Brush Lettering Galaxy Effect


Hello and welcome to Drawn to DIY!

Last week, I posted a simple brush lettering printable

Today, I'm sharing how to create a brush lettering galaxy effect.  

Ever since I can remember, I've been obsessed with anything that has to do with space. In fact, one of my dreams when I was a kid was to be an astronaut when I grow up! I love movies about space exploration (Interstellar, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gattaca, etc.). I love quotes and speeches about reaching for the stars (so many to mention!). My favorite song at some point was "Stellar" by the band Incubus. Even my desktop wallpaper is usually photos of galaxies or nebulae! 


So it wasn't really surprising that while experimenting with different brushes, colors, and techniques one day, I stumbled upon an easy way to create a galaxy effect for brush lettering. In case you want to see a step-by-step video, check out my new youtube channel where I record my progress with lettering. 


  1. Start with a basic brush lettering outlined quote. Make sure there is space in each letter to show the galaxy effect. This is what I used in case you want to try it for practice.
  2. Using a black Zig Clean Color brush, trace the outline of each letter and fill in the top and bottom parts. 
  3. Next, use the blue Zig Clean Color brush to fill in the top half of the remaining space of each letter. 
  4. Next, use the purple Zig Clean Color brush to fill in the remaining space of each letter. 
  5. Using a water brush, carefully blend in the colors until you no longer see hard lines. 
  6. Once dry, use an old toothbrush to flick some white acrylic paint onto the paper.   


I opted to use an old toothbrush instead of a paint brush because the specks of paint would be smaller and would fit inside the letters better. I chose blue and purple as a personal preference but feel free to experiment with other colors such as green, pink, or red.   


That's it! Here is the final printable.

Ad astra per aspera is Latin for "to the stars through difficulties" —just one of those quotes about stars I mentioned. I find this fitting since I'm new to blogging and lettering, and as with developing any new habit or skill, things take time. The obstacles on the way are simply that—obstacles on the way. With persistence and patience, you'll get to your goal eventually. 

Happy Monday!


See you again on Thursday for this week's DIY—something cute and handy!