Glow in the
The most popular use of our
product is to paint stars
and galaxies on ceilings.
This type of
mural is often called a starscape or star field.
As with any hobby, each person
prefers a different method.
Here are all the tricks we know.
These techniques and our
products are used by many
companies to provide this as a
professional service to homeowners.
For the beginner, we suggest
Ultra Green or Ultra Blue Glow in
the Dark Paint.
These paints are bright during
the first hour and continue to
glow all night.
If painted thin and consistent,
they are mostly invisible during
Ultra Green is the brightest
glow in the dark paint sold
anywhere and therefore makes a great
impression. It is bright for
about an hour and glows all night.
Ultra Blue is also very bright
and has a color that is relatively
close to real stars. It also
is bright for about an hour and
glows all night.
If cost is a concern, you can
also use the Economy Green Glow in
the Dark Paint. This is
similar to Ultra Green Glow in the
Dark Paint, but is
bright for about fifteen minutes
and has a total glow time of about
For more advanced projects, you
can choose from our whole line of
Glow in the Dark Paints.
Some of the best nighttime
ceilings will use literally every
color we have to represent
planets, meteors, aliens, and
We suggest that you paint test
paper to learn the techniques
before working on your ceiling or
walls. Use inexpensive
standard paint to learn the
techniques. Once you are
confident, do a few tests with
actual glow in the dark paint.
Most of these techniques are
relatively easy to learn and can
be done by almost anyone without
any art experience.
"How much glow in the dark
paint do I need?" is a common
question and a hard subject to
address. It varies depending on how thick
the paint is applied and the
density of stars or objects.
In general, I would suggest a 1/2 pint
for an advanced star scene.
You may also wish to enhance it
with 1/2 fl. oz. bottles of
The following method is the
most popular way to create a glow
in the dark star.
Choose a variety of cheap brushes that have synthetic bristles.
Pick a brush and bend its bristles away from the center at 90 degree
angles so that they form a flat surface that is perpendicular to the
Dip a brush into the
glow in the dark paint. Wipe off the
excess paint back into the
paint brush straight down onto the surface
that you intend to paint. This will cause the
bristles to spread out and form
the pattern of a star. Lift
brush straight back up. This
leaves a very realistic looking
star on the surface. Since
the bristles will never move the
same way, each star will also be
unique. Different sized
brushes create different sized
Start with the same technique as
above. Instead of lifting
the paintbrush, drag it along the
surface releasing pressure as you
go. this will create a star
head with a following trail.
If you want a dense pattern of
little dots, use sponges to apply
the paint. Craft or hardware stores sell a
variety of sponges specifically
designed for different paint
effects. Look for a sponge
that will create a density of dots
that match your tastes.
Typically, these items are
relatively larger than the stars. Purchase a sponge
that is in the shape of a circle,
but has a flat bottom. You
can also make one yourself with a
kitchen sponge and a razor blade.
best meteors use more than one
color of glow in the dark paint.
For multiple colors, apply
the color with the highest glow
To create, dip the sponge in the
glow in the dark paint and lightly
stamp it onto the surface you
intend to paint.
Allow it to fully dry. Now dip
the sponge into the second color
and lightly stamp it over the
first. This should create a
textured, multicolored circle that
surprisingly looks like a meteor,
moon, or planet.
How much pressure to use with
the sponges is a learned skill.
A quality meteor should show
equal amounts of both colors,
without having any non-painted
areas. I personally use a
bit more pressure for the first
color and then lighten up a bit
for the second color.
For a meteor with a tail, first
create an appropriately sized
comet. Then follow the
instructions for the meteor to
cover the head of the comet.
For advanced users, you can
give more of a 3-D round look by
adding a modified sponge to the
The first color is applied using
the standard round, flat bottomed
sponge. For the second and
succeeding colors, you need to
make a specialty sponge.
Choose a sponge similar to the
round sponge above. Use a
sharp razor blade to shave a mound
out of the flat bottom. You
are basically rounding the
surface. Use this special
brush for the second color.
Now when you stamp with this
brush, the center is denser than
the outer edge which creates a 3-D
rounded look. This technique
is for advanced users and will
take some time to master.
The best glow in the dark star
field technique that I
have ever seen was something I
call the "changing meteor".
It is a meteor that uses glow in
the dark paints of different
durations to create a comet that
literally changes as you watch it. If you contrast it
against a bright, long duration
star field, it is truly an amazing
First, paint a star ceiling
with Ultra Blue Glow in the Dark
Stars, Comets, and Galaxies.
Find a one inch painters brush.
Dip it in Economy Green Glow in
the Dark Paint and create a large
comet as described above.
Then create a standard meteor
using the standard and rounded
The first color to use is Daytime
Orange Glow in the Dark Paint with
the flat sponge. For the
rounded sponge, use Red Zinc Glow
in the Dark Paint.
