hi, it's me again.....
anyway, one of my daughters christmas presents was to paint her rooms
ceiling to whatever she wanted (within limits). she decided on blue sky
with a rainbow corssing it.
got the paint, got the blue up, but am a bit stuck as how to lay out
the rainbow. was thingking of approx 4 inch bands for each color, but
the room bein rectangular, we cant lay out a circular arc, nor do i
know of a way of doing 10'x5' elipses easily. I suppose i could do the
string and two points thing, but i got a hunch that any string i use
will end up stretching too much.
and is the red on the inside or the outside?
Having said that- the traditional non-artist way is to mock up the art on
graph paper, then transfer the key points to wall or ceiling with pencil
marks and 2 tape measures to find the grid points. You then freehand,
ever-so-lightly, in pencil, between the marks, and paint over. A long PITA.
Sorta like how comic strip artists draw comics, starting with a rough pencil
sketch, and then inking over. If you have, or can borrow (or buy at
goodwill), a old-style slide or opaque projector, that is a quick way to
cheat- project the art on the wall, and trace it directly.
I'd paint the long wall in the same blue, and do the rainbow on that, and
then add some rag-roll clouds and birds to the ceiling. It'll give a much
This sounds like a good parent-daughter bonding experience- and if you foul
it up too bad, you can always paint over and try again. My brother, who had
actual art training, did similar murals (rainbow in one, desert sunset in
the other), freehand, in both my little sister's bedrooms. I made sure to
take slides of them when that house got sold, since I'm sure the new owner
painted over them.
I bought a projector on ebay for 25 dollars for doing just this. My
daughter is very good at sketches. the one I bought uses an ordinary 75
watt bulb and a couple of mirrors. It will project her drawings on
walls and she can then paint them.
Have a nice new years.
doorway, lying on bed? Perhaps one arc, from a corner, for the ceiling
portion, and another larger arc from the floor that meets each end of
the ceiling arc and continues down the wall. If the joins don't work,
perhaps a fluffy cloud at those points?
I would have a faint pencil sketch to mark edges, have colors mixed and
ready to go. Squeeze out foam roller with each color and that should
allow some blending before it dries.
From inside/bottom of rainbow, colors are violet, blue, green, yellow,
Sometimes there are double rainbows, with the colors inverted in the
second one. I"ve seen it. But when there is a single rainbow I
forget what color is on top.
I think you're going to have to put part of it on two walls, maybe
crossing a third, and only part on the ceiling, fairly near one edge.
If the graph paper or overhead projector things don't work, you might
be able to find aerosol rainbow paint, where the colors come out of
one nozzle in the right order. AFter all, they have toothpaste with
stripes coming out of one nozzle.
Here is one of the absolute best rainbows I've ever seen. It has
the clouds, deep blue sky color, and, boy, what a
A live singing Valentine,
the most romantic thing you can do with your clothes on
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