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How to Paint Clouds on Walls

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I was recently asked to paint clouds onto a bedroom wall. I had never done this before, but after some experimentation, we managed to get it done.
What you'll need: 
Blue matt emulsion (Lighter than Royal Blue)
White matt emulsion
Black touch up-paint (squeezable tube that costs around £1.50)
Making sure that the walls are clean, dry and sound and that anything you don't want painted in the room is sensibly covered up, paint on the base coat (blue) with a roller, ensuring a flat finish by spreading the paint liberally and going over areas with a nearly dry roller.
This should be dry enough to paint on in around four hours, in which time you can start to plan how you want your clouds to look and where you want them to go. Having them go round corners and surrounding doors and windows makes the mural look continuous and impressive. After a couple of hours, it will probably be dry enough for you to plan them out in pencil if you wish.
Using slightly watered-down white emulsion (which I suggest you mix in a paint tray or bucket), and making sure to wipe the brush on a rug or dustsheet, begin painting the clouds in an inconspicuous location (i.e. behind a door) until you are happy.
The best way to make cloud like textures and shapes is to use circular brush strokes, and not worrying too much about getting good coverage, so as to allow the undercoat to come through in patches.
The edges of the clouds should not be too well defined, and its best to avoid straight edges as these will look far too false. The best way is to dry-brush in a circular motion around the edge of the cloud. Dry-brushing is essentially wiping practically all of the paint from the brush, until the tiniest amount is painted on.
Feel free to experiment with different sized clouds and different tones by adding tiny amounts of the black tone into a seperate amount of white paint, or dropping tiny amounts of the undercoat colour into it.
You can also use a flat surface to lightly mix small amounts of paint colours together, and then dry-brush this mix on.
Don't be too scared - you can always paint over patches you are unhappy with (if you must). Don't be afraid to paint larger clouds and random shapes, although they tend to look better if there is a roughly uniform distance between them.
When we painted this, we felt it would look really great as the walls of a bedroom, especially for a child. We painted it as part of a film set and many people expressed an interest in having it in their house.
Make sure to use matt emulsion, as it is easier to clean up afterwards, and is better suited for painting on walls.


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