How to Paint a Moon- Step by Step Guide

The Harvest moon is the happy face of the moon. Do you know why? For a change, the pale moon swells up with joy and radiates with a glow, flooding the night sky with its golden light.

Being an artist, it is hard not to marvel at the moon in all its splendor and recapture its beauty in your sketchbook. The Mixed Media Sketchbooks from Menorah are perfect for you to create such beautiful sceneries. It is 180 GSM thick and perfect for Dry Media like Sakura Pen Art, Soft Pastels, Oil Pastel, Color Pencils etc. and Wet mediums like Acrylics, Gouache, Water Color paintings, Tempera, Poster color etc. Its acid free papers will keep your beautiful paintings intact.

Here is how you can recreate the Moon Painting done by @artby_ishu on Menorah Sketchbook:

Materials required

  1. Menorah’s 180 GSM sketchbook
  2. Gouache paint
  3. Pencil
  4. Flat paintbrush
  5. Round paintbrush


  • Stick washi tape at the borders for a clean finish. To paint the moon, draw a circle at the center of the sketchbook with your pencil.


  • Add a layer of light blue gouache paint around the circle to create a halo around the moon, that makes it look the moon is glowing.
  • Add white paint to give a soft blended finish.


  • Next, paint a layer of ultramarine blue around the light blue. This dark color around the light one, adds depth to the painting.
  • Blend both these colors with a flat brush in a circular motion, to get the desired gradient of the night sky on the 180 gsm paper.


  • It is worth noting that the moon is never uniform. There are usually blotches that are seen, which are craters on its surface.
  • To get that golden glow, highlight parts of it with yellow paint followed by orange using a round brush.

  • Add more details to your painting.
  • Draw trees with branches using black paint. Highlight the trunks of the trees with brown colour for a more realistic effect.

  • Take off the washi tape and savour your golden moon.
  • You can also take a print out of the below given outline sketch to guide you through the process.

 Capture the beauty of the world around you and explore many more techniques with Mixed Media Paper from Menorah.

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