post #301 of 675
3/30/11 at 9:33pm
Glad to hear that you got the stencil and paint.
I would say that half the size of their holes is probably a good rule of thumb. You might want to even make some even smaller. But, if you stick with stars that are right around half of the size of the stencil holes... then that will be a good start. Then, I would add in a few extra ones when you are finished and have taken down the stencil.
Please keep in mind that you DO NOT want to try to put in as many as I do. It will be way too easy to screw it up. Put in a few extra stars from what the stencil has, charge the paint, turn out the lights, sit back and check it out... then see where you might put a few more. But, I really wouldn't go for the look that I create. I use tools that I make myself (for the most part) and I know where to put the stars so they look random... and not evenly spaced.
If you will paint the stencil and then add in a few extras... you will have a nice mural.
The Milky Way is the scary part. It took me years before I would add one to a mural... and then, only because I was begged to do it by a customer. Since then I have added it to all of my murals.
For the beginner, to end up with a nice Milky Way... I would say use the Tooth Brush or sponge that Tom Harness suggested. Again, the way I do the Milky Way is different and too hard to explain here (plus I couldn't because people pay me to teach them)... but if you stick with a tooth brush then you should be fine. I would keep the tooth brush between 6 inches and 10 inches from the ceiling.... and COVER EVERYTHING within a block of the room!!!! You also might want to wear some cheap goggles too. Trust me...
Good luck... and email me if you get stuck.
Night I sent you an email and left a phone message. I was wanting some info.
I will be filling the stencil holes half way, and stagger the sizes a bit here and there. I will follow your recommendations to a "T", you seem to know what your talking about... Your making a living doing it. After the stencil is completely filled in, I will take it down and throw up a few more as I see fit. I'd really like to paint a Milky Way too... But, for my final product, don't feel will be needed. Besides... How often do you get to see it?? I've only witnessed it once in my lifetime. But what a site to see... I will never forget it.
Thanks again for all the tips, if I have any questions, I wont hesitate to ask. I will post up some pics too for sure.