You may recall that last week, I shared a look at an alcohol ink painting that I was working on. I gave a hint at what it was; if you missed it, you can see this post HERE. Anyway, I’ve finished painting, and now I can share my version of Starry Night, the iconic painting by Vincent Van Gogh.
I could probably sit and tinker with this painting for at least another day, but I’ve told myself to stop now!
I think that I got enough of the ‘main’ images, so that my painting is recognizable as a version of Van Gogh’s. Alcohol ink is very different from acrylic, but I don’t think I’d ever make a living as a forger!
To start, I lightly sketched out the placement for the main images (the cypress tree, hills, moon). Next pour the background colours; lighter blue at the top, darker at the bottom. To create the areas for the stars, use an alcohol ink blending pen or Fantastix with alcohol, and lift off the background colour. Because I used Yupo as my base, it doesn’t lift off to pure white, but I like it better that way. If you look at Van Gogh’s painting, the white isn’t a stark, glaring white. The photo below is taken from the internet, so of course the colours may not be ‘true’.
After lifting the blues, add in the yellow for the stars and moon. For the cypress tree, I used several greens, a brown and black. Colour is lifted for the houses & church steeple, and then painted in with black alcohol ink. I’m happy to say I didn’t use any markers! I did use a white gel pen, and a white Posca paint pen for some of the lighter areas.
Here’s another look at my version of Starry Night. I don’t have a mat to fit it, so I place a piece of black cardstock behind the painting, to try for the look of matting.
This is actually my second rendition of Van Gogh’s paintings; last year I watched a tutorial and did a painting of Van Gogh’s Irises. You can see it in this post HERE. Interestingly enough, both Irises and Starry Night were painted during his stay at at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Starry Night was painted from his imagination, whereas Irises was a reference painting, from the gardens at the asylum.
Maybe I’ll try his Sunflowers next. Or, I’ve always wanted to try Monet’s waterlilies at Giverny! Will you try your own version of Starry Night? I’d love to see it, if you do. In the meantime, I’ve listed supplies below.