How to paint clouds on walls

How to paint clouds on walls

Painting clouds is not as difficult as you may think. It’s more like blending colour to create the wispy look of realistic clouds.



Step 1
Start off by painting the walls with a coat of light blue satin acrylic paint and then paint the ceiling with a paler shade of blue (from the same paint swatch) in sating acrylic paint. Using satin will reflect light and give the room a shimmering, cool look.

Step 2
Use a matt white acrylic to apply the main cloud shape onto the wall with a sponge applicator. While you are waiting for this to dry, cut out the same shape in a piece of acetate or plastic sheet – cardboard also works just as well.

How to paint clouds on walls

Step 3
Apply sprayable adhesive onto the back of your stencil and place this over the main cloud shape. Mix together 1 part white paint with 2 parts scumble glaze and use the sponge applicator to colour in this second part. Remove and reposition the stencil at the other side of your cloud to repeat this process.

How to paint clouds on walls

Step 4
After each cloud is finished, step down from the ladder and look at the overall effect to get an idea of proportions and perspective.

How to paint clouds on walls

Step 5
Use a soft, dry brush to lightly blur/smudge the outer edges and to create depth and dimension to the cloud. Dab the brush over the still wet paint and wipe off on a piece of paper towel before continuing.

Master the gouache wet-in-wet technique as you learn how to paint clouds.

How to paint clouds on walls

Fine artist Justin Donaldson is here to show us how to paint clouds. He uses gouache, poster colour, oil and open-acrylics in his everyday adventure with painting. He’s created a number of online courses around painting with gouache, and painting landscapes, including how to paint clouds, and he’s created this tutorial just for you.

If you’re looking to get started in traditional painting, then take a look at our advice for canvas painting for beginners before you jump into Donaldson’s cloud painting tutorial. You may also want to look at the best art easels around, as well as the best oil paints if you’re using oils.

In this workshop Donaldson will show you some of the core skills he uses when creating landscape paintings in gouache, with a focus on cumulonimbus clouds. Clouds are a difficult subject to paint at the best of times. They’re full of a massive variety of edge qualities, from lost edges to hard edges. If you’re using gouache, being able to paint consistently with soft edges provides a particular challenge since it’s the nature of gouache to dry very quickly. Don’t fear though – Donaldson has a few tricks to share that will help combat this particular difficulty.

How to paint clouds

01. Soak the paper on both sides

Use your biggest brush to apply water on both sides of the paper. Warping occurs when water is unevenly distributed on the paper. By getting both sides of the paper wet we’ll avoid most instances of warping as well as provide a longer time in which the paint remains wet, activated and therefore workable.

Sky gradient setup

Let’s take Cerulean blue and Titanium white to create a layer of paint where the sky will be. Make sure that you’re painting with some thick paint. It needs to be thick enough to interact with the white of the cloud when we paint it in.

03. Paint the gradient

From the top down, horizontally apply a layer of pure Cerulean blue to the area that already contains the base sky layer. As you bring your brush down the paper avoid the temptation to reload your brush. The natural mix of paint that occurs as you bring the brush down the page will result in a gradient.

04. Start the clouds

While the paint that you’ve applied is still wet, charge a layer of white paint into the blue sky to create your clouds. Charging requires a lot of paint and water at the same time. This technique will enable all the paint we’ve used so far to mix very naturally, and will result in a very soft edge for the cloud.

05. Create the shadows

Create a darker mix for the shadows of the cloud. I like to focus on the larger gradients within the shape at this point, rather than getting sucked into the smaller shapes within the clouds. This is a great time to think about the bounce light that might be occurring. Bounce light helps the clouds to feel light and fluffy.

06. Paint smaller shapes within the cloud

Next, focus on smaller shapes within the painting. At this point some of the paint has evaporated from the painting and we’ll be able to apply paint with an edge quality that’s not yet hard, but not as soft as it was in the initial layout.

07. Use the soft brushing technique

A lot of clouds shapes have a variety of edge qualities within a single shape. We can take a dry soft brush with no paint on it and drag it over an edge to soften the edge up. This is often useful when trying to describe form shadows or lost edges.

08. Create context for the composition

Now we get to provide context for the cloud. When we paint we’re never dealing with an object in isolation, and the way our cloud interacts with what’s around it says a great deal about the cloud itself. This cloud is casting a shadow onto a mountain, and this gives it a definite location in space.

