Thursday, January 31, 2013

step 2, star ceiling

So, now it was time for step two of Rain Dragon's sky ceiling. I wanted it to be clouds and blue sky during the day but I wanted it to be stars at night.  I wanted the stars to be pretty realistic, those glow-in-the-dark star stickers just didn't seem right after all the work I did to make the clouds. So using the intergoogles I found this make your own planetarium kit  and put it on my Christmas list:

Thanks, Santa!
It was a pretty neat kit. You choose the date and time of your star chart, project it and , following the projection, dab in glow-in-the-dark paint:

I choose Rain's Dragon's birthday as the time and date!

I think the star theater was made for a bigger room because there was a fair amount of distortion. Also, it was impossible to dab the glow in the dark paint in a neat way and at first I was in a nervous panic that I was ruining my clouds.

But, surprisingly, it turned out great! The overall effect is actually rather magical, though you will have to take my word for it because none of the photos came out.  Suffice to say it came out so well that I might do a star ceiling for my studio, too!


anne said...

so very awesome!!! aren't those mini-planetariums great? Congrats on such a fun project working so well. The best thing, it's not something (clouds/stars) that she will out-grow, ever! :)

Aleighre said...

lovely! I've spent hours doing that for my girls as well. there's a great stencil company called Ursa Major, super paints from Glow Inc. a good tip given to me was to use a medicine syringe (the oral kind) to put little blobs of paint for each star.

Grace Lin said...

Thanks! I'm going to try again for photos later. Aleighre, thanks for the tips--I'll use them when/if I paint my studio ceiling!

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