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a Mural {8}

19 Mar ’12
Jo Arellanes, Atlanta Photographer, Painter, Mural, Magnolia Pregnancy Resources, LeahAndMark.com (1)

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Holy Moly! This past week went by really fast. Ok, hope you’re ready for a simple tutorial on how to paint clouds.

It really is pretty simple. {And, yes, I know you might not believe me at all… but trust me it is.}

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What you need:
2 kinds of light blue, one slightly darker than the other
White paint
Sponge, preferably natural

With everything that I’ve done with this mural, I’m mixing my own colors. I don’t like using a color straight out of the can/tube for many reasons. Mostly, because it’s boring. Anyways, have fun and mix up your own colors!

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You can sketch out the clouds if you want but be careful because the dark lead will muddle with the colors and you might end up with stormy clouds instead of happy clouds. {If you get the reference – you’re awesome. 😉 } I simply had an idea in mind because of the pilimary sketch I did at the very beginning.

Mix the slightly darker blue paint with a little bit of water so the sponge would grab it easier and dabbed away. You don’t have to be precise with the first color because it is there for the silhouette and shadows. You don’t want it completely filled in either because light bounces all around inside clouds due to light refracting through water, etc… You don’t have to think about all that. Just dab out a cloud like shape.

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Next, add water to the lighter bue paint and begin to dab away with it. This layer is for the mid-tone values so don’t cover up all the base blue paint. You need it to show through. You want to show the volume and depth the clouds have with this layer.

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Lastly, take the white {no water this time} and find where your light source is. What ever direction it is coming from dab a little bit of white along the edge of the cloud. And think about where the light is touching the interior of the cloud as well.

Now you’ve made your own happy cloud. 🙂

Here are a few of the ones I painted over at Magnolia Pregnancy Resources. 

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I’m almost done with this project – it’s getting down to the nitty gritty and a lot of detail work to finish it up. The next time I post about the mural will be the last one and it will be a doozy.

I hoped you enjoyed this little tutorial. Let me know if you tried it and how your clouds turned out.
~*~

P.S. If you want to get caught up on the other installments, here they are!
{Frist}   |  {Second}   |   {Third}   |   {Fourth}   |    {Fifth}   |    {Sixth}   |    {Seventh} 

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