I am totally head over heels for astrology! And I guess I’m pretty fond of the galaxy too, since they go together. I came up with the Astrology Art Wall Hanging project while brainstorming a birthday gift for my mother! She was the one who introduced me to astrology as a kid, so it made it that much more fun to make.
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I had originally planned to make her a natal chart, but while researching that, I came across the constellation and thought “oh, wouldn’t that be so much fun!” I then remembered seeing a galaxy watercolor art piece while I was on Instagram not long ago and it just clicked! I will make make a galaxy with her constellation in it!
As I was gathering all of the materials more and more ideas flooded in until we had what you see here! I actually made several galaxies, because I had to order the other materials and wait for them to be ready for pickup (stinking lockdown!). This allowed me to make a few other astrology art pieces!
For mine, Scorpio, I placed the gold cardstock off-center to represent a waning gibbous moon, since that’s what I was born under (which I had learned while researching natal charts!) I think this adds an extra special touch when giving these as a gift and wish I had thought of it before I made one for my mom.
Ready to make an Astrology Art Wall Hanging? Here’s What I did:
Watercolor Paper (I used Strathmore 400 Series, Cold Press 9″ x 12″)
Watercolor Paints (I used Prang Semi-moist Watercolors)
Round Paint Brush
White Craft Paint
White Paint Pen
Matboard (I purchased mine from Michael’s)
Gold Card Stock (I purchased mine from Michael’s)
White or Off White Cardstock
Cricut or Silhouette Cutting Machine for Matboard
I made mine to be 11″ x 14″ but you can adjust the size to your preferences.
2 – 3 Hours including dry time
- A cutting machine is not needed, but it does make this project much easier!
- I painted the matboard used in this tutorial. I bought white, then used craft paint to make it black. Matboard can be purchased in many colors, including black though.
- The matboard featured in the Sagittarius Astrology Art Wall Hanging tutorial photos is choppy, this was due to needing a new blade in my Cricut and I didn’t notice until it was all cut out. Typically, it cuts nice smooth lines when set to the proper settings.
With watercolor paper and watercolor paints, create a galaxy painting (I do not have a tutorial for this, but there are several online). Basically I used watercolor paints and laid in a few layers of the sky colors, I set it aside for a few minutes so it could dry up a bit, and then splatter painted some “stars” onto the the sky with watered down white craft paint.
While the paint dries completely, prepare your matboard: Start by cutting out an 11″ x 18″ piece with an exacto knife.
Next cut out a 6″ diameter circle centered width-wise, approximately 1.75″ down from the top edge. Centered 0.75″ under the circle, cut out a 4.5″ x 1.75″ rectangle.
Finally, centered and beneath that rectangle, cut another rectangle 7″ x 1.75″, 0.75″ down from the top rectangle.
You can also use my template on Cricut Design Space if you have a Cricut cutting machine.
Next, cut your cardstock. This needs to be a bit smaller than the cuts on the matboard to frame the inside, so we will cut it in two separate pieces.
First, cut a 7.75″ x 6.5″ square piece of cardstock, then cut out a 5.5″ diameter circle, centered width-wise, approximately 0.5″ down from the top edge.
Then, cut an 8.5″ x 4.5″ rectangular piece of cardstock. Cut out a 4 5/8″ x 1.25″ rectangle, centered width-wise, approximately 0.5″ down from the top edge.
Finally, centered and beneath that rectangle, cut another rectangle 6.5″ x 1 1/8″, 1″ down from the top rectangle.
My template in Cricut Design Space does also include the cardstock mat.
Next, go to the Astrology Art Wall Hanging PDF and download your free copy. This file contains both the astrological sign names and descriptors, plus the constellations.
Print the pages needed, set aside the sign name and descriptors, and cut out the constellation portion. Once you have the constellation cut out, poke holes in the center of the stars. Poke small holes in the small stars and large holes in the large stars.
Take the galaxy painting, place it below the circle cutout on the matboard, and decide which part of the galaxy you want featured, then trace the circle to highlight that portion.
Now, center the constellation in the middle of your galaxy, and “trace” the “stars” onto your galaxy, by placing a pencil in the holes you poked and transferring them onto the galaxy. Make sure your constellation is facing the correct direction and you are holding the paper securely in place as you draw the dots, so that they are forming the constellation.
Next you will grab a ruler and draw the lines to connect the stars as shown on the constellation print out.
Grab your cardstock frame pieces and tape them to the the backside of the matboard, so they create an inside liner to the cutouts.
Now tape your astrological sign and descriptors to the back of the cardstock/matboard, so they are perfectly lined up and centered in the rectangles.
Grab your white paint and a thin brush or a white paint pen and go over your pencil marks to make the constellation stand out; make the larger dots more prominent. Set aside and allow to dry.
Once the constellation is dry, place it in your frame and hang it on the wall!
Thank you for checking out my Astrology Art Wall Hanging tutorial!
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