What you need:
- Base color paint
- Wash or glaze
- Paint brush and roller
- Sea sponge
How to do it:
Sponging is a quick and simple technique that begins with the application of a solid base paint color.
After the base coat dries, a wash or glaze is applied on top with a dampened sponge to create a mottled look. More than one glaze or wash color can be applied but each layer must be allowed to dry thoroughly before the next application.
Sponging Off is accomplished by applying a uniform glaze coat over the solid base with a brush or roller. Before the glaze coat begins to dry, use the sponge to remove some of the glaze to expose the undercoat. When sponging, always use a natural sea sponge instead of a synthetic household type for a more varied and interesting texture.
Beginners may want to try neutral tones of beige and grey, or different values of color in the same family, for a tone-on-tone damask effect. Lighter colors are typically applied over darker ones to create depth, but the opposite can be done for more definition and texture.
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