Are you planning to paint a mural on a wall at home? How about creating a blue sky with some clouds?! The project is very easy to make and has a calming effect in any environment. Read the tips below and the result will speak for itself!
Method 1 of 4: Primer the walls
Step 1. Buy a volume of primer that covers the entire wall
Go to your nearest paint shop and buy cans of a white interior primer. Use a latex-based product if the wall is white or has never been painted; if it already has any other color, buy an oil-based primer. Also enjoy and buy more equipment and accessories at the store.
- You will have to apply one more coat of primer if you decide to use an oil-based product. If you opt for latex primer, just apply one coat.
- The volume of primer and paint depends on the size of the room. Generally speaking, you will need about 4 L for every 40 m.2. On average, a large room needs about 8 L.
- Buy cans of blue and white latex paint (for sky and clouds), a tarpaulin, a paint tray, and three brushes. You'll use latex paint even if you've applied an oil-based primer. The correct volume is as follows: about 2 L of white paint; as for the blue one, buy the same volume as the one you are going to use as a primer (eg 8 L of each).
Step 2. Remove furniture from the room and open the windows
Try removing all furniture from the room you plan to paint. If they are heavy or the place is too spacious, at least drag what you can to the center. Also, open windows to prevent buildup of toxic paint fumes, and lay tarpaulin on the floor of wall areas.
- Protect the floor around the entire perimeter of the wall with canvas. If necessary, move it around as you progress through the painting.
- Latex paint is non-toxic, but the smell bothers many people. On the other hand, oil-based paints can be harmful. Therefore, open the windows and use a mask when applying the primer. Remember that you don't need to apply an oil-based primer if the wall is white or has never been painted.
Step 3. Put masking tape around the spots you don't want to paint
This goes for sockets, switches, door and window frames, trim, baseboards and all other surfaces.
Duct tape does not work miracles. It serves more as a guide to the points you should avoid painting, but it doesn't completely protect those regions. Be very careful.
Step 4. Transfer the white primer to the tray and prepare the ladder
Uncap the primer can and mix with a spatula or a handle. Then transfer the liquid to the tray goal slowly and place it on top of the ladder. Finally, put the tarp under the wall before starting for real.
Step 5. Prime the edges of the wall
Start at the top of the first wall and descend gradually. Dip half the bristles of a 2-inch brush into the primer and rub on the edge of the tray to remove excess product. Then apply the accessory to the wall at a 45° angle. Stir it slowly until it forms a 7.5 cm layer. Repeat this process to finish priming the ends.
- You will have to dip the brush into the primer again every two or three strokes.
- Start closer to the ceiling, before moving to the edges and edges of objects you don't want to paint. Finish in the area just above the baseboards.
Step 6. Finish priming the rest of the wall
Wash the brush if you used a latex-based primer. Then dip a roll of fibers of at least 9mm in the tray and back and forth to spread the product on it. Run it on the wall in vertical strokes, from top to bottom, over what you applied in the previous step. Repeat the process two or three times at each point until the wall is finished.
- Dip the roll back into the tray for every 3 to 3 feet section you cover to keep it from drying out.
- It will be more difficult to clean the roller if you are using an oil-based primer. In that case, it might be more worthwhile to throw the equipment away and buy a new one.
Step 7. Wait at least 24 hours while the primer dries
Primer may take a while to dry and cure. Leave the windows open and put some fans in the room during this period. Also, transfer what is left of the product from the tray to the can, cover it and wash all accessories and equipment before finishing.
The primer serves to fill the pores of the wall and make the final result much more beautiful
Method 2 of 4: Painting the Sky Blue
Step 1. Decide what shade of blue you want to give the sky before you buy the paint
You can use whatever shade is beautiful, but keep in mind that dark colors create the impression that the room is smaller and more closed or claustrophobic. When in doubt, go to the paint store and opt for something like sky blue or pastel blue.
- As for the type, the most ideal is to use water-based paints. Oil-based ones have a shiny texture that doesn't quite go with the sky.
- Again: use latex paint to make the sky regardless of the type of primer you put on the wall (oil- or latex-based). You can apply latex over oil, but not the other way around.
Step 2. Transfer the blue paint to a clean tray and get a new brush
Uncap the can and mix well with a spatula or a handle. Then transfer the product halfway down the tray.
Don't try to use the same tray and brush if you've applied an oil-based primer to the wall
Step 3. Apply blue paint to the edges, corners and wall trim
Dip half of the brush bristles in the paint and run them against the corner of the accessory to remove excess. Then begin to run the material on the wall at a 45° angle, forming layers of 5 to 7.5 cm. Start at the top and finish at the bottom, reaching the baseboards, just like you did before.
The process is basically the same as applying the primer
Step 4. Mix the blue paint and get a fine fiber paint roller
Replace the paint roller head after painting the trim, edges and other wall details. Now, you'll use a fine fiber roller to make the color even and evenly distributed. Again, transfer the ink until it fills half of a new tray.
Use a roll whose fibers are 9 mm or less
Step 5. Apply an even layer of blue paint to the wall with the roller
Back-and-forth vertically until you go through each section two or three times. Overlay these layers to make the paint really uniform.
