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Frequency asked questions about this tutorial's topic

(Q) The stars I make on the ceiling with the syringe don’t look round. Why not?


(A) Don’t expect each star to be a perfect circle. The stars sometimes get a minor oval shape due to slight shaking of the hand when using the syringe. These small deviations from perfection are not noticeable at all when you view the mural stars from a further distance.

That being said, you can make your stars more close to perfect circles by not touching the tip of the syringe to the ceiling when you make the stars. Push the plunger until a bead of paint appears at the tip of the syringe. Only the bead of paint (not the tip of the syringe itself) should touch the ceiling. And remember that the bead of paint should only very lightly “kiss” the ceiling and that after touching the bead to the ceiling, pull the syringe straight downward, not at an angle.

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(Q) I was wondering if the color of the ceiling would effect the brightest of stars? Our ceiling right now is painted a sky blue and we were wondering if it would be better to paint it white or leave it alone. Any advice would be appreciated.

-Philip P.


(A) Hello, Philip. All the ceilings I have worked with were white (or at least very near white) so I don't know exactly how your blue ceiling will affect the brightness of the mural. But making an educated guess, I think the brightness of the stars will not be affected at all. Their paint is thick
enough that little if any of the ceiling behind them shows through.


The milky way, however, might be more of a concern. Since the milky way is applied by splatter painting with a stiff bristle brush, the glow paint ends up much more thinly spread out than the paint of the stars. This might cause a slight dimming of the milky way, but I believe simply applying more paint to the milky way ought to compensate for the problem.

Lastly, don't forget that in the light the glow paint is white in color. This means that during the day the stars will be visible as white dots on your blue ceiling.

Best of luck on your mural. Please let me know how it turns out.

Take care,


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(Q) In the video, you mention the “printable area” of the Microsoft Word document. What is the “printable area”?


(A) When a large image (such as the star map image) is inserted into a Microsoft Word document, Word initially scales the image down so as to fit between the margin spaces of the page. The area between the margins is the “printable area” because nothing outside the margins can be printed. When you scale up the star map, however, Word does show parts of the image extending into the margins. These areas of the map will not be printed.

You can see the printable and non-printable area on your Word document by looking at the rulers on the edges of the document. Areas of the document bounded by white rulers are in the printable area. Areas of the document bounded by blue rulers are in the non-printable area.

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