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Simple Watercolor Painting: Mini Nebulas Using a Variegated Wash

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Step 1: Wash with Base Colors

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While there’s no need for an outline sketch, use a bow compass to draw a circle in the middle of your watercolor paper. You can also use a pencil and draw around any round object, as long as it fits inside your paper! This will help to frame your nebula as if you were gazing into the night sky through a telescope.

Start your simple watercolor painting by painting the nebula’s base colors. Using the wet-on-dry technique, pick up Permanent Rose using a no. 18 round brush, and brush lightly along the center of the nebula. Next, add some flat washes of Indigo, with some graded washes of the same color that bleeds into the middle area. This gives more visual texture to your watercolor painting. Be careful with the bleeding area, as you want to keep both colors distinct while harmonizing with each other. For the best gradated effect, allow both colors to settle and meet, and let them blend naturally before the paint dries.