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How to paint clouds - it's really easy

Updated on October 25, 2007

Create a cloud effect in your child's room or nursery

The basic cloud mural idea

This is my all time favourite mural theme!
You can see other cloud mural ideas at my website
Magic Mural Factory

Whatever the age of your child, you can't go wrong with clouds for a room theme.

It's a theme that is not quickly outgrown unlike other kid's room themes
You can even create some of your child's favourite shapes in the clouds.

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

How to paint clouds


. 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.

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.

Lets do it!

It's easy, just follow my instructions play a bit and have fun!

Lets get started!

A cloud room with duck shapes to add even more interest.


Paint your background sky a sky blue. Paint a piece of board to practise your technique. Allow to dry for 24 hours.


Mix the white paint with your glaze using a 4 to 1 ratio (ie. 1 cup of glaze to 1/4 cup of white paint) Mix thoroughly and pour into paint tray.


Wet your cheesecloth with water and wring out well. You will use this to soften your sponge marks.


Keep any pictures of clouds nearby. You can refer to them for cloud shape ideas.

Wet a sponge with water, and wring it out completely.

Dab it into the white paint. Remove excess paint on the edge of your tray.

Use your painted blue board to practice.


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.


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.


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.


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.


When you are happy, head for the wall!

Don't make your first cloud dead center of the wall. It is will look unnatural. Start off-centre and down a bit.

The size of your clouds depends on the size of your room, but if you take a room of about 8x10' you could make your biggest clouds 20-24inches long and your smallest about 5-10inches.

This is just an approximate guide. Adjust your sizes to fit your room.


Vary the sizes of your clouds. Start with the biggest clouds and dot them around the room. Stand back often to see the effect.

Fill the spaces in between the big clouds with medium and lastly small wispy clouds.

Now make admiring noises!

WOW,I did that!

Creating clouds other ways

Cloud wash kit, Cloud stencils, cloud stickers

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 for under $50. This cloudwash kit can be purchased from the Magic Mural Factory

Click here to see how to create clouds with a cloudwash kit

Take a look at some more cloud projects you can do yourself, Like this stencil cloud mural above

Add other elements to your clouds

Now you've created your clouds, you can add other design elements for more interest.

These interactive wall art characters are a great addition to a cloud themed nursery.

They Glow in the dark and Play music when pressed. Place them on the wall around your baby's crib.

You can see these and more at my website on this page Magic Mural Factory or click on the images below to go straight to the details for each.

Create a Castle in the clouds

Don't Stop with the clouds!

The Sky's the limit

Paint a dreamy castle in the clouds with the help of A Wall Story E-mural

Wall Story E-murals can be intantly downloaded onto yout computer (for a mere $12) which on payment automatically emails you your password to download.

Print the design onto overhead projector film (or enlarge it onto paper using an photocopier).

Trace and paint following the simple paint by number instructions.

Click on the image below to see more details on how how you can easily paint a castle in the clouds for your little girls room.

Cloud themed décor ideas - Accessorise your cloud themed room

Continue the cloud theme around your child's room. Here's some ideas from Amazon.

Another cloud mural technique - Impressive?

I wouldn't advise you to try this at home. Stick to my method above!

Try your hand at painting clouds on paper - A watercolour lesson

I would advise you to try this at home! At worst you can scrunch up the paper and throw it in the bin. Give it a go and have some fun!

Tell me your ideas or contact me with anything you think I could add to the cloud mural and decor theme.

Have you got any ideas to add to the cloud theme? - Please tell me about it.

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      Marv 3 years ago

      I feel so much happier now I unnsretadd all this. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice information - thanks for sharing

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      TaylorLautnerWorkoutFan 6 years ago

      Excellent and very creative.

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Very informative and well written techniques. Blessed.

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      Clouds seem to emanate contentment. They are not something I paint often, and it was fun watching this video.

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      Blackspaniel1 7 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      What a great lens filled with charming ideas. I've painted clouds before but had not thought to add things (like castles) very clever.

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      jmichaels010 7 years ago

      wow! thanks for sharing all the tips. I love this lens!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens. You are so gifted. Thank-you for your work.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Very nice, and peaceful looking. :)

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      Formenya 9 years ago

      I love these ideas! We are about to redecorate bedrooms and this might come in handy. Thank you.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      I love your cloud ideas. The castle is gorgeous, and the ducks are absolutely adorable. Lensrolled to my DIY lenses.

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      EpicFarms 9 years ago

      Great lens; clever and fun! LOVED the video clips!

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      Delia 9 years ago

      I love painting clouds...5*

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      Asher Socrates 9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hey how about that!

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      This is a lovely lens! The clouds are wonderful. :)

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      My husband was a painting contractor for 20 years and worked with many muralists over the years. I can certainly appreciate the information you've shared with us in this lens.

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      Internet-Grandma 9 years ago

      Enjoyed learning how to create clouds. Great job!

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      NatureQuest 9 years ago

      5 stars! Great lens.

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      jwilley 9 years ago

      Amazing clouds! Beautiful lens.

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      Winter52 LM 9 years ago

      Your clouds are gorgeous. I just spotted your watercolor video and I'm going to check that out. I have a birthday card to make this week, the clouds would be perfect. If I master that, I will try something bigger. ;)

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      purple83 10 years ago

      really pretty pictures nice job on your onfo

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      jzorro 10 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      LeslieBrenner 10 years ago

      Clever lens, 5 stars. Kids would love a cloud room.

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      Stephen Carr 10 years ago from Corona, CA

      Terrific stuff! Good lens.

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      Kiwisoutback 10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very cool lens, clouds are fun to make. How did you make the duck shapes?

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      RyanRE LM 10 years ago

      Nice work on the lens and the clouds. It looks to me like you are a true artist of both.

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      AMK LM 10 years ago

      Love it! 5 stars and added to my lensroll .) I project images on walls. That's easier than some think too as long as you can get hold of an old projector :)

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      artstudio 10 years ago


      I did not have a plan to read something, this Saturday is too busy but stopped here. Just go through all lens and enjoy and want to have a room to decorate with clouds. No grandchildren yet but I will keep in mind. Painting can be fine not as Fine Art in museums and galleries.

      Thank you

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      thomasz 10 years ago

      Cool lens. Interesting info.

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      MartB 10 years ago

      Clever ideas! I was just surfing and read the whole page

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      Darla Dixon 10 years ago

      Great lens. Just the right amount of information. Makes me want to paint right now :)

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      Sherrie1 LM 10 years ago

      Awesome lens! Great information! Thanks for offering up such a quality lens on how-to-paint-clouds. Just left you 5 stars for your efforts. You may also be interested in visiting my Kid mural ideas lens.

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      ArrowSheds 10 years ago

      The video makes it look easy. Well done.

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      ShortSaleRealtor 10 years ago

      great lens 5 stars 4 u

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      Oosquid 10 years ago

      Clouds can be so relaxing. Great lens, well worth 5 stars.

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      Wall Murals Girl 10 years ago

      Great lens - I gave you five stars :-)

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 10 years ago from Enid, OK

      How great! Goes with my lens perfectly. Check out the paragraph on Decorating Ideas at:

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      Neil Speers 10 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Great lens - I'll keep this in mind for photography backgrounds and add a link to here from my lens.

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      This is cool stuff. I want some clouds in my room! Come over to A Day of Hope

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      Steve Albert 10 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Very well done! 5 stars. :)

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      ginacarlin 10 years ago

      What an interesting lens. I'll be thinking of nursery ideas soon so will be checking back for specifics.