Saturday, June 28, 2014

DESIGNING & PAINTING A SKY CEILING MEDALLION MURAL & TUTORIAL

From time to time I paint store bought ceiling medallions for my clients. 
They go at the base of a chandelier or fan and always look so nice and really add a lot to the decor of a room.  They don't have to be painted.  They still look really nice if you leave them white or paint them your ceiling color.


But, I wanted something different for my dining room.
In the decorative trim pieces at Lowe's, I found some tiny wooden applique scrollies. 
 I bought a lot of them because I wasn't sure what I was going to do.


I decided I wanted a sky.  
I'm not finished because I'm going to paint birds in that sky, one of these days.
I taped some poster board together and started laying the pieces in the pattern that I thought would look good above my chandelier.
With a pencil I drew the outline of all of the pieces.  Then, I cut out my pattern and cut it in two pieces so I could place and tape it on the ceiling on either side of the chandelier.  It was a little tricky making sure it was straight (to the eye).
Then, I drew the outline of my pattern on the ceiling with a pencil.
I painted the scrollies metallic gold.
I took the pattern down and worked with one little scrollie at a time, placing it in the curves of my penciled in lines on the ceiling.  I put a little bit of glue on the back of each piece and nailed a tiny finish nail to hold it securely.
I love the way it turned out!
I really am going to work on it again one of these days and make the clouds look more like clouds and add some little birds.  When I finally get around to it, I'll share it with you.


This is, kind of, how it looks at night.
You could do this to your ceiling, (or wall as a bulletin board), and have your very own, unique design.
It doesn't have to be my shape.  
Your's could be round, long and thin or any shape you might design.
Hope you will share your pictures.
Have fun!

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43 comments:

  1. Boy, Lynda, you have given me an ah ha moment here. I could trace those little scrolly things on furniture and paint them in. Genius idea. You're ceiling looks fantastic already, but I'm sure you'll work more magic on it as time goes by.

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    1. Thanks Maggie! It would look very nice on your furniture. They have several different designs of those little wooden appliques. Also, if you trace and cut the shape out of poster board, you can do a raised design on your furniture.

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  2. I just love this idea and how you did the painting on the inside. I am amazed and this turned out wonderful. I am going to visit some of your other posts, I am sure I will find lots of inspiration here. Alaina

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    1. Thank you so much! I love to share my work, hopefully to inspire and show others what they can do, too.

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  3. This is so lovely....such a pleasure to have you share this with us all...
    Wish it were in my dining room....

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    1. Thank you, Jann! I wish I were in Idaho and I would come to your classes. I love little Bentley!!

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    2. Oh, and I think you can find those little wooden appliques at Hobby Lobby.

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  4. Lynda...you are so clever! What a beautiful addition to your dining room ceiling. It looks finished to me...but I am still looking forward to seeing the addition of painted birds!
    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Project Inspire{d}!

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    1. Thank you, Diane! One of these days I will finally remember to finish it. But I'm with you, it's ok for now.

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  5. Amazing work, love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  6. Bonjour chère amie,

    Une très jolie publication... C'est merveilleux ce que vous venez de réaliser... Mon grand-père avait crée sur le plafond de la chambre une immense étoile bleue simulant la couleur du ciel...
    Votre billet m'y fait songer.


    Gros bisous ☆ ♡ ☆

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    1. Oh, what a nice memory of your grandfather. So glad you like my sky ceiling medallion.

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  7. Oh Lynda - this is beyond fabulous- looks like something out of a Parisien Apartment - just gorgeous!
    Saw it over at Shabby Art Boutique and it caught my eye right away!
    Hugs
    Suzan

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    1. Thank you Suzan!! It's a fairly easy project, if anyone wants to try it.

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  8. This. Is. Amazing. How cool. My mind is racing now. I've got to try this some where. So, so pretty.

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    1. Thank you so much! It's not that hard to do and fun to create.

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  9. This is absolutely gorgeous!! Visiting from the Weekend re-Treat Link Party - thanks so much for sharing and pinning! Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I'm very happy with the way it looks. I love the blue on my white ceiling.

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  10. I love it! I came here from Shabbilicious.

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  11. Really is beautiful Lynda! And the birds will be fabulous when you add them! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Jann! It might take me a while to paint the birds, but will get to it one of these days.

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  12. Beautiful touch to the room. Would love to have this done!

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    1. Thank you! There are lots of possibilities with these little wooden appliques.

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  13. Very beautiful! I want to do this when I get a house. Thanks for linking talented friend. XOXO

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    1. Thank you, Isabelle! I know you will make it beautiful in your home some day.

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  14. This is absolutely beautiful, Lynda! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's Project Inspire{d} ~ this will be one of my features at tonight's party! Pinned

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    1. Thank you so much! And, thank you for sharing it with others.

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  15. Very pretty! Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!

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  16. Stopping by from Project Inspired. LOVE your ceiling! It is amazingly beautiful! Shirley @IntelligentDomestications.com

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    1. Thank you so much!! Those little wooden scrollies are fun to work with.

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  17. Ohh I love this!! So creative!! Thanks for coming over and sharing at Happiness is Homemade Link Party! Hope to see you back on Sunday!!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I'm really happy with it in my dining room.

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  18. Stopping by to let you know you are one of the Features at One More Time Events ...Thank you for sharing...Party is open hope to see you at this weeks party!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tammy!! Always enjoy your blog.

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  19. Hi Lynda, I hopped over from One More Time Events. Your ceiling painting is absolutely stunning! Love, love, love! Blessings, Cecilia

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  20. I wish I had a tiny bit of your talent love it scrolly thingies on the sky

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    1. Thank you so much!! You can get those scrollie things at Lowe's.

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