09. Paint soft shadows on the mountainside

Create a gradient on the mountain. The soft quality of this gradient tells us that the cloud which is casting the shadow is far away and has soft edges. Once again, we get to communicate about the cloud in the act of painting our mountain! Feel free to use a soft dry brush to extend the length of the gradient.

10. Detail the mountain

In the mountain gradient we have communicated the larger quality of the mountains form. Now we get to go in and detail the smaller forms. Use the shadow colour and drag it from the shadow into the light. Because the paint is still wet we’ll end up with edges that are moderately soft.

11. Paint the lake at the base of the mountain

Now we are going to create the body of water. The major movement of the water is to paint a gradient lighter nearer to the mountain and darker as it gets closer to the bottom of the page.

12. Add fine details

We want to create a little more dynamism to the painting, so let’s add in a triangle mountain edge coming into view. So far we’ve been careful with our values, not allowing the shadows to become too dark. Now we can use the room that has afforded us to silhouette the new mountain edge in an even darker colour.

13. Re-wet the paint

If you step away from your painting and need to come back to it with soft edges it’s often helpful to reactivate the paint on the page, to achieve a wet-in-wet effect again. To do this I recommend quick, even, large and light sweeps of your brush loaded with only a small amount of water.

14. Add the finishing touches

You can then come in with a brush loaded with normal water and work back into the painting. Let’s use this technique to bring in new details to our clouds, water and mountains. It can be difficult, but with practice you can apply extra wet-in-wet details and no one will be the wiser that you ever left your painting to dry.

15. Choose how to protect your artwork

Now we can step back and enjoy our art! Gouache is traditionally framed behind glass so that it’s not accidentally reactivated by moisture, but you can frame it open, use a wax sealant, or apply a matte sealant to keep it safe.

This article was originally published in ImagineFX, the world’s best-selling magazine for digital artists. Subscribe here (opens in new tab) .

January 9, 2021 By Margie Moore & filed under Art Blog.

How to paint clouds on walls

There’s more to painting clouds than loading your brush with white paint and making big blobs in the sky. Remember, there are different types of clouds — throwback to grade school science class! — and each has its own opacity, shape and way to paint it. So whether you want to paint a landscape en plein air or work from a photo, these are the four cloud types to know — and the tricks to keep in mind when making ’em.

Thick, Loosely Formed Clouds

How to paint clouds on walls

These cumulus clouds are dense and oh-so-fun to paint when trying to capture an overcast day. You only need a few patches of blue sky to poke through!

1. Sketch

Start by sketching a few jagged shapes. These will be patches of sky peeking out from behind the cloud. Keep these pencil lines very light, so they vanish in the paint or can be gently erased later.

2. Add Water and Paint

Apply a water glaze across the entire sky. Then drop in blue paint within your pencil sketches. The color will flow beyond the pencil lines and crease light wisps of blue.

3. Add Darker Blues

Let the painting dry about halfway before dabbing more blue into these same areas. Don’t worry about making this super even — you want the color to be natural. Use different water-to-paint ratios to get darker and lighter areas of blues, and remember there are no set rules here — just keep adding more color until you’re satisfied with the painting. (Bonus: if you add too much blue, it’s easy to lift off the color.)

Big, Billowy Clouds

How to paint clouds on walls

You know those lazy summer days, when you look for shapes in puffy clouds as they mosey across the sky? That’s what we’re talking about here, and these classic clouds are super simple to paint.

1. Sketch

Keeping your pencil lines super light, start by sketching out your cloud in a basic oval or circle shape. Build in more detailed edges, then draw light lines within the cloud to indicate the billowy hills.

2. Paint the Sky

Lay a water glaze around the cloud, keeping the cloud itself completely dry. Paint the sky your desired shade of blue. Let dry.

Pro Tip: When you drop in the color, it’ll spread to the wet areas, so it’s vital that the cloud stays dry. You can apply masking fluid to the paper before you begin painting, which will prevent the areas you want to keep white from being accidentally covered in paint.

3. Add the Details

Once the painting is completely dry, it’s time to work on the cloud. Give it depth by adding a light gray wash to define the billows (see arrow 1 in the image above).

To round it out, wet an area just outside of the hills and drop in a small amount of gray. Immediately smooth the edges with your brush (see arrow 2 in the image). That’s it!

