LIVE @ 12:20pm ET Northerm Lights in Watercolor 3 Ways!

Edit: I found my phone and snapped a pic of the finished live show paintings! I Think they turned out pretty well and my paint palette looks pretty cool too! I hope you give it a try! Have a great weekend!


Hi friends! Sorry for getting this blog post up so late, I was busy this morning painting samples for today’s live stream and then when I went to snap some pics I could not find my camera! I use my smart phone for taking pics so I can share online and it is nowhere to be found, I’m sure it will turn up after the livestream. No worries, I do have some reference photos for you so you can see what we will be aiming for in todays live painting tutorial. I’ll update this post with photos of my paintings as soon as I find my phone:)

Painting Aurora borealis in watercolor is a lot of fun but you have to be open to letting the paint do it’s thing and not overworking anything. That part is tough, that is why we will work on 3 paintings today (so we don’t fester on any one too long LOL!) You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today.

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  • Watercolors (M Graham) Quin red, Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine, Cerulean, Cadmium Lemon, Pthalo Green
  • 100% cotton Watercolor Paper cold press 140# (any brand)
  • Mimik Value set faux squirrel brushes *On sale for $24.99!
  • Bleed Proof White
  • Spray bottle with adjustable stream spray
  • Masking tape and a board to tape to *Pre tape your paper to cardboard before the live stream to save time!
  • Paper towels or a paint rag that is absorbent
  • *You might also want a plastic tub you can drip excess water/paint into.

Look at my friend Angela Fehr’s new winter scene watercolor workshop, only $30!

If you liked the northern lights paintings we did today you will love Angela’s take on the subject along with three other winter scene painting you can create step by step along with her. I first met Angela because we both taught workshops at Craftsy and she was so helpful to me in starting my teachable school. I think you will enjoy her class!

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These paintings would make beautiful Christmas cards as well and the best part about that is you get to practice your painting and make something practical too! Click here to find out more or enroll today! *By purchasing this class you help support the free tutorials on my blog and YouTube channel and Angela’s offering as well and we both thank you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I plan on having a live stream next week even though it will be “black friday” let me know in the comments if you will come by and watch live or if you will be shopping and have to catch the replay. I am too timid to go anywhere near a store on black friday LOL! Til next time happy crafting!


4 Responses

  1. What a wonderful idea! Cloudburst skies might be easy to do that way too.

    What is the difference between cover-up white and watercolor titan white or Chinese white? Would titan white or Chinese white work just as well?

    I also wonder if I’d pour the excess paint off the paper into a container – would it end up being a dark color? I remember reading a chalk pastel artist spreading some aluminum foil at the base of the easel board to collect all the dust drizzling down and making it into a “personal gray” chalk pastel.


  2. I was just gathering photos of this so I could paint it. Great timing for me, Lindsay! My youngest son is up at Michigan Tech, and they just saw the Northern Lights recently. Unfortunately for me it was right AFTER we left the U.P. Thanks for this great tutorial Lindsay.


  3. Wow! I loved these, and another great technique explained! Thanks so much for all you do. I don’t like to shop day after thanksgiving either ….but I’m already scoping out things for cyber Monday🤑🤑✌


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