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How to Paint Constellations on Ceilings

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    • 1). Plan your sky. Using a ruler and pencil, lightly draw a grid of 1-by-1 inch squares on your paper. Refer to your constellation map to mark in the main stars you want to see on your ceiling. For example, you could choose the constellation that corresponds to your birth sign.

    • 2). Move as much furniture out of the room as possible. Cover the remainder of the furniture and the floor with old sheets. Ensure the ceiling is clean and dry. The stars look best against a dark blue ceiling but will work well on any color.

    • 3). Stand on the stepladder. Transfer the plan by making a corresponding grid on the ceiling with very light pencil lines, making the squares 6 by 6 inches. Mark in the larger and smaller stars with circles. You may wish to restrict the constellations to the area right above the bed.

    • 4). Prepare the paint brushes by spreading the bristles outward around the ferule. Trim the bristles, if necessary. The painting of the stars requires you to gently smudge the brush perpendicular to the ceiling. The bristles will spread, causing a small star shape to be formed. Practice on paper with ordinary acrylic paint before starting on the ceiling.

    • 5). Don your protective goggles and latex gloves. Using the brushes and glow-in-the-dark paint, make star smudges on the ceiling where you marked the stars. Produce large, medium and small stars by using different sized brushes. Don't put other stars near the main constellations; they need to stand out.

    • 6). Take the toothbrush, dip into the paint and, with your thumb, bend the brush bristles back and spray the ceiling. It's a good idea to practice this technique on paper. Use the toothbrush technique sparingly to give the effect of distant stars and galaxies. Leave plenty of blank space so the "sky" doesn't look overdone and fake. Finally, erase any visible pencil marks.

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