Murals are a way to liven up a kid's room and give it character. Clouds are a subject you can create that are simple to paint on the ceiling or walls. Cumulus type clouds are ideal for a kids' room as they are the puffy, lumpy types and are the easiest to paint.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- White latex paint
- Light blue latex paint
- Mixing stick
- Sponge applicator
- White chalk
- Cloud stencils
- Stipple brush
Paint a sky. Lightly mix white paint with light blue paint. An interior latex paint with semigloss finish is ideal for a kids room because it cleans up easily. Allow streaks of colour in the paint versus a completely blended mixture. Apply the paint with a sea sponge instead of with a paint brush so you get a lighter, airier appearance.
Draw your clouds onto the wall or ceiling using white chalk. White chalk will allow you to temporarily draw your clouds so you have a template when you go back to paint. It also allows you to erase and start over if you make a mistake.
Create the cloud's lumps by drawing the letter "M" over again two or three times. Then start a new set of lumps attached to the side of the previous ones. Vary the size of the cloudy lumps to add variety to your clouds' edges.
As an alternative, there are cloud stencils available for those who are creatively challenged.
Fill in your cloud shapes with white paint and a stipple-style paint brush. This type of paint brush allows you to create fluffy, white clouds similar to the real thing.
Tips and warnings
- Wear gloves while painting to avoid stains from drips and drops.
- Use painters tape on moulding, windows and other parts of the room you do not want to paint. Place a dust sheet on the floor for protection.
- Practice your paint techniques on a large piece of cardboard before you try it on the wall.
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