Lux Splendida (Bright Light) Gel Pen Drawing Tutorial

I’ve always loved moons and stars- the complexity and beautiful nature of the celestial galaxy should never go unappreciated. The simple fact that we humans know very little about space and how far it goes make it that much more special. My theme for my planner next year is galaxy so I figured I would start getting prepping for it by making a journal cover. It’s a lot easier than it looks!

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6x6" TCW923 Celestial Sun Stencil with gold gel pen centered on black card stock
6×6″ TCW923 Celestial Sun Stencil with gold gel pen centered on black card stock

On an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of black card stock, I squared off the center of the page with a faint pencil line and placed the 6×6″ TCW923 Celestial Sun Stencil right on top of the center point, aligning the horizontal lines together. I filled in the lines with a mix of both gold and white gel pen.

Throughout this drawing, I used a mix of size 1.0mm Uniball Signo Gel Pens in both white and gold. I also use sizes .5mm and .8mm white Sakura Gelly Roll Pens (some of the parts of the stencil don’t allow for the thicker nibs). A differentiation of line thickness makes for a more complex looking drawing with very little effort.

12x12" TCW873 Orb Mandala Stencil with white gel pen on black card stock.
12×12″ TCW873 Orb Mandala Stencil with white gel pen on black card stock.

For the outside circle lines, lined up with the vertical pencil lines. I traced only a part of the 12×12″ TCW873 Orb Mandala Stencil with a white gel pen and connected the remaining lines together. The center of this stencil is almost the same size as the sun’s face which makes for easy alignment.

6x6" TCW5004 Star Shower Stencil with gold gel pen on black card stock
6×6″ TCW5004 Star Shower Stencil with gold gel pen on black card stock

I filled in the moon circles around the edges and drew in an extra circle in the middle filled with gold stars from 6×6″ TCW5004 Star Shower Stencil.

12x12" TCW734 Constellations Stencil with white gel on black card stock
12×12″ TCW734 Constellations Stencil with white gel on black card stock

For the inner circle and the outer corner edges of the layout, I stenciled in white star formations with 12×12″ TCW734 Constellations Stencil.

For the remaining finishes, I added some silver glitter additive from Brea Reese in the center circle for some added glitz and doodled a few more things here and there with white and gold gel pens.

See? Not too hard was it? I’m even going to do this one again to make a journal cover for my next year’s planner theme! Happy doodling!

Renae Davis, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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