The Aurora Borealis


I painted the northern lights at art class a few months back. My art teacher showed me how to paint it. I had not done pine trees in a while so she had to show me how to do that again. They are allot more tricky than you would think. The background however was very simple. I am going to list the steps to do a painting like this.

  1. Dampen your paper. You may need to re dampen it later if it dries out.
  2. Choose your colors and mix them. I used Alizarin Crimson, Cad Scarlet, Cad Yellow Deep, and Antwerp.
  3. Pick up your first color with your brush gently mush it onto the damp paper. Repeat this with all of you colors making sure not to mix them. Allow the colors to run.
  4. Sprinkle salt on your wet colors, and wait for your painting to dry.
  5. When your painting has dried brush the salt away and gaze upon your stars.
  6. Find a pine tree tutorial and paint them over your background.

Variation: Choose sunset type colors and do not add salt. After the background has dried paint palm trees or whatever else you want.

I have this painting available on REDBUBBLE.

Published by brainchildgalore

I am a children's art teacher, homeschooler, business owner, teenager, older sister, and fallower of Christ. I enjoy art, speech, audio books, good quality words, and well developed characters. Some of my favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, The Outsiders, The Anne Series, Little Woman, The Princess and the Goblin, and Crime and Punishment. My family is homeschooled. We are 8 in number. Dad, Mom, Me, Garfunkel, Lady Z, Lady Cupcakes, Spider Man, and Cutness Baby. We are the Pickles If you can't tell those are fake names to hide our true identity so that admiring fans don't antagonize us. Quote of the month "Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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