Decorative Techniques

sponging

Sponging

What you need:

  • Base color paint
  • Wash or glaze
  • Paint brush and roller
  • Sea sponge

How to do it:

Step 1:
Sponging is a quick and simple technique that begins with the application of a solid base paint color.

Step 2:
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.

Step 3:
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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