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Painting Galaxies

A guide to painting the cosmos

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“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…


Get Messy is your invitation to ignore perfection in lieu of making a mess, playing, and having serious fun. Your permission slip to ignore the dishes and work on your creative habit. Your connection to others who are on the same path as you. People who have “made it” as artists and those who are just beginning. Get Messy empowers you to live a creative life with a regular creative practice and a community of enthusiastic and creative people who totally get that feeling of too many art supplies, not enough time.

To help you really ignite that spark, Get Messy has:

Art and journaling prompts

Art technique tutorials that you can fit into your schedule

Actionable inspiration

A place to ask questions, share your unbridled enthusiasm for your favorite type of glue, and discuss living a creative life with others trying to do the same!

Digital art dates – artist-led live masterclass where you create alongside other Get Messians (this is the amazing community part we keep talking about!)

A massive library with 16 full classes, 28 past seasons, and 15 live masterclasses led by artist-teachers

Whether you’re a full-time artist or trying to fit in creative time anywhere you can, you’ll never be without creative ideas. 


I wouldn’t be able to create so much work without get messy’s constant support and appreciation.

Prior to becoming a Messian, I had this black hole inside me – it asked for something, some creativity, some inspiration, but I didn’t know how to feed it. As I joined get Messy, I discovered a whole new world where creativity could be a part of your everyday life.


Get Messy will change your life. I can’t really remember pre-Get Messy anymore. Almost instantly after joining, I became more creative, more motivated to create and most importantly (for me) I met and connected with a group of the loveliest, truly like minded people for what felt like the first time ever.


I am forever grateful for this community who not only make me feel loved but also cause me to laugh…a lot! Since joining Get Messy I’ve created so much more, I’ve become more consistent in my creative practice each year since I’ve joined, and I’ve found amazing people to share life’s journey with. Get Messy has been a lifesaver and a home to me.

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After registration you will have immediate access. You'll have access as long as you're a member to watch the lessons any time, at your own pace, with or without pants.

(our vote is always the pants-less option)

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.