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painting a ceiling with smokey design

dobbie's picture

Does anyone know how or a website that will explain how to paint a ceiling with a smoke swirl.  I have one that has a white base with black smoke swirls in it and would like to recreate it.Thanks

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Cjstephens's picture

I have smoked a ceiling in three houses.Supplies; paint, coal oil lantern, lots of wicks, have extra wicks in the house.1. Choose a finish. One of the decisions you need to make is how shiny do you want the finish likely modern now would be less shine; so maybe an egg shell?2. Oil vs latex. In this project oil based gives more drying time and if your space is large you are going to need it.3. Prepare and paint ceiling as per usual.4. While paint is wet light coal oil lantern and put wick high enough to get a smoke.5. Swirl pattern into wet paint.Finished ceiling can be washed and smoke dried in paint is secure until you paint again.I never tested, I just did it, recommend starting with light pattern and you can add more smoke swirls afterwards if you desire!Have fun! 

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