Dramatic Cumulus Clouds

How to paint clouds on walls

These clouds are perfect for those dramatic, sweeping landscapes you see right before a storm rolls in. The key to painting stormy skies is to layer dense, dark areas with bright, white ones.

1. Sketch

Draw the basic cloud shape, just like you did with the big, billowy cloud. But this time, really stack it — lightly outline lots of hill-like formations around and inside the cloud.

2. Water Glaze

Add a water glaze to your entire sky area. But unlike the billowy cloud, allow some of the water to flow inside the cloud.

Add the blue paint. The water inside the clouds will pump up the drama of your painting (see the arrows in the photo above). Keep it loose and see what happens — remember, you can always lift any color you don’t want.

Wispy Cirrus Clouds

Cirrus clouds are high-level clouds that go hand-in-hand with fair weather. So when you’re painting those sunny landscapes , turn to these two methods.

1. The Blue-Over-White Method

How to paint clouds on walls

Apply a water glaze to the sky, then drop in a few light swirls of blue paint. Let it dry about halfway before adding more swirls of blue. Keep repeating this process of adding color and letting the paper semi-dry, as it’ll keep the edges soft and prevent the color from looking flat.

2. The White-Over-Blue Method

How to paint clouds on walls

Paint a blue wash over the entire sky and let dry. Then, mix a little water with white gouache paint and brush it onto the sky. Soften the hard edges with a paintbrush filled with water.

Varying Your Medium

How to paint clouds on walls

The cool thing about painting clouds is the basic methods can be applied no matter what your medium! For example, check out the above cumulus cloud done in charcoal. Both the sky and cloud are done in horizontal strokes, but the pressure was varied to create depth through light and shade.

Now go outside and capture those skies!

Awesome tutorial, I rush and then it looks like a 3 year old just done it, clouds and water I crave to learn

Painting a room is a task which demands a lot of effort, patience and a bit of knowledge. If you are doing it for the first time, it is mandatory to seek for expert advice regarding the preparation, tools and painting technique to achieve the desired result. Okay, let’s assume that somehow you’ve managed to paint the walls. That was the easy part. Now imagine if you have been asked to draw clouds on them and make them look realistic on top of that. That, I would say, looks like a greater difficulty!

And yet, there is nothing to worry about. With a little practice and guidance (the latter is my responsibility!) you will quickly master the technique and make your kids extremely happy with the new look of their bedroom.

Keep in mind: you’ll have to take two days off to finish the project, because after day one you will have to wait 24 hours until the blue base paint dries. Only then you will be able to start painting the clouds. When purchasing the paint, pay attention to how much lead it contains. Learn which are the health risks of lead in paint and avoid buying a toxic one.

How to paint clouds on walls

Materials and tools:

  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Painting tape
  • Mixing container
  • Measuring cup
  • Drop cloth
  • Cheesecloth
  • Cardboard
  • Screwdriver
  • Blue and white paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glaze
  • Primer
  • Chalk
  • Pictures of clouds


Before each home renovation project, the first thing to do is prepare and protect the site from potential damages caused during the work process. Unmount switch plate covers and tape the areas around doors and windows. To protect the floor from paint spills, place the drop cloth beneath the area you plan to paint. If the wall has never been painted before, you have to apply primer first as a basis, using the paint roller. If it has paint already, you can skip this step.

Continue with applying the sky-blue paint on the walls you plan to renovate. Also, paint two cardboard pieces to have a canvas for practice. Allow the paint to dry for at least 20 hours. In the mixing container, pour white paint and glaze in a 3:1 ratio. Stir well and pour the mixture into the tray.

With the chalk, mark the places where you want to paint the ‘practice’ clouds on the cardboard pieces, by re-making the contour from the cloud pictures. To fill the middle of the clouds, outline on the cardboard, dip the sea sponge into the white paint mixture and press it on the surface, twisting it from time to time to create natural patterns. You will notice that not the entire area is evenly covered with paint, but don’t bother -this is where the cheesecloth comes to the aid.

Daub the blue spots in the cloud with a wet cheesecloth. This will soften the edges, making it look more realistic. Just make sure the cheesecloth is not too wet because it will ruin the drawing. Wring it out very carefully.

When you are content with the look of the practice clouds, then it is time to paint them on the walls. Repeat steps 6, 7 and 8 for every cloud you plan to paint. Draw them in various sizes and random locations on the wall.

