“Understand that your soul is not bound by three-dimensional earthly expectations” – unknown

Star Gazers Unite! Wouldn’t you love the ability to create those beautiful, vast starry night skies in your art journal? Resident galaxy painting expert, Katie, is here to help you turn your paint brush into a galaxy stirrer and a toothbrush into your star wand.

Painting Galaxies is a technique based course designed to teach you how to create stunning starry scenes. In the course lessons you will learn how to paint galaxies using multiple mediums, including watercolours and acrylic paints. If you’re new to working with the mediums used in this class, don’t fear our fellow astronauts, Katie will guide you through learning and mastering these beautiful new tools. Following Katie’s simple teaching style will have your pages shining like the Milky Way in no time.

This course is designed for anyone who has looked up into the night sky in awe and wants to translate that beauty into your artwork today.

Your teacher

Katie Smith


Katie is a galaxy obsessed artist located in the Pacific North West of the USA. You’ll either find her in the great outdoors, hiking, star-gazing, or in her studio where she loves to paint scenes inspired by her adventures, create fun DIYs and basically anything else creative.

Lesson Plan

In the class

Get Messy membership

Get Messy is a catalyst for artistic growth, a guide for creative living through art journaling, a platform for rising artists of all types, and a creative community.

Visual teaching

7 video and image based lessons teaching you the best supplies, painting abstract galaxies, painting from actual galaxies, using different mediums, how to paint the moon, and how to complete art journal spreads using your creatings

Expert advice

Full list of supplies to take your art to stratospheric levels, and tips, tutorials, and ideas to make your galaxies unique and realistic

Actionable exercises

Action steps to help you begin practising what you learn right away

Print-ready workbook

A beautiful, printable workbook with a set of stellar quotes to use in your artwork or to stick on your walls

Art tribe

Access to the course teacher, student support, and inspiration through the Get Messy Forums and the course hashtag #gmpaintinggalaxies

Student art

Pssst: You could be making art like this…

This class is included in the Get Messy Membership or available for purchase on its own.

As a member of Get Messy, you have access to the class as long as you are a Get Messy member.  If you prefer to have lifetime access, you may purchase this class separately. This means that you will pay a one time fee for access regardless of your status as a member. Lifetime access is not tied to a membership and will give you access for the lifetime of Get Messy. As long as this class is offered, you will have access. 


Included in the Get Messy membership

$39 per month 

Access to the class as long as you are a Get Messy member.

Access to the entire Get Messy library – 20+ classes, 30+ seasons, 1000+ art journaling lessons, 100+ teachers

14 day money back guarantee

One-time Payment

Access only to the class


Lifetime access to the class, regardless of your status as a Get Messy member

14 day money back guarantee

Should I choose the one-time payment or membership option?

You have the option for purchasing this class on its own or as part of the membership. 

The choice depends on how you create.

Membership: the Get Messy membership is here for the creative soul with restless hands and a busy mind (and schedule), ready to cultivate a consistent art habit that allows you to release your truth, emotions and dreams onto the page. For those who prefer to live an all-encompassing creative life with catalysts that spur on the creative habit.

One-time payment: for the creative who loves knuckling down and diving deep into a class. Someone who prefers to focus on one thing and take the time it requires before moving onto the next. The bonus is that you get to keep the class forever and it will wait for you during your busy seasons and be there when you’re ready again. You might also be wanting to test the Get Messy teaching style out a bit and this is a good way to dip your toes in.

What format do I receive the class in?

Upon purchase, you will be redirected to create a login for the private site. You can choose your own username and password. All of your content is accessible to you under one username.

The class will be available through this private site, along with a workbook in PDF format for you to download and print.

Do I have to start on a specific date?

No, this is a self-paced class. You start when you are ready and work according to your own rhythm.

What do I need for this class?

A journal, your current preferred supplies and an open heart! A detailed list of supplies is shared inside the course, but you likely have what you need on hand and we never recommend spending a lot of money on supplies without knowing how and if you will use them.

How long do I have access to this class?

As long as you are a Get Messy member.

Can I contact the teacher if I have questions?

Since this is a self-paced class, we recommend tagging the teacher on Instagram when you share your work or sending her a DM. 

Can I share my work and what I learn in this class?

Yes! Please share your work and your responses to the class on your social media sites of choice. We love Instagram, so share your pages using the course hashtag #gmpaintinggalaxies and you may see your work shared on the Get Messy account. We also have Galleries with student work within Get Messy.