Learn about silver lining on clouds with Linda Glover Gooch

How To Paint Silver Lining On Clouds

One of the greatest things about painting clouds is the opportunity to add the silver lining clouds into your skyscape while playing with the edge work. It adds such a wonderful quality to your clouds, adding excitement and mood. I often consider this the "Frosting." It's the thick edge of paint highlighting your cloud that makes the beautiful glow of light. 

With the idea of a picture being worth a thousand words, let's just go watch a video demonstration of me painting silver lining clouds and explain the process! Enjoy the video! 

My Clouds are made up of what  I call "air" or "atmosphere" mixture. Want to watch the full video of how to mix the "Air" or "Atmosphere" color?

Get it now below!!

Important Elements About Silver Lining

The key to painting convincing silver lining clouds lies in the subtle use of color, temperature and application

Review the illustrations below. 

Illustration 1: Creating the silver lining effect with fat thick paint helps it stand out and have volume. 

The main body of the cloud is designed with several different varieties of soft greys, dark greys and warm tones. 

Illustration 2: In the image below you can see how using a warm tone next to the light silver lining mixture helps the illusion of the glowing light around the cloud, thus creating silver lining clouds. 

Here's the Main Four Blues That I Use

These are the main blues that I use to create the soft beautiful greys that set off the silver lining clouds effect. The soft grays are developed by starting with my "Air or Atmosphere" mixture. Get that mixture by clicking the yellow button above.


These are the main blues that I use to create the soft beautiful greys that set off the silver lining clouds effect. The soft grays are developed by starting with my "Air or Atmospher" mixture. 

Rembrandt Ultramarine Blue Deep
Holbein Cobalt Blue Pale
Williamsburg Sevres Blue OR W&N Cerulean Blue
Rembrandt Indigo Blue

Here's my Silver Lining Mixtures

There are a couple different mixtures I use for making silver lining clouds. Listed below.

Rembrandt Titanium White + Winsor Newton Yellow Ocher Pale
Same white + Gamblin Cadmium Yellow

Find links to all these paint below in my Favorite Supply section!!

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My Favorite Supplies and Tools

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My Paint Colors For Clouds

Learn How To Make My Mixture Called "AIR" or "ATMOSPHERE"

Some Great Creative Resources for You!

About Cobalt Blue: Need help trying to figure out which blue to use? The cost does matter to some students and artists. Here's a video I put together about Cobalt blue to help you!

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Linda Glover Gooch
Linda Glover Gooch

I hope you enjoyed this post. Besides being a Professional Painter, my Creative Journey has taken on a life of teaching, inspiring and helping others find their voice, grow and become skillful with their craft. Watching others gain the knowledge through practice and detailed instruction is a great reward. For the Collectors: My goal is to capture their vision, their imagination and take them to a place, a moment in time that touches their heart and soul.

    4 replies to "Silver Lining Clouds"

    • Carol Griffin

      Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge of painting. I appreciate your willing to help others.

      • Linda Glover Gooch

        Hi Carol, Thank you for your very kind comment, I really do appreciate your note and also your encouragement!! VERY much appreciated!
        Happy Painting!

    • Pam Eckert

      I wasn’t able to watch silver linings until this morning (Saturday), but I totally loved it. Such good tips and love your instructions.

      • Linda Glover Gooch

        Hi Pam,
        Awesome! So glad you enjoyed it, thanks for taking the time to watch and also for your note! I love to hear this feedback, it’s nice to know other Artist are finding value in the lessons. Time for a little happy studio dance! 🙂 Thanks again!

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