If you are struggling with following this tutorial, maybe a video will be of greater benefit:

A ceiling accented with clouds and sky adds whimsy to the room, makes you feel relaxed, and creates a feeling of being outside.

Clouds are often painted on the ceiling of a nursery or a child’s room to enhance a decorative theme based on nature or fantasy, but clouds overhead can help a small room feel larger or a short ceiling appear taller. There’s no limit to where you can paint clouds.

If you’re thinking of painting clouds on a ceiling in your home, here are some tips to remember, as well as a video to help you bring the outside in!

1. Remove shades from light fixtures that may be in your way.

2. For an airy look, use a light sky-blue for the base color of the ceiling. One gallon covers about 350 square feet, so measure and buy accordingly.

3. Remove as much furniture from the room as possible. Painting the ceiling requires a lot of moving and repositioning the ladder. It’s best to have an empty space.

4. Place a drop cloth on the floor to prevent damage caused by paint drips.

5. Draw a sketch of your cloudy ceiling, so you have a guide line of what you want it to look like. Larger clouds in the center and smaller clouds towards the edges create the illusion that the ceiling is slightly lower in the center. A random array of sizes look more natural as though you’re lying on the ground looking up at a patch of sky.

6. A little paint goes a long way. All you need to buy is one quart glaze, a sample size pure white paint and light gray paint to make the clouds.

How to paint clouds on walls

This ceiling was in a formal living room. As you can see this ceiling started out with a green color and it just didn’t do much for he space. After painting the sky and clouds, I knew it needed more depth and was missing an element, so we added the baluster to give it that finishing touch

Here is the side-by-side of the ceiling with painted clouds. What a light and airy transformation!

How to paint clouds on walls

Here are some more ideas of ways to add painted clouds to ceilings.

How to paint clouds on walls

Believe it or not, this ceiling was in a kitchen. but it would also look great in a study or den to create warmth and bring nature into your space. There are no rules to where to paint clouds on ceilings,

How to paint clouds on walls

These painted clouds were created on a dining room ceiling and I added a heart-shaped rod iron to enhance the space. Simple but elegant!

How to paint clouds on walls

These whimsical clouds and butterfly overlook a bath tub in the master on-suite. Imagine enjoying a bubble bath and gazing up at a beautiful blue sky. Awwwww!

Are you ready to paint some clouds on your ceiling? If so here’s a Tutorial on how to paint clouds with the woolly tool.

I hope you found this helpful. If you’re looking for more decorating ideas visit me on Pinterest . For more painting ceiling ideas, check out my previous posts: Stunning Ceilings, Tin Ceilings on a Budget, and Whimsical Stenciled Ceiling.

I hope this inspires you to paint your ceilings!

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How to paint clouds on walls

You can be a travel enthusiast who always wants to fly through the clouds or look for dreamy themes for your child. Cloud painted walls can give you exactly what you’re looking for. They are refreshing during the day, giving your room the perfect light and dreamy look during the night. Find out how to paint clouds on a wall with our easy guide to give the bedroom a new look.

You can go anywhere from painting a stormy sky with dramatic clouds or add pink and red to get a sunset-like view. You also need some knowledge about cloud formations and characteristics to be able to work on it the right way. We are here to help you capture all the possible scenes you need to paint your room beautifully.

Table of Contents

How are clouds formed?

We don’t want this to sound like a boring geography class, but you do need some ideas before you paint your walls. You might want to follow a particular theme or take inspiration from images of walls with clouds. But you need to have some idea about how clouds are formed to work on the designs.

Our invisible eyes can find the white sky full of clouds filled with water vapor. When air rises above, the temperature becomes cold and turns into vapor. These from droplet at high altitudes and then freezes into icy crystals. These are what you see as clouds and they create sheets of them that look like lumps of cotton wool.

Different types of clouds

You might want to stick to the stereotypically fluffy cloud-like photos when looking for how to paint clouds on walls. But you should try the types to bring variance from styles already done.

Clouds are classified as to how high they are and they according look long, sheet-like, ribbon-like, and so on. These clouds start to form in the lower altitudes and are known as stratus clouds. Now, the rows of cotton-wool-like clouds can also form in similar or slightly higher altitude called stratus cumulus.

