brush that I have taken and
put the blue, you know, put the white all around, I’m just wiping this off, and now
again, I’m just going to lightly, very lightly go in and touch up my moon, just
go across it a little bit. That just kind of kind of fuzz’s it out a little bit.
Okay, the next step, again I’m going to wipe off my brush because I’ve got a lot
of blue on here. Now I want to go back to a white color,
so I’m just wiping off the tips, just to get the blue gone, and to go back to the
white. Oh, you know what? I want to change. I want to use the filbert this time.
Sometimes I use a filbert for the sky and sometimes I use a fan brush, but
today I want to use the filbert. I kind of like the way it turns out. Okay, so
just pick a spot, I’m going to start here, I want this fairly white when I’m up
close to the moon here. Load again, and when you see me go away for a
second I’m just wiping the tips of my brush. How about way out here. As it gets
further away from the moon you’ll notice that it gets darker, and that’s what you
want. Wiping the brush, the tips of the brush, I’m going to load a little more
white, maybe something over here I want more white up close to the moon
here, fuzzing out at the bottom somewhat. Good,
and a couple of streaks across the top, that’s always kind of interesting. There. Okay now, it’s, excuse me, going back
to the one-inch brush, I’m just wiping it off, any of the blue color that I
can get off, I don’t clean my brushes after every single use. Starting at the
bottom here, notice that I’m just using, I start with the, just the tips of the
brush here, I’m holding my handle towards the back,
I’m fuzzing out the bottom. Okay. Wipe the brush, and over to the
other side, and wipe the brush a little bit, starting
at the top here just go across, it just sort of sets that in the sky. And then
here, come up, and I’m, this is extremely light, if you, if you could just barely
touch, that’s all I’m doing, kind of a big circles, I go both ways, again like I say,
extremely light. Then wipe the brush, and just gently gently gently come across. As
I get towards the bottom edge here, I’m pressing just a little bit harder
because I want to really set that in the sky. I think I keep bumping into my
microphone, or my camera, I don’t mean to, but I do every once in a while. Okay,
the next step I want to do is take my knife, and I see I’ve already got a
little blue in this white, that’s just wonderful, I like that! So pull that down.
Just, just say you wanted a little water in here, grab a roll of paint, down and
across, that gives you a nice roll, and imaginary line, and just underneath the
moon here, just go ahead and just put a few little squigglies in here. This is
not going to be a finished painting by any means, this is, wipe the knife off,
this is just, just for fun, just for something to do. You if, you didn’t want
to do seascapes, you could put mountains in here,
oh gosh, you could make a great winter scene, and here I’m just dabbing, just
tapping a little bit here and there, you know the water in the ocean is that way,
it’s kind of like little waves. I want to say Hi to Joe Tanner.
We’ve been corresponding. He’s just great fun to correspond with, and Mr. Kenneth too! There are so many of you people that
have been corresponding with me, and I have just loved it! It’s been so much fun!
So with, back to that 1 inch brush, I’m just going to come across, all the
way across. And by golly if that doesn’t look like
water. If had more tooth on this canvas that would even be better. And you notice
that little green, it just picks up a little bit of that green color.
Ah, you can ah, let’s see, like the one-inch brush, if you see a dark
spot, oh like right here, just touch and let’s, let’s just create one here. There’s, there’s a dark spot, so I’m tapping just lightly above it.
I need a newer 3-inch brush I think, or a number three fan brush. And so
that’s going to be like the top of a wave, and then you just, just, lightly just
bring that to the side, and doesn’t that look like waves? You want to keep these very shallow. Okay,
well that’s it, it’s just a really simple sky to do. I just love working with black.
Anyway okay. Well that’s your lesson. Now wasn’t that
a fun project? I loved painting up on a black canvas
because it’s just there’s so many things you can do with it. So anyway, have fun
with this, try it out, leave me a comment if you’d like, and if you liked the video,
be sure and subscribe. Ok we’ll see you next month.
Bye bye

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