How to Paint a Cloudy Wall - A How-To Tuesday from Customer Anna Küskens
When I moved into a shared flat in Düsseldorf, Germany, I decided to paint my walls with clouds. The father of the children I babysit inspired my to do this project. He painted his daughter’s bedroom walls with a whole landscape (including flowers, a sun and trees), and it looks amazing! These clouds work perfectly for me, as they add a playful vibe to my room. Sometimes they even seem to calm me down a bit.
I think a wall with clouds is perfect in a bedroom or children’s room.
This is what you will need:
wall paint for the background (I went with a powder blue shade)
one small paint brush
white and navy blue paint (approx. 1 liter each, I used acrylic paint)
blanket for the floor
1. The first step is to paint the background color. I left my room in its old color and painted the mid blue shade right over it. First, cover the edges and the ceiling with tape. Use a blanket to protect your floor. Next, roll the whole wall with your blue paint. Allow the paint to dry.
2. Add a second coat right before you paint the clouds. You want your background color to be wet when you paint the clouds, because this will make your clouds look more translucent and natural. The background color will shine through the clouds at some places.
I had my Mom help me to paint the second coat, when I was about to paint a cloud at that particular place. This speeded the process up and prevented the second coat from drying before I got to paint my clouds.
3. Use your brush to paint the clouds. Try to make them look spotty and fluffy. You can blend the clouds into the background paint at their lower edges. I painted their lower border straight, because I think it looks more natural. If you feel uneasy about the shape of your clouds, try to paint them on some piece of paper first. But trust me, it’s quite an easy design and it’s fun to paint it.
By adding some navy blue color to the white color, you can paint some shadows into the fluff of your clouds. Mix both colors first (white and navy blue), so that your dark blue color is softened a bit. The shadows will make your clouds look more like three-dimensional.
4. Next you want to paint your second cloud. Try to arrange your clouds over your wall asymmetrically and vary their sizes. Maybe you also want to add an animal shaped cloud like I did.
Yay, now you’re rocking your room with a cloudy wall!
How did you paint your walls? Do you have a special design? Please comment below.
How To Make & Use a Beaded Bracelet for Meditation: A How-To Tuesday from Stefanie Monge
How To Make & Use a Beaded Bracelet for Meditation
As a yoga and meditation instructor, people always tell me they want to meditate, but they don’t know how to start. Use this cute and easy-to-make bracelet to meditate anytime. Or wear it as a reminder to practice mindfulness in your everyday life. Personalize it with your birthstone or a charm you love.
What You’ll Need
About 10 inches of stretchy beading cord
20-30 beads made from natural material (stone, wood, bone…)
Beads should be at least 5mm
Craft or super glue
A cloth bag or pouch to store the bracelet
Making the Bracelet
String enough beads on the cord to go around your wrist once.
Hold both ends of the cord and cross the strands like an X.
Fold one strand under and pull the ends. Cross strands again, fold one strand under and pull tight.
Repeat Step 3 several times for a secure knot.
Put a dab of glue on the knot, trim the ends of the strands and allow to dry.
How to Use it for Meditation
Sit in a quiet place with your eyes closed. Hold one bead between your index finger and thumb. Take a slow deep inhale and a full exhale - one breath. Keep your eyes closed and move your fingers to the next bead. Take one breath. Move through the bracelet one breath per bead for as many rounds as you like. You’ll feel calmer and more centered when you’re finished.
Happy meditating! When you’re not using your bracelet for meditation, you can wear it as a reminder to practice mindfulness in your everyday life. Store it in a cloth bag to keep your good vibes and intention in.
Stefanie Monge found her calling in South Asia while studying yoga and meditation on a 2-year trip around the world. As founder of Welcor Enterprise Yoga, Stefanie helps companies and individuals use yoga and mindfulness techniques to live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives at work and home.Twitter: @stefaniemonge
How to Not Wash Your Hair for a Whole Week: A How-To Tuesday from Hillary Jo
How to Not Wash Your Hair for a Whole Weekby Hillary Jo A. Finley
You will need:
Boar Bristle Brush and Conventional Brush
Pony tail elastics
Headband or Scarf
Dry shampoo or Baking soda
DAY 1 This is the first day (Duh) and the only day that you will wash your hair. Preparation is the key to this highly developed skill and can lenghten the life of unwashed hair by 25-50%.