The large and billowing clouds are called cumulus and then comes the cumulonimbus or raining-bearing clouds. These are the ones that look dramatic and can make your room look dark – perfect for your den to watch films and chill. Finally, the wispy clouds are the cirrus clouds that comprise of ice crystals and are high above the sky.

How to paint stratus clouds?

If you want long and horizontal sweeps across the painting, you must use flat and wide brushes to create clouds. They must be parallel but painted freehand without a ruler. If they are perfect, they will look artificial. Remember, the main motive is the perspective you apply to the clouds. They should be narrow, uneven, and pale because that’s how these clouds look.

Recommended colors for the walls to depict the sky include both dark and light blue like ultramarine or cerulean. You can also shift to colors likes Payne’s gray and yellow ocher to give the clouds a rain-loaded look.

How to paint cumulus clouds?

Imagine strong winds that whip up cumulus clouds and think about how you can put that into creativity. You need the energy to work fast on this but also be painstakingly meticulous. You must resist the temptation to make the clouds look white and have dark shadows. The clouds must reflect the colors and can include mauve, red, gray, and yellow. You need to concentrate on the shadows that give shape to the clouds.

The recommended colors for the background are alizarin crimson as it offers the pink tint. You need yellow ocher to create the gold. Finally, use burnt sienna or Payne’s gray with any of the blue color tones in the sky to add shadows.

How to paint circus clouds?

The circus clouds are feathery and stay high up in the atmosphere. These get swept along with the winds. You need to be light-handed to bring out such wispiness on the walls.

If you want to color the clouds pure white, you need to lift off the blues from the sky and expose the white ground. Try to leave parts of the white or use masking fluid. The suggested color, in this case, is also alizarin crimson to add the pink tint. You can try cadmium orange and yellow ocher to add gold.

How to paint clouds on a wall?

Till now, you only got to know about what colors and expertise you need to make a certain cloud type. It is time to know how to paint clouds on a wall step by step to make this work:

Step 1: Prepare your wall

As per the basic guide, you have to paint the walls sky blue in color. Choose the color that looks like the sky and goes well with accessories and furnishing you have around the house. Decorate your room well and it is best if you use a satin finish to do so. Add a second coat when you need.

Cover on the practice board with the same color. You need to make sure that what you do on the wall is final and doesn’t need repainting. From the basic blue coat to the clouds, you need to make a rough draft before actually painting the walls.

You need to let the blue color sit for at least 24 hours to dry up. Once that’s done, move to the next step of painting the clouds.

Step 2: Paint clouds

You need to prepare the clouds with the white glaze. For this, you need to mix four parts of the glaze to one part of white paint into the color pan.

Start practicing to make the clouds on the board, just how you worked on the sky. You need to play with the cloud formation till you’re sure about how ready you are to paint the clouds.

Now, choose the spot of the wall where you want to do the first cloud. You don’t want to start from the center of the room. You need to start by looking for the center and then move over foot by foot.

Next, dip a damp sponge onto white glaze and dab excess glaze off from the paint pan. Now, start forming clouds by dabbing sponge right into the line to form the bottom of your cloud. Continue right up from the line, twist, dab, and use the sponge every way to form the clouds. You probably want the clouds to be dense towards the middle and thin toward the edges. Next, wet the cheesecloth to create a large ball of it. Squeeze out extra water and use it to soften edges.

Depending upon the size or type of cloud, you need to understand how to use your painting tool. Be it a brush, cloth, sponge, you need to understand how to go about every step. For example, if you want to make the clouds wispy, they need to look airy and light. In this case, you need to be random with the placement of clouds just as it is in nature.

Finally, try to place a few clouds between the plugs and light switches. It makes you include those in your paintings, and since they’re usually white, they complement the painting. Make sure some clouds are also around the corners.

Now, that you know how to paint clouds on a wall, it is time you do up your rooms as guided

How to paint clouds on walls

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You can also enjoy the same benefits described above for our rolled canvas wall art. If you order the wall art in this style, we’ll deliver it to you carefully by wrapping the product in a tube package. This is to ensure that your art piece is safe to be shipped locally and internationally.

To allow more room for stretching, each artwork is printed with an additional 45mm of the mirrored image, as well as 25mm of the white border to be wrapped around the stretcher-bar. From there, it’s up to you if you wish to get your canvas print framed by a local framer or simply on the wall as it is.

