Painting clouds on a sky blue wall is a great idea for a creative bedroom wall design. Clouds invite you to dream and give the room a calming atmosphere. We’ll show you 3 simple techniques you can use to paint clouds on walls! You don’t have to be a skilled artist to bring the sky under your roof.
Painting clouds on wall with stencil
Wall design with stencils is a popular way to decorate the walls in the baby and children’s room. You can either buy a ready-made cloud stencil set or make your own stencils yourself from coated cardboard. For this you can use the template shown below for printing. Plastic film (e.g. overhead film) or a stronger photo cardboard are also ideal as moisture-resistant stencil material.
Cut out the printed cloud template and transfer it to the cardboard with a pencil. Place the cardboard on a cutting board and use a cutter to carefully cut the template shape out of the cardboard. Make sure you leave enough space between the subject and the edges.
You can use a single stencil or make 3-5 different cloud shapes. If you want to create an even pattern of clouds on the wall, you may need to make several identical copies of your stencil.
Now you have to decide how you want to distribute the clouds on the wall. The wall looks most beautiful when the clouds are offset like a checkerboard pattern. Use a spirit level and painter’s tape to make a grille on the wall. This will ensure that all of the stencils are always on the same horizontal or vertical plane.
Put the finished stencils in the boxes you want. The best way to fix stencils to the wall is to use spray adhesive and masking tape. It is important to fix the stencil as firmly as possible to the wall so that the paint does not run behind it.
Now the inside of the template is painted in with the white paint. For all of the clouds, you will likely need a total of 1-2 liters of white latex paint. Fill a clean paint tub halfway with latex paint. Then take a small foam paint roller and dip it in the paint. Slowly and carefully roll over the stencil without using too much force. The paint roller must be almost dry. This is very important because if there is too much paint it could run down the wall.
Carefully remove the stencil and continue the pattern. Let the first layer dry for 4 hours and then apply the second.
After you have applied the second layer and the wall has become even, remove the painter’s tape and give the final finish to the areas that need finishing. complete!
Bring the pattern to the wall using the stencil technique
Another way to get the pattern onto the wall is to use a dotting brush with short, soft bristles instead of a paint roller. Put some paint on a paper plate and dip the brush into it. Start dabbing the stencil in the inner area and then work on the edge area. Always hold the brush perpendicular to the wall.
You can remove the stencil once you have finished painting. Be careful not to smear the paint. Repeat this process for all other clouds.
Let the latex paint dry for at least 12 hours before touching your walls or putting your furniture back in place.
By the way, clouds don’t just look beautiful on a light blue wall. You can also choose other wall colors such as greige, mint green or yellow as the background. These look timelessly beautiful and are perfect for a gender-neutral baby room.
Painting clouds on wall freehand with a brush
If you want fluffy, realistic clouds, you can grab a flat brush and paint them freehand. In contrast to template clouds, where perfect edges are very important, these clouds appear abstract and yet convey reality. Your imagination is in the foreground here!
In order to paint realistic clouds, you need to learn about the different cloud shapes. View pictures of the different types of clouds online and be inspired by the multitude of cloud shapes. There are feather clouds, heap clouds, rain clouds, thunderclouds, fleecy clouds, etc. It is also important to decide what effect your cloud wall should have. From which angle do you look at the clouds? Do you stand on a high mountain top and look down into a valley or watch the clouds from an airplane? The better your idea of real clouds, the better you will be able to represent them on the wall. It is important here to concentrate on the interplay between transparent and opaque and abundance and emptiness.
As a rule of thumb, clouds that are higher in the sky are bulkier, while low clouds can look quite transparent.
And now we finally come to the tutorial on how to paint clouds on a wall with a flat brush. You will need the following materials:
– Blue latex paint and paint roller
– Flat brush
– White acrylic paint
First paint the wall with the shade of blue you want. Apply several coats until they become an even color. Let the paint dry well.
Now put some of the white acrylic paint on the metal lid of the paint can or use a paper plate as a palette. A flat, medium-sized brush is used in this guide, but a round brush can also be used to get good results. Dip the dry brush into the paint and dab it onto the palette with light tapping movements so that only a little paint remains in the brush.
Start sketching the general shape of your clouds on the wall. For inspiration for your cloud wall, you can choose a cloud landscape from the Internet and copy it. You can distribute your clouds differently over the entire wall. Pay attention to how your furniture is placed in the room. As you paint the clouds on the wall behind the bed, mark the height of the headboard with painter’s tape and use the markings as a guide.
Hold the brush vertically and just tap the wall with the bristles. Treat each stroke as if you were painting a single dot on the wall. These rapid movements create a gradient effect. You have to dab several times with the brush on the areas that you want to have whiter. Also leave some “air” between the clouds so that the blue sky is still visible here and there. This also creates a sense of depth.
Don’t worry about whether the clouds are precise or round enough. In nature they are constantly evolving, changing, or dissolving. So to start with, just bring the basic outline onto the wall to get an overview of the overall composition.
Now you can give the clouds more structure. Gently tap the contours repeatedly with the brush to soften the lines and work out the shape of the clouds a little. This gives your clouds their unmistakable, aesthetic appearance.
Use quick, stroking motions to add some texture to the interior of the clouds. Then hold the brush like a pencil and start painting a nice fog effect with gentle circular strokes. Move your brush around pretty quickly to avoid obvious brush strokes on the wall.
Fan out the bottoms of your clouds to give them a puffy look. If you want the clouds to look more realistic, take a clean brush and use it to gently stroke back and forth along the base of the cloud. This makes the cloud more transparent and looks like it is rising into the sky. This is a great way to paint hyper realistic clouds.
When you’re done with your clouds, take a step back and review your work to see if there are any more details left to add.
Dab clouds on the wall with a sponge
And here is the easiest and maybe the best way to paint really fluffy and totally realistic clouds on a wall. It was shown by decoration specialist Luz Blanchet on the morning TV show “Hoy” on Mexican television. Cumulus clouds were painted here, which have bright white cauliflower heads on top and are often accompanied by low, tattered clouds. So at the top you should dab the white color saturated and at the bottom more sparingly.
With this method, the white acrylic paint is best dabbed on with a round yellow painting sponge. Again use a paper plate or the lid of the paint can as a palette. Lightly dab the sponge in the paint and make a few rounded shapes on the wall to create the domes of the cloud. Continue down, then making the color appear more transparent. To remove excess paint from the sponge, dab it on a paper towel so it is relatively dry. At the very bottom the clouds should fade even more, as if they were dissolving. If you are not sure whether you will succeed in the light-shadow effect, we recommend that you take a few steps back and look at the work of art from a distance.