Lunar galaxie with AKADEMIE® Acryl color Ink Christin Stapff "MÄDCHENKUNST"

The young German artist Christin Stapff has taken up the currently very popular theme "Lunar Galaxy" and shows us step by step how she creates “watercolour-like-effects” with the AKADEMIE® Acryl color Ink from Schmincke, incorporating handlettering elements.

You will need:

  • Schmincke AKADEMIE® Acryl color Ink: Ivory (221), Primary Magenta (344), Indigo (444), Phthalogreen (551) and Silver (800)
  • Watercolour paper, e.g.Hahnemühle
  • Acrylic brush round or watercolour brush (size 10 and size 2), e.g. da Vinci
  • Mixing palette, pencil, a glass of water, saucer


Shake the pipette bottles well, as the pigments will settle on the bottom after a certain time. Fill 3-4 drops of each colour (except ivory) of AKADEMIE® Acryl color Ink into separate chambers on your mixing pallet.

Step 1

Using a saucer and a pencil, draw a circle in the middle of the watercolour paper. This serves as an outline for the moon. Below the circle, leave space for the lettering.

Step 2

Use a large round brush to paint the circular area evenly with clear water.

Step 3

Start with Primary Magenta, add about 3 drops of water and spread the diluted colour pointwise on the wet surface. The colour will flow due to the wet surface.

Step 4

Now, apply diluted with water, phthalogreen into the still wet circle. Do not allow too much time between the individual steps so that the paint does not dry.

Step 5

For lighter blue areas add diluted indigo to the already applied colours and then undiluted indigo to get more depth in the lunar galaxy.

Step 6

If you like, you can add colour accents with silver in some places for a very special shimmering effect.

Step 7

Use a round brush (size 2) for writing the slogan "To the moon & back" in brushlettering style. With the so-called brushlettering, the rule applies: strokes that lead down are written in a thick way with pressure on the brush, while strokes that lead up are written narrowly with little pressure. Add colour accents into the freshly written, still wet letters.

The lunar galaxy now must dry well.

Step 8

When the colours are dry, you can put the ivory paint in a chamber on your mixing palette and add a few drops of water. Soak a large brush with this diluted colour. Now you spread smaller and larger colour splashes by tapping on the brush (above the painting). Once the stars of the lunar galaxy have dried, you have created an impressive work of art with modern glitter effects.  

Watercolor-like painting full of imagination by Christin Stapff