The Red Zinc, Economy Green,
and Daytime orange will loose
their brightness rather
quickly, but at different rates.
You will see the comet
continually change for about 15
minutes. After an hour, it
is almost completely invisible.
As stated earlier, it is important
to contrast this against a very
bright star field.
Some people prefer to use
Orange Zinc Glow in the Dark Paint
instead of the Daytime Orange Glow
in the Dark paint because it is
almost invisible during the day.
I personally use them both in the
following order: Economy
Green, Daytime Orange, Orange
Zinc, and then Red Zinc.
Spaceships, Planets, and Space
Large craft stores have an
extensive selection of
professional stencils. There
are typically hundreds of stencils
for a space theme alone.
Stencils are a great way to add
professional shapes to a scene.
Craft stores also offer a mini
stencil roller with tray and
stencil glue. Paint brushes
do not work well with stencils
because the bristles push the
paint under the edges. You
can use a sponge, but the roller
makes it very easy.
Stencil glue is similar to the
glue on the back of Post-It notes.
It is tacky and will hold a
stencil on your ceiling without
damaging the surface when removed.
This allows you to have better
control because you now have a
free hand. It also keeps the
stencil from sliding.
Coat the back of the stencil
with the stencil glue and allow it to dry.
Apply several stencils to the
ceiling in their position.
Poor paint into the roller tray.
Roll the brush into the paint and
roll off excess. Then roll
one layer over the stencil.
I personally allow the paint to
dry before removing the stencils.
This also allows you to add
additional layers if needed.
Some stencils are designed for
layering with multiple colors of
paint. In this case, I would
suggest choosing glow in the dark paints from the
same product lines. For
example, each layer should use all
Daytime Paints or all Ultra
correct constellations and night
A technically correct star
pattern can be created using a toy
planetarium projector. They
are available for about $30 at any large toy
store. Depending on the
slide that you use, they project
little white and colored dots on
your ceiling to represent night
skies during the different
seasons. Choose a slide and
simply paint a glow in the dark star of the
appropriate size everywhere you
see a dot. If there is a
planet, use a stencil or the
meteor technique to recreate it.
two different star fields
For an interesting effect,
paint your ceiling a dark blue.
Then paint on a star field using
the above techniques using white
or blue standard non-glow paint. Now,
paint a different star field using
the Glow in the Dark Paints.
This gives you one scene when the
lights are on and a totally
different scene when the lights
A professional mural artist
will always seal their work when
they are done. This really
preserves the artwork over the
A popular question is
"How long should it last with or
without the sealing layer".
Unfortunately, this depends on
many variables such as humidity,
surface type, and base paint.
Therefore, at best we can give
general guidelines. The short answer
is: If you want to keep this
for a decade or more, than take
the time to seal it.
We personally use a product
called Krylon Crystal Clear Spray
Paint that is available at almost
any store. It comes in matte
and gloss and costs about $4 a
can. It is solvent-based and
does not contain UV-filters.
To apply, simply coat your
finished job with a thin layer of
this spray paint.
a star field
If for some reason you want to
get rid of your star field, it can
be easily painted over with
standard indoor house paint.
But, we think this is a horrid
You can paint your star field onto
any existing paint. For a
daytime invisible effect, we
suggest white or a near-white
color. Assuming that your
room is fairly dark at night, the
color of the room will not make a
difference to the look of the star
field when the lights are off.
Therefore, we suggest that you
choose a color that is appealing
when the lights are on.
Use common sense preparation
techniques. The base paint
should be clean, smooth and dry.
Color is almost irrelevant.
After you get done showing your
new star field to all of your
friends, please send pictures via
email or snail mail.
We just love to see what people
are doing with this hobby.
We would also like to feature some
work on the website.
A popular question is, "Can someone do this for a
living?". Like any job
or business, it
takes a lot of work and dedication
for this to succeed. It is
not the make millions, luxury
employment that is described other
places on the web.
On the other hand, the techniques
are simple and the start-up costs
are relatively nominal. Most
people do this in the evening as a
hobby job. Since the actual
surface area of the stars are
small, a little paint goes a long
way. Therefore most of the income is pure
Typical charges range from one
hundred dollars for a small
constellation to several thousand
for an advanced scene. On
average the jobs are typically
about $250 and take about two
We do have several customers that
make good money doing this for a
living. We also know of one
very high paid 12 year old that
runs a successful star field
The best way to start is to paint
a room in your home to display.
Take plenty of pictures of each
job. Offer your friends the
service very inexpensively in
exchange for the experience and as
an additional display. You
then can advertise your services
in local, low-cost advertising.
I would also suggest that you
contact via phone every interior
designer in the phone book.
As you grow, you can create props
and attend home shows.
For free advertising, send
professional quality photos to us
for the website. We are
going to offer a gallery of star
fields by our clients with
attached contact info for the