Ink flaws will be visible and easy to correct. Roll back the spots that are still white (with primer)
Step 6. Wait at least 24 hours before applying a second coat of paint
Wash the brush and roller well, shake them and set everything to dry naturally. Wait at least 24 hours and take a look at the wall after that time. Advance if the color is the way you want it. If not, apply another coat until you fix the flaws. Repeat the process from start to finish, again waiting 24 hours while the product dries.
Method 3 of 4: Using Cloud Stencils
Step 1. Buy a cloud stencil kit
You can buy a good cloud stencil kit at any craft or stationery store or on the internet. Choose one that has interesting shapes and is made of mylar, a material that doesn't leave marks when removed from the wall.
This method is very popular for nurseries and children's frames. You can, for example, paint small, opaque clouds on the entire wall and simulate a sky worthy of a cartoon movie!
Step 2. Make some cardboard molds
You can cut out cardboard patterns with a stylus if you prefer something more personalized. Just draw clouds on the material and cut around carefully. Use the same format for all clouds or vary with three to five different options.
You can also use cardboard, but the material is more fragile and becomes soft when wet with paint. In this case, it is better to make several identical copies of the same template
Step 3. Glue a stencil to the point on the wall where you want to make the first cloud
You can start wherever you want. Put the stencil (or cardboard or cardboard template) on the wall and secure with a few pieces of duct tape. Step back and take a look to see if this place really suits your idea.
You can place clouds at random points on the walls, distribute the designs well, or even create a large symmetrical frame with stencils or molds
Step 4. Put white paint inside the stencil
Open the white latex paint can and mix with a spatula or a handle. Then transfer it until it fills half of a clean tray and dip a small foam roller into the material. Then spread the paint on the inside of the stencil carefully.
- Use a brush instead of a roller if you want to make the clouds more delicate and smooth. In this case, pass the accessory on the wall in a circular motion.
- You will need about 1 or 2 L of white paint to make the clouds.
Step 5. Brush the inner edges of the stencil to finish the cloud outline
Dip a round brush with 1, 5 to 5 cm bristles into the tray. Wipe off excess paint and run it along the inside edges of the stencil.
You can remove the stencil from the wall as soon as you finish painting, as long as you are careful not to smudge the paint
Step 6. Repeat the process with all other clouds you want to make
Continue nailing the stencil or mold, running the roller inside it and finishing the outline with the brush. Remember that you can make clouds at random points or distributed in symmetrical places on the wall. In the latter case, use a level to see if all designs are on the same vertical or horizontal plane.
- Wait at least 12 hours before leaning against the wall, putting furniture back in place, or even staying in the room.
- You can overlay different stencils or molds if you want to make clouds of different shapes. Just wait for each layer to dry before proceeding.
Method 4 of 4: Painting clouds without stencils or molds
Step 1. Transfer the white paint to the tray and pick up the brush
If you prefer, you can paint the clouds without using stencils and molds. That way they'll be fluffier and less opaque - and therefore more like real clouds! Mix the ink and transfer it to the tray until it is half full. Then dip part of the brush bristles into the material.
You can make clouds with and without stencils, but most people choose one of two ways
Step 2. Make the general outline of each cloud on the wall
In that case, they can be any size and shape you want. Make a few large clouds or several small ones, for example. Dip half the brush into the paint and start with the outline. And don't worry: this part doesn't have to be precise or so straight.
Outline all clouds at the same time to create an idea of uniformity
In general, the taller the clouds get, the rounder they are. This is because the distance creates the impression that they are thin and small, while the ones that are closer create the illusion that they are "plus fuller".
Step 3. Fill the inside of the clouds with the brush
Dip the brush into the paint again and start filling the inside of the outlines. Swipe the bristles against the wall in back-and-forth motions until you have the consistency you want. This will give the shapes a more delicate and heavenly appearance.
- Use a sponge instead of a brush if you want to make the clouds much fluffier.
- Do not rub the brush on the wall. Stroke in only one direction at a time.
Step 4. Swipe the wall brush in back and forth motions to texture the clouds
In this case, you can move the brush from one side to the other. Hold it slightly angled, like a pencil, and move your wrist as if you were going to draw several "X"s in a row inside the outline.
Make quick movements so as not to leave obvious marks on the wall
Step 5. Continue incrementing the cloud shape with circular strokes
Start adding more texture to the cloud after the previous steps. To do this, make circular strokes (or use one of the strategies listed above) until you get a nice result.
Each cloud is a mixture of these three different movements: the dab of brush bristles, the "X" movement, and the circular brush strokes
Step 6. Make brush strokes in different directions on the base to make the cloud look fluffier
You can apply a clean brush to the base of each cloud, following different directions, to give a more realistic look to the result. This will create the illusion that she is soaring into the sky.
Skip this step if you prefer the clouds to be more artistic. Some people don't like the realistic look as much
Step 7. Tap the top of each cloud with the brush
Use the clean brush to remove some of the paint from the top of the clouds. This makes the edges smoother and makes the shapes more prominent.
Don't do this if you want to make the clouds very prominent on the wall
Step 8. Repeat the process with all other clouds
Keep doing everything, from the outline to the fill, until you get a result that you think is cool. Once you're done, step away from the wall, take a look at the result and see if anything is missing.
- Don't forget to remove the pieces of duct tape from the parts of the wall you didn't paint.
- You can put the furniture back in place after 12 hours, when the paint is dry.