How to Paint the Starry Night with Acrylic Paint Step by Step | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 24

How to Paint the Starry Night with Acrylic Paint Step by Step | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 24

(piano music) Hey guys. Welcome back to another
episode of Art Journal Thursday where we get creative
every single Thursday here on this channel. And on today’s episode,
we are going to paint The Starry Night by Van Gogh, Van Gogh, or Van Gogh? I don’t know how to pronounce it, so don’t hate on me. The first thing you want to
do is mix in the base color for the background by mixing
some yellow, ochre, white, and little bit of black
color acrylic paint to get a grayish type of brown, and now we can apply a
thin layer of this color all over the paper or canvas. The reason I want to create
this background is that when you look closer at
the Starry Night painting, you will see that some
of the painting looks through sometimes. So we want to recreate
this underpainting color, so later when we paint
the actual painting, we have some color to work
with to build the painting. While the paint is still slowly drying, we can already start
mapping out the painting. I decided to use watercolor
paint and a thin brush to create a sketch of the painting. This way we will know
exactly where to paint what and we don’t feel lost while painting. It doesn’t have to be super perfect. It just needs to give you some idea where to apply the paint. The great thing about
using watercolor paint here is that this color appears
throughout the whole painting, so we can actually work in the paint without the outlines being visible later. Now the first layer of painting is drying, we can go ahead and mix some
different colors together that we can use later. I will be mixing some
different shades of blue. I wouldn’t stress too much
if you don’t want to copy the painting completely,
but you can mix some paint and hold it against a printed-out
image to see if the shade is mixed accurately or if you
need to keep mixing the color. And now I can finally start painting. As you might have noticed,
this painting is known for its countless short brushstrokes and thickly-applied paint
that sets the surface in rolling motion. So this is what we want to recreate. Start with a darker shade of blue and start applying the paint
onto the paper or canvas using short brushstrokes. Start at the left corner and
add one line after another while following the movement
of the white outlines we created earlier. You don’t want to create
seamless lines when you do that. As you can see here,
there is lots of space in between each brushstroke. It should look really
loose and spontaneous. Below the first third of the painting, you can now use a lighter shade of blue and repeat the steps. Don’t think too much
when you apply the paint. It’s about experimenting
with this technique and having fun painting. You can always go back
and reapply the paint and change everything. Once you got the feeling of
his way of applying the paint, you can go back and apply
another layer of paint to fill more and more of the
gaps between the brushstrokes. I would recommend to look
at the reference photo of this painting so you know
where to apply which color. For example, he makes
a lot of darker shades on the top part and a
lot of brighter tones around the stars. Just keep adding more and
more paint to the surface one brushstroke at a time. This technique runs
through the whole painting. As you might have noticed,
even the city below the sky is painted this way. He didn’t apply the paint just randomly. He followed the shape and
the movement of the objects. Even the hills have
these short brushstrokes that follow the shape downwards. And the trees look like flowy swirls. I don’t try to make
everything look exactly as on the painting. I just try to get the overall shape so we can work from here later. Since we already applied
most of the paint of the sky, we can now start adding
some yellow paint as well. As you can see on this painting, when he applied the yellow
paint, he followed the shape of the object as well
when he applied the paint using short brushstrokes, and this is what you want to do as well. Add one line at a time and
mix in some white paint as well to make some areas brighter. From here, we can go back
and use our blue shades and keep applying more and
more paint the same way as in the beginning. Remember we don’t want to
just copy the whole painting. The brushstrokes and colors
don’t have to be exactly as on the painting. It’s all about learning
to use his technique and trying things out, and even if the lines don’t
look exactly as Van Gogh’s, you will still think that
this painting reminds you of his style, right? So this is the whole point. I think once you get the overall painting down onto your paper or
canvas, you will start noticing what color you should use where. You might want to darken some areas or make some areas even brighter. For the tree, I use some
yellow, green, black, and brown color paint and just painted the overall shape first so we can add more texture to it later. And to create the city, I first
applied a blue underpainting where I kept some areas lighter that needs to be lighter later. But again, I didn’t try to copy
every single house and line. You can just focus on the main
objects that just stand out and paint the rest really loosely. I also added some color to the city and added some light as well, so it actually looks like
a city during the night. And then I went back to fix
the painting more and more. I think it’s so fun to
study different styles of different artists. We always tend to compare
each other with others and think we need to paint
or draw a certain way but there are so many
different styles and ways how to create art, which
makes the art piece so unique. Some artists like to
paint hyper-realistically. Some others like to paint
super abstract and messy, but none of these styles
mean that someone is better than the other at painting. They’re just different and
unique in their own way. So have fun experimenting
and trying out new things. Let me know in the comments
down below what other artists or paintings I should
try to recreate next. I think this will be
such a fun series to do and I believe we can all learn
a lot from other artists. And make sure to give
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I will see you on Saturday. Bye.

100 thoughts on “How to Paint the Starry Night with Acrylic Paint Step by Step | Art Journal Thursday Ep. 24

  1. Hey guys!! I hope you are doing well! What other famous paintings should I recreate next? Comment down below and let me know! 👇👇👇
    For more ideas on what to paint, check out my playlist right here:

  2. Van Gogh painted this while he was in a mental institution.This is what he saw when he was looking through the window,a starry night!

  3. you guys are really drama queens! you can exactly pronounce "French foods" in French restaurants, but can't pronounce some one interesting it is.really!

  4. Thank you so much! I have to do this for homework and I found it really hard until I saw your video 🙂

  5. Omg thank you so much for thiss now i know i lot more of art and i have more motivation of painting!!you are the best

  6. Do you know …you are the best artist I saw it in my life …. and I am artist to like you … but Iam arabic ….how is arabic put like fr me pls pls pls lap ls

  7. i've always wondered how to do this

    its beautiful, such a gorgeous technique and its so well executed by you

    what a painting

  8. I already painted "The Old Guitarist" of Pablo Picasso yieee, btw you're one of my favourite art channel 💕

  9. wAaAAAA how come when you paint it , it really looks like it . and when i try it , it just look… like poop 🤣 btw u inspire me alot! <333

  10. Amazing art work…
    Thanks for sharing…
    I want to know what colour do u use …is it acrylic or oil or poster ….
    Please share

  11. Thank you for the great work.but one thing please tell us what color ur mixing to paint the background next time 😅😅.cuz I can't figure out 😭😭

  12. Love your videos! I thought that this would actually be like one of those fast motion videos where you can’t actually understand anything but it was actually quite the opposite. Rlly love the famous painting recreation series of art journal Thursday! 😀

  13. I tried to create this also but it isn't much good but for a 12 year old me i think i did my very best and when i grow up i can re-create it like yours^^ thank you mako~ <33

  14. I was confused at first while you referred to your paints as 'watercolors'. I could tell they were acrylics by their viscosity, (full bodied, opaque, not transparent). Acrylics are thinned with water, but often are applied with various mediums. They can also be thinned down to mimic watercolor application. There are other ways to apply them too. The materials list refers to them as, "Acrylic Paint by Schmincke". I hope beginners stuck it out for some of that innovative and helpful instruction from you. I'm hoping some beginners didn't buy some watercolors before they were able to figure out what was really on the end of your brush.

  15. Vincent van gogh painted the starry night painting very dark and gloomy because he was trying to point out how depressed he was and how hard his lonely and miserable life was

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