Today marks the February full moon so we are going to be celebrating by DIYing a lunar calendar. I like keeping track of the lunar schedule because I use it as a time to reassess how my month is going, to check in on the things I want to accomplish and as a reminder to recharge my crystals. Fun fact, a full moon is the best time to “recharge” any crystals you have in your house. I don’t know if they actually recharge their crystal light powers but I like to pretend I’m Sailor Moon so I set them on my balcony and pretend the moonlight brings them back up to full energy force.
This year, I chose to paint my lunar calendar with watercolors. I bought these off of Amazon and have really enjoyed them pigment wise. I do have to say that mine smell faintly of vinegar so be forewarned. Before I bought these, I had only used solid watercolors. Now I will never go back. I like that I have a lot more freedom to mix my own color combinations but if you feel better off with color choices already decided for you then the solids may be a better choice.
THINGS YOU NEED
- Watercolor paper (I used 18×24)
- Watercolor paints
- White and gold acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Paint tray
- Gold Sharpie
To start, draw a large circle on the top 2/3rd of your watercolor paper (you want to leave the bottom 1/3rd for the actual calendar). I chose a pretty big size paper (18×24) because I wanted my calendar to be huge but feel free to scale down to whatever size you want. Once you have your circle size sketched out, start painting a layer of dark blues, light blues, greens, and blacks around the outside of your circle. The fun part about watercolor is that you get to layer, layer, and layer some more to create a beautiful depth of colors. Even if you don’t like the first layer you put down you can always adjust it as you paint other layers on top of it.
While your first layer of blue is drying, you can start painting your moon. I chose to go with a blood moon-ish color to match the rest of my bedroom but you can do whatever colors your heart is calling for. I mixed up a few oranges, purples, greens and pinks for my base and went to town on the layering. Make sure you let your layers dry down completely before painting on top of them again or they won’t give you the depth you want as an end result. Don’t worry about the color lines being super harsh in the first few layers, you can always go in with a clean water brush later and blend them out. You can make the moon as light or as dark as you want, just make sure the “sky” outside of the moon gets to a really deep, dark blue black color. You want it to be nice and dark so your “stars” will really pop later on.
Time to add the calendar! To be completely transparent, this took me a LOT longer than I was anticipating. I found the best way to tackle this was to take a ruler and make a light grid to make sure everything lined up straight and had enough room between dates. (I am notorious for writing and painting in crooked lines.) I ended up doing the days of the week on the X axis and the months on the Y axis. I did five weeks in total across the top and marked the crescent moons, half moons, full moons and new moons. I based my lunar calendar off of this one. Once I drew everything out in pencil, I went back in with a gold Sharpie and traced over everything. You still with me? I swear the hardest part of this thing is over, pat yourself on the back.
Now the fun part – painting the “stars.” Take a bit of your white acrylic paint and add a few drops of water to it, it’s better for this project if it’s a little runny. Take clean paint brush, dip it in the white acrylic paint and spray it onto the painting using your finger. Basically you are flicking the paint onto the sky which makes a bunch of little dots resembling “stars.” I did this again with a little bit of gold paint just to accent the gold calendar. After you’re satisfied with your amount of stars, you can also go back in with a white gel pen and accentuate a few of the dots to be bigger or draw out a few small constellations.
After I drew my stars I wanted to add a little something else so I made a geometric pattern on top of my blood moon. I took my ruler and a gold gel pen and started drawing a bunch of fun triangles, lines, squares, whatever came to mind.
I loved how my lunar calendar turned out. It’s a little more time intensive than other DIY’s that I’ve done in the past but it is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon if you need a relaxing painting activity.
Happy New Moon!