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Painting Clouds

Rustic Painting Technique

When I first set out to paint the clouds on this door, I was a little uncertain how they would turn out.  Using some simple techniques and acrylic craft paints, I got some realistic looking clouds very quickly.

Painting Clouds isn't as difficult as it looks...

Sue got a brand new shed, and I got to paint the door, specially for it.  I had so much fun and loved the blue background so much, blue being my favorite color after all.

My Blue Heaven...

Once the door has two to three coats of the background color on it, sanded in between, it is time to start.  Of course, I didn't take pictures of the process, but here are some signs that I've painted with the clouds.

Cloud signs for the garden

Instead of drawing the outlines of the clouds in a line, use a poncing method to outline the shape.  I used silver grey and black to do the bottom of the cloud in a straight line, then white to do the upper part of the cloud in rounded shapes.

Simple yet effective, this method of painting clouds is easy to master

This makes it look as though it's got a shadow underneath it, and is hit by the sunlight on the top, just like real clouds.  I call these 'Simpson' clouds, because of the show, The Simpsons.

Gradually, the center of the cloud shape is filled in, with either more of the poncing technique, or with swirls of the brush. 

It's important not to get too carried away with being perfect with this; clouds, after all, are not static; they're constantly changing.

Check out this quick video:

At the end, the grey or silver is again used to outline the shape a bit, to make it look more in perspective.  And that's it.  Your lovely puffy clouds will make a unique decoration on signs and doors.

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