A revelation was made the other day: Mr. Snuggles was my astrological sign - Taurus the bull. Even more coincidental was another discovery - the constellation Taurus was shaped like a K. It was meant to be.
Wood plaque (Walnut Hollow Country Round at Michaels)
Gold paint pen (Craft Smart Fine Line at Michaels)
Start by figuring out how to draw the constellation. I found a picture of the Taurus constellation and printed it to the size of the wood piece. Place the paper with the constellation drawing on it over your wood piece. Using a pen, indent dots where the stars should be. Press firmly enough so that when you remove the paper, you can see the indents.
Drill the holes where the stars should be. We used a 1/8th inch drillbit, but the size of the holes is entirely up to you.
Download and print the watercolor night sky texture provided below (or use a different one if you like. You can google free textures and find a whole array of them.) When you transfer it, it will be flipped horizontally so just make sure it is correctly printed the way you want it to appear. Print it to size based on how large your wood cut is so that it covers the entire area.
Paint the entire paper with matte medium. A thin layer should be fine, without having globs on your paper. Place it over your wood piece, smoothing out the creases. Let dry for 8 hours.
Soak the paper with water. The paper should easily come off, but you can also use a towel to rub it off. However, be forewarned that using a towel can sometimes take pieces of the print. Using your fingers to rub the paint off is safest. If you accidentally rub some of the print off (like we did), fill in the spots with color pencil.
Using the drillbit you used to make the holes, poke the holes through to make sure they go all the way through the wood and the paper.
Poke your gold paint pen through the holes to coat the inside with gold. Then draw lines connecting your constellation. Finish it with drawing gold dots for more stars.