Cloud painting 
Family activity sheet

Make some fluffy, puffy cloud paint with artist Juliana Capes
and have a go at painting some clouds

Try at home and enjoy ☁︎☁︎☁︎
Click on the image to download the activity sheet 
(or click here)

About Juliana Capes ☁︎☁︎☁︎

Juliana Capes is a multidisciplinary artist working across film, description, painting, drawing, participation and installation. A unifying interest in her work is that of colour and her recent research has involved looking at colour and description. 

Juliana lives and works in Edinburgh. She has worked in the arts in Scotland for the last 23 years, exhibiting most recently at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy and Edinburgh Art Festival.

Juliana’s diverse practice often uses the vocabulary of natural phenomena to ask questions about the processes of feeling, seeing and believing. She is also passionate about access to the arts and concurrently works in creative learning in galleries and community contexts. In particular over the last 15 years she has worked extensively with a Visually Impaired audience, notably as lead artist on the National Gallery of Scotland’s Visual Impairment programme.

We hope you get inspired and try your own ideas!
Please let us know how you get on and we’d love you to send images to us at

If you don’t have access to a printer but would like to use Juliana’s cloud sheet, then be in touch by email with your address and we will post to you

Depending on how old you are and how much time and help you have, you can try different approaches. Make sure you have help from an adult when you are using the food colouring, the PVA glue and the shaving foam

DG2, DG3, DG4 residents: If you can’t get hold of PVA glue but would really like to have a go at Juliana’s salt or foam clouds, please be in touch by email

Download and print out Juliana’s cloud sheets in black & white ↓

Mix your cloud paint
Step 1

A round clear plastic yoghurt pot seen from above on a wooden surface. In the tub is some flour and some baking powder. A tablespoon measure hovers above the tub, pouring some water over the mixture.

Step 2

Pictured from above, flour, baking powder and water are being mixed together with a paintbrush in a round clear plastic yoghurt pot. The mixture is frothing.

Step 3

In the clear plastic pot, the 'cloud paint' is mixed and ready - a thick, frothing white paste. A paintbrush is held above the tub which a big glob of of the foamy paste in the bristles, ready to paint some clouds!