Glowing LED Galaxy Painting

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About: Hello, my name is Auroris. Every day we have the opportunity to learn new things, to rethink tired processes, and to improve the way we work.

If you've always been fascinated by the vastness of the universe, you can paint your own Glowing Galaxy. Follow the instructions and create a unique art piece using Acrylics paints and LED lights.

Step 1: Inspiration: the Hubble Official Site Is Best for That

Step 2: Supplies:

  • Blank canvas 40x30cm
  • Acrylic paints
  • Kitchen Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • Brush
  • Plate for mixing paint (I use a plastic lid)
  • Battery Led Lights (cold/warm)
  • Glue gun
  • Frame

Step 3: Cut You Sponge in a 3 Pieces.

Step 4: Spray You Canvas With Water and Wipe the Excess With a Sponge.

Step 5: Take a Plate and Squeeze Each Color Along Its Edges. Spray With Water.

Step 6: Apply White and Light Acrylic Paint First Where Is Needed. Use the Gentle and Patting Movements. This Paint Is All About Layers and Layers Add Dimension.

Step 7: Add Dark Colors to Your Canvas Using the Same Patting Technique. Layer, Layer, Layer.

Step 8: Now Enhance the Colours.

This is a fun time to experiment, and if you don’t like the look of something you did, just add more color on top of it to “erase” it. You can’t mess up! The hardest part is to stop adding and blending colors when you are searching the perfect effect.

Spray with water on sponge sometimes.

Step 9: Don't Forget About Borders. Cover All Around With Paint and Leave for About an Hour to Dry.

Step 10: Gold Accents

Step 11: Final Touch to Equilibrate Your Painting (if Needed)

Step 12: Stars

Add a little water in white acrylic paint. You can create a spray effect using a toothbrush or a hard paintbrush. Focus the white dots on light section of your canvas and you will obtain sky full of Stars.

Leave for 24 hours to dry.

Step 13: The Best LED Part

I used 2 battery-powered LED lights in warm light and cold light.
Using a hot glue gun, attach the LED light to the back of the canvas, focus in the light area of the picture. Cover the back with cardboard from frame set and glue the remotes to back side.

Step 14: Frame It and Voila!

Don't judge my work to hard because it is my first acrylic painting, but overall, I am happy with how this project turned out. It’s cheap and easy.
Once you get started, just have fun and get crazy with it :)

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    offseid

    2 months ago

    Wow! Just wow!

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    HelenaTroy

    3 months ago

    I also thought that "glow in the dark" meant luminous paint. Your craft is elegantly simple, and simply elegant. Can't wait to have a go.

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    zimjoe

    3 months ago

    My daughter had a friend over last night and each made one. They loved making them and are super happy with the results. Here is my daughter painting and adding lights after the paint dried. We went with twinkle lights.
    Stuff we learned:
    Kids love abstract painting and layering the colors. We played with sponge sizes and frayed the edges to change the results.
    Big pools of hot glue diffuse the light and make bigger glowing areas.
    I learned my daughter is becoming more independent; I was asked to go away while they hot glued the lights on ;-)

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    Auroriszimjoe

    Reply 3 months ago

    Awesome!!! Looks like an Art Workshop at home. I'm very glad that your daughter try this project, she’s adorable!
    And thank you for sharing :)

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    TerryW120

    3 months ago

    Lovely idea......keep up the good work

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    markpa

    3 months ago on Step 14

    Amazing,and good job mpravo!!!!

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    Treasure Tabby

    3 months ago

    Very nice. For a while there I thought you might have even used some glow in the dark paint too. Those mini LED lights are easy to find at a dollar sore these days too!
    Also I had made something similar to this for my nativity scene years ago. Currently its up gracing my set right now. But in the future it will use some type of LED lights. Currently my dad made a light set up using something that resembles fiber optics only the tech that he put together is I believe from the 70's, only no plastic is involved. Just a bunch of steal tube hoses with a piece of glass at the end of each tube being supplied by some old fashioned Christmas bulbs that flash in a wooden box.

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    AurorisTreasure Tabby

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thank you!
    Yes, now is easy with LED light option.
    I also remember New Year's glass bulbs, which had to be carefully disentangled before use and often they had to be restored too. Than I got my first soldering skills from dad)))

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    zimjoe

    3 months ago

    This is amazing! What a great use of light and paint. I've built light frames for inifinity mirrors and black light projects, but I never thought to backlight the canvas.

    I'm going to look like a hero when I do this with my kids. ;-)

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    Auroriszimjoe

    Reply 3 months ago

    I hope you will have fun! I was thinking to try acrylic pour method, but the layer in that case is more thick and the light possible not shine through the canvas. So.. waiting for your results ;)

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    BobbyS86

    3 months ago

    Sorry, new to crafts. Great simple project, looks really nice. What do you mean by warm and cold lights? Are these colors you're referring to or some special kind of LED lights?

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    AurorisBobbyS86

    Reply 3 months ago

    I refer to colour temperature. There are most common colour options, Warm White and Cool White. I suggest to use both to obtain a deep space effect.
    Good luck and Thank you for question :)

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 months ago

    That is such a beautiful and fun idea! It is such a pretty painting on its own and it is such a fun bonus that it lights up :)

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    AurorisPenolopy Bulnick

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thanks for your appreciation, my cousin wants it as night light in her room, just found one present)))