Acrylic Glass Wall Art Prints

Lastly, our beautiful made to order acrylic glass prints use the same state-of-the-art latex print technology that can last up to 80 years. These sleek and lightweight pieces are ready to hang on your wall as soon as they arrive. Your chosen artwork is printed onto the back of the optically clear acrylic to allow light to refract, giving your artwork incredible depth and colour dimensions. You have a few options with our acrylic prints – either have it frameless for a modern, sleek feel or opt for a composite timber look frame that comes in 4 colours.

Additionally, you can choose to have the artwork printed edge-to-edge or with a white border around it. The border prints have a shadow line around the artwork, which gives the impression your artwork is mounted on a mat board.

How to paint clouds on walls

How I paint clouds my best techniques , my best tricks , and my favorite tools to keep my head in the clouds Live streaming Beginner Acrylic painting step by step lesson for new artists Fully guided YOU CAN PAINT THIS with The Art Sherpa ? ?‍? Hoots : ?

02:05 The Cloud is in YOU not the Brush

05:30 Synthetic, Hog, or Goat?

07:05 Pros and Cons, Synthetics

08:10 Pros and Cons, Hog Bristles

09:21 Pros and Cons, Goat Bristles

10:32 Quality vs Qualities

12:30 What are MY FAVORITES?

13:14 Soft Blenders

14:15 Hog Brushes

16:21 Cat’s Tongue, Pointed Filberts

16:52 Brights and a Round

17:42 Detail Brush

18:30 The Red Art Sherpa “Cloud Brush”

21:35 Fingers and Sponges

23:08 Where to Buy Brushes

30:02 Clouds are Almost Never White

32:27 Finding the Light Source

37:57 Getting Perspective

46:56 Circle, Circle vs Comma, Comma

53:00 Wet on Wet, Blending and Dry Brush

58:30 Wispy Clouds Demo with “Domed Scrumbler”

1:00:24 Silver Lining

1:03:40 Materials and Mediums that Help

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The video will be broken down into the following topics. This video is perfect if you have clou questions and are not finding those answers on youtube. Video will cover What you need to know about The brushes Hog, Goat or Synthetic? Hog pros and Cons Goat Pros and Cons Synthetic Pros and Cons My favorite Cloud brushes Hog Bright Hog Round TAS Cats Tongue TAS Round Oval Mop Round Blender Liner Sponge Finger My Art Sherpa Cloud brushes

The techniques Clouds are almost never white Where is the light Keep it in perspective Random painting method Under pressure – how much is too much? Wet into Wet Dry brush Stoke curve not Swirl Up flow Wispy tail clouds Dont forget Silver lining

Whatever the age of your child, you can’t go wrong with clouds for a room theme.
You can even create some of your child’s favourite shapes in the clouds which I will show you in my next post

This is my all time favourite mural theme!

How to paint a cloud wall mural

There are many methods for painting clouds.
Below is one way and a description of how to do it.

There are other methods which you may find more suited to you for instance, Cloudwash is a kit that not only teaches you how to paint clouds on walls, but contains the paints, video, gloves, cloths and tools to complete the project.

This cloudwash kit can be purchased from the Magic Mural factory

My Cloud painting technique

Personally I prefer to use water based emulsion paints (acrylic paint/house paint) with a water based glaze. Available at good DIY stores and craft suppliers.

You will need

  • Sky blue, satin finish paint
  • White satin finish emulsion paint
  • Glaze
  • Paint tray
  • Measuring jug or cup
  • Sea sponges, hand sized and smaller. 2 or 3 pieces of different sizes will be sufficient
  • A piece of cheesecloth, about 18″ x 24″ inches big enough to form into a handsized ball.
  • A piece of board approximately 3′ x 2′ or heavy cardboard pieces for practice.
  • Pictures of clouds for reference.