First brush your hair thoroughly with a conventional brush, and then with a boar bristle brush before getting in the shower. When you wash your hair use as hot of water as your scalp can stand and GENTLY massage your scalp with a small amount of shampoo. Rinse well and gather up the back as though you were going to make a pony tail. Apply conditioner to ONLY this part of the hair and let sit for 2-5 minutes before also rinsing well.
When you get out of the shower wrap your hair in a towel and let sit for 10 minutes. Blow dry any fringe you may have into shape and straighten if necessary. For the rest of your wet hair, turn upside down and shake out with your fingers so that the strands separate, and allow your hair to air dry today. Do not add product!
At night brush out your hair with both brushes again and then twist your hair into a bun, securing with and elastic or several bobby pins.
DAY 2 Your hair will be on its best behavior either today or tomorrow. Take the twist bun out and shake your hair out, and hand-style. See what you’re working with. Add a tuck behind the ear or a hair accessory to change it up from yesterday, but don’t brush it yet.
If your hair is responding to the twist bun and it is rocking some waves, use a light spritz of hair spray to keep that going but no more product.
Repeat the brush n’ bun routine tonight.
DAY 3 Your hair will look amazingly sexy today, and it is the last day you can wear it all down. Own it. And don’t you dare brush it. Take out the bun, shake out your hair and spritz it with hair spray product and/or gloss spray. Tease it, work it up and make it big.
Tonight brush your hair with both brushes and either leave it down or braid it into one ponytail.
DAY 4 Take your braid out if applicable, and brush your hair with both brushes very well to distribute all the oils. If you left your hair down last night, you may be experiencing some flatness at the roots. If so, it’s time for the first “Hair Up” day. Pony tail, bun, top knot, chignon, etc. Keep reading if not.
If you braided your hair last night and/or you’re still all good on texture and just looking a bit unwashed at this time, leave your hair down and cover the top of your head with a scarf, ribbon, thick headband or other similar accessory.
Tonight brush your hair very well and flip your head upside down. Wash your hands so there is no excess oil on them. Apply dry shampoo or baking soda to the roots, coming up from “underneath” your hair and working it into the scalp in gentle circles. Leave hair loose, or style in a braid or bun for sleep.
DAY 5 Today your hair will look like it’s almost done. You could wash it, or you could just keep going. And since it’s only been 5 days, we will be doing the latter.
Today’s hair style will take a bit more time and effort, but you’re not spending time and effort in the shower so it’s a trade-off. Trust me. It’s a freeform updo made up of 2 pony tails and lots of bobby pins. Section hair into top and bottom layers, and secure each layer with a pony elastic in the back of the head. Take half- to one-inch sections of hair and twist, twist, twist until they twist up onto themselves.
Coil all tendrils up to the scalp and secure with a bobby pin. Repeat with all loose hair, pinning randomly until hair is all up. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, so have fun and enjoy this breezy style. Spritz hair with hair spray if desired.
Tonight, wrap hair in a protective scarf but leave alone entirely.
DAY 6 Today is Goddess of Sex Hair day. Your hair will have a good chance of finding its own agent today and booking its first Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Take out each tendril and coil, and then remove the poytail sections also. Shake out hair and separate each coil gently with fingers. You will have a lion mane of freeform sexy waves!
Spray them with hair spray generously, scrunch with your hands and tease up the roots. Your hair will have a circumference, but with big hair comes big sexiness. If you need to pin up any fringe, keep the hair section small and pin it close to the forehead.
Tonight, sleep on your hair.
DAY 7 You made it! Yay! Now your lion mane will either look even more amazing than the day before or you will be able to wear the most voluminous and charismatic pony tail ever seen today. Your choice! Just rock it loud and dirty.
Thanks for reading. If you have any tips for rocking dirty hair, leave them in the comments below!