As a nerdy science geek, I’ve always been interested in space and love seeing the galaxy trend grow. I knew I needed to play around with making galaxies in my crafting, and rocks seemed like the perfect canvas. With a simple layered technique, you can make galaxy painted rocks to use as backgrounds or stand alone art.
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How to Make a Painted Galaxy Background
Painting a galaxy background is an easy process of paint layering. There’s no wrong placement of the paint, just relax and sponge it in places until you’re happy. You can always go back and add more black if you’d like your galaxy background a little darker. The basic steps I used are below. I started with a black rock, but a black painted base coat works just as well.
- 1/2" paint brush (optional)
- small sponge or paper towel
- Begin with a black rock, or paint rock black using 1/2" paint brush and let try. Use small bit of sponge or crumpled paper towel to lightly sponge purple paint over sections of rock. Leave some black patches exposed.
- Repeat sponging process using blue paint, layering over some purple and black areas. Leave other purple and black areas exposed.
- Use paint brush (or old toothbrush) lightly dipped in silver paint to apply "stars" to galaxy. Run fingertip through brush to lightly flick silver splatters over entire rock.
- Use silver paint pen to add large stars and constellation lines as desired. *Yes, I made up my own constellation. I'm calling it "Queen of the Universe". 🙂
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What to Add to a Space Painted Rock Background
Once you’ve finished your space rock galaxy background, the sky is the limit! (Pun totally intended!) Use the galaxy background as a base for a constellation like I did here, add a funky alien, spaceship, planet, or whatever your imagination desires.
Make galaxy painted rocks as part of a space science unit, at camp, or just a fun project at home on a rainy day. They’re intergalactic fun for everyone!
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