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)
  • roller
  • one small paint brush
  • white and navy blue paint (approx. 1 liter each, I used acrylic paint)
  • tape
  • 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.

xx, Anna

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