Decorative Painting Technique "Clouds" On the Ceiling
by Casey Heaton
(Kingsport, TN, USA)
"Clouds" Created With a Decorative Painting Technique
When we decided to paint our bedroom ceiling, we wanted to choose something both relaxing and fun. We naturally chose clouds.
We wanted to do it a little bit airier, and more artistic looking than most people, so we chose to use a dark blue paint for the base, and go over it with white, yellow, and gold colors. The color choices made it seem a bit more like an evening sky to me, and also matched our gold colored walls. Our ceiling is also textured, so that provided more depth for the cloudscape.
My husband and I both chipped in on the work. He mostly did the base paint, and I followed after it had dried with the actual "clouds". I used layers of paint applied with sponges, brushes, and, believe it or not, plastic bags to achieve the look I wanted. We finished our ceiling up with glass baubles we had collected in the past.
If you're interested in painting your ceiling, I do have a bit of advice from trial and error to give. Make sure you tape off your walls! My husband almost neglected to do this, and we would have had blue splatters on our gold walls.
I recommend using rollers for the base coat (if you have multiple coats), as it's easier on you. I also recommend making the most out of your painted ceiling, whether it's buying fun decorations to hang from it, or incorporating other finishing touches.
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