Lets get started

  1. Paint your background sky a lovely sky blue. At the same time, paint a piece of board to use to practise on your cloud-painting technique. Let your sky colour dry for 24 hours before starting the clouds.
  2. Take your white paint and mix it with your glaze using a 4 to 1 ratio
    (for example 1 cup of glaze to 1/4 cup of white paint) Mix thoroughly and pour into paint tray.
  3. Wet your piece of cheesecloth with clean water and wring out thoroughly. Keep this near at hand while you paint your clouds. You will use this to soften your sponge marks.
  4. Keep any pictures of clouds you have collected handy , so that you can refer to them for cloud shape ideas.
    Wet a piece of sponge with water, and wring it out completely.
    Dab it into the white paint, and remove excess paint on the edge of your tray.
    Use your painted blue board to practice forming clouds.
  5. First, play around with the sponge, dabbing on the paint. See what marks you can make by vaying the pressure of your dabs, twist and turn the sponge as you experiment.
  6. Take a look at clouds, they generally have a flat bottom.
    That’s where we start.
    With your sponge, start dabbing on the board in a fairly straight line for the bottom of the cloud. Then start dabbing paint above this line, twisting and turning the sponge as you dab to create texture and variation.
  7. When you are satisfied with the general shape of the cloud, take your cheesecloth and make a ball with it. Dab gently over the cloud, softening the paint to make it more ‘cloudy’ looking.
  8. Build up the cloud with more dabbing towards the center adding texture and fading out towards the edge of the cloud. The centre of the cloud should be more dense. Soften the effect again with your cloth. Use this technique with all the clouds.
  9. When you are happy with your clouds on the practice board, head for your wall! Don’t make your first cloud dead center of the wall. it is not visually pleasing and looks unnatural. Start off-centre and down a bit either to the left or right.
    The size of your clouds depends on the size of your room, but if you take a room of about 8×10′ you could make your biggest clouds 20-24inches long and your smallest about 5-10inches. This is just an approximate guide and you can adjust your sizes to fit the size of your room.Don’t paint the clouds all the same sizes, look at nature, they are all different. Start with your biggest clouds and dot them randomly around the room. Stand back and look at how the wall looks.
  10. Fill in the spaces in between the big clouds with medium ones and then small wispy clouds. Keep standing back to look at the whole effect.Paint clouds wrapping round corners, to create continuity, around light switches, wall lights and whatever other features you have in the room.
    Stand back and admire.

Over my next few posts I will show you how to add cloud shapes and other features to your clouds to add an extra dimension to the mural. After that we will look at other ways to create a cloud mural, so keep checking back to see what’s new.

How to paint clouds on walls

Many of our My Wonderful Walls wall stencil kits come with clouds. You can also purchase a Simply Clouds stencil kit in either whimsy or traditional for just $27.99 with a set of 5 clouds each or individual cloud stencils. You can even use the technique shown with other stencils, we just can’t guarantee the results and you may need additional supplies. Once you are ready to add the clouds to your wall, you’ll want to gather your supplies. You will need:

• Acrylic White Paint
• Blue Base Coat (same paint you’ve used for the background sky)
• Paper plate to put your paint on
• Bristle Brush
• Foam Brush
• My Wonderful Walls Self-Adhesive Cloud Stencils

Assuming you have already applied a basecoat to your walls (we recommend using Spring Waterfall A54-3, Olympic, semi-gloss or satin from Lowe’s for the classic sky you’ll see in many of our images)you will first paint a cloud using the large cloud stencil. Our wall stencils are adhesive so simply press to the wall and rub it with your hand making sure all the inner edges are down. Dip your foam brush into your acrylic white paint. The trick is to not use too much paint or it might bleed under the stencil. Use a stabbing or patting motion to paint, particularly around the edges. Using a back and forth motion could cause the paint to work its way under the stencil. You can generally get a good result with two coats of paint. Once the paint is semi-dry you can remove your stencil and move on. You may use a hair dryer to speed things along. Our stencils can be used and re-used several times just make sure they are clean and dry in between uses.

Now to add some variety and texture to the cloud you can actually layer a second cloud stencil over the first one you’ve painted to make a larger cloud and then add dimension with a bristle brush. First, apply a smaller cloud stencil overlapping the cloud you’ve just painted. Use the same technique as above to paint this cloud. You can add a third layer on the other side to make an even larger and unique shaped cloud as well. If you are going to be adding several clouds to your kids room mural, this will prevent your clouds from looking repetitive. Once you have the size cloud you want, add some texture and depth by dipping your bristle brush into your blue base coat paint. Working around the edges of the cloud, you can add shadows with the blue paint to blend your cloud into the sky. Add more blue throughout the cloud with a light hand to create a realistic looking cloud. That’s it! You’ve now created a cute little cloud for your kid’s room or baby nursery.

Watch this How to Paint with the Simply Clouds Stencil Kit where Michael demonstrates just how easy painting clouds into your mural can be! Let us know below if you have any tips to share on how to paint the clouds in your kids room mural.