HOW TO PAINT CLOUDS ON WALLS – Painting clouds on a wall is an excellent way to brighten up a child’s playroom. You do need to take a little time with this and step back often to look at the progress, but once done the cloud effect can look really great on any wall in the home. When it comes to painting murals on your walls or ceilings you can either do it yourself or hire a professional decorative painter. In this guide we provide practical instructions that will allow you to create beautiful painted clouds on your walls or ceilings.
Take a look at the video above as this provides you with a visual representation of the techniques used to paint clouds on walls.
Prepare the wall you want to paint by removing any dirt, grime and grease. You can do this by taking a bucketing and adding some Sugar Soap. Sugar soap is a great detergent and really does lift off any dirt, grease or grime on your walls.
To complete the preparation of your wall you need to fill in any holes or cracks before you start. It is best if you have a nice clean and smooth surface to work with.
You need to choose a range of colors that mimic the sky, such as a shade of blue that resembles the sky, a little misty blue works well. You will also need a little gray and white to add realism to the clouds.
Start by painting the base blue randomly, leaving areas that resemble the shapes of clouds. Once you have completed this stand back and take a good look at the appearance of your clouds to see if you are happy with the way the project is forming. You can add more cloud shapes if you wish. Remember that you are working close up so you will need to stand back often in order to see the progress.
Go over the areas you painted once again with the same color, this time almost scrubbing the paint in around the cloud shapes you formed. Try to remember depth and that the further down the wall you go the lighter it becomes and the further up you go the darker it becomes. This creates the illusion of distance on the horizon and makes the whole scene look more realistic.
You are now ready to paint your clouds by applying the white first and then touches of gray to give the cloud depth. Again use a scrubbing action with your paint brush around the edges of your clouds as this gives depth and realism to the scene.
Remember stand back often to take a look at your progress.
Apply the paint using a swirling motion to create the body of the cloud with the white paint. You can darken the white paint a little if you choose with some gray or just apply the gray separately.
With a damp sponge, dab around the outer edges of the cloud to give it that airy look. Again you can darken the scene by adding a little gray until you get the overall effect you are looking for.
As you work on each cloud you want to paint, keep stepping back to look at it from a distance and make any adjustments until it looks realistic.
Acknowledgements: Video – eHow.com