Use on walls, furniture, objects - child friendly
This technique is best suited for
This technique is best performed
without the use of glazes. Commercial
latex paint, such as Latex paint
Sponging creates a variety of textured effects. Using
contrasting colors will create a bold, striking effect. Using tones similar in color and value will create subtle textures
suitable for most interior environments.
This easily mastered technique can be produced quickly
with excellent results by using commercial paint colors, as glazes are not
required to produce this effect. The low cost of materials and easy clean-up
make sponging a quick treatment with pleasing results. It is also a very easy
finish to maintain over time. By blotting on fresh color over scuffmarks and
damaged areas, the finish is easily refreshed, making it excellent for
residences with young, mischievous children.
color mixes, combinations and recipes refer to the artSparx color palette.
Sponging is most
effective using a 3-color process. Color 1 is the base coat (any sheen
desired. For walls, flat latex or eggshell is recommended). Color 2 is the
first sponge color (same sheen as base coat) and color 3 is sponge color 2
(same sheen as base coat).
Step 1: Remove
all nails and repair any damaged or cracked areas. Prime as needed. Refer to
the artSparx basic preparation resource for tips and techniques.
Step 2: Tape
off all baseboard edges, ceiling edge, trim, window and door frames. Remove all
electrical and light switch cover plates. Cover furniture and floor areas with
apply base color
|Base colors and your sponge colors
Step 3: Choose
and apply the appropriate finish base color in sheen of your choice. Allow to
fully dry ( 4-8 hrs).
Step 4: Put
sponge color 1 in a paint roller tray. Put
sponge color 2 in other paint roller tray.
dip sponge in paint
blot on paper to remove excess
Step 5: Dip
first sponge into color 1 and blot on newspaper to remove excess paint. Do not
over-saturate sponge: porous holes of the sponge should not be filled with
color. With gentle pressure dab onto surface in a random manner, twisting your
hand to vary the sponge texture. Evenly work over the wall or surface being
treated, allowing the base color to show through.
When sponging a surface, the spottiness created
by the sponge is desirable. Keep a light touch during application.
Step 6: After
sponge color has been applied over the entire wall surface, apply color 2 with
second sponge in same manner. This time pay more attention to ‘bald’ spots
or uneven areas. Work consistently, stepping back occasionally to get a general
feeling of the look that you are creating on the whole wall surface.
To create a more interesting surface on the wall, apply sponge color 1 in a
pattern or in a direction: for example, at a slightly irregular angle across
the wall. Finish the wall by applying sponge color 2 evenly over the surface
allowing some base color and sponge color 1 to show through. This can create a
marbleized effect with the angular movement of sponge color 1 simulating the
veining found in real marble.
Step 7: Clean
up with warm, soapy water.
Sponges may be
rinsed clean. If you are unable to complete the sponged effect in one sitting,
rinse and store in ziplock bags to retain freshness for the next day’s
Step 8: Record
the paint color numbers for future reference in the event that touch-ups are
Step 9: Dispose of excess paints properly.
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