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Sponge Painting - Faux Painting

Sponge painting usually involves 2 colors, one is your base coat, which may be your existing wall color. Note: Your existing wall color may be used as a base only if it has an eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss sheen. Do not sponge over matte finishes. The other coat is a glaze coat that may be sponged “on” or sponged “off”. See our article on Faux Painting for more information on glaze, color, and the look you want to achieve. You can sponge “ON’ for a mottled effect, or sponge “OFF” for a more muted effect.

Tools: Buckets, paint tray, rollers, small paint brush, spray bottle, sea sponge, ladder, stirring stick.

Sponging “ON”
Apply your base coat and allow to dry. You may use store bought glazes or make your own by mixing 1 part paint to 1 ˝ parts water, and 1 cup water based polyurethane to 1 gallon mix.
You may add 1 part paint to 2 parts water for a more transparent look.
TIP: Practice your technique on cardboard before you begin. Paint your base coat on the cardboard, allow to dry, and sponge over. This will give you an idea of the eventual color and pattern you wish to achieve, and will prevent you doing a whole wall over because you don’t like the color.

Technique: Dampen your sponge with water and wring out excess. Dip your sponge into the glaze mixture and pat off excess onto a rag or paper towel, leaving very little glaze on the sponge. You don’t want to use a lot of glaze or it will look gloppy. Start in one corner and gently tap the wall with your sponge, turning it in all directions to get a random look. Once you have started, you need to complete the whole wall at the same time. Do a 3x3 foot area at a time, and overlap your areas, keeping in mind you want to overlap an area while it is still wet. Do the whole wall, then step back to see if you need to go over any areas. You can cut a small piece of sponge and tape it to a screwdriver or pencil to get into tight areas. If you are not happy with your finished wall, play with it; adding more or less color. You can add another color to make it richer, darker, grayer, more golden, or whatever you wish. If your walls are darker than you imagined them to be, add a little cream or white to the glaze and blot over in a random pattern.

Sponging “OFF”
In this technique, glaze is painted on an entire section of wall and sponged off, leaving a small amount of glaze on the wall. You may use store bought glazes or make your own by mixing 1 part paint to 1 ˝ parts water, and 1 cup water based polyurethane to 1 gallon mix. You may add 1 part paint to 2 parts water for a more transparent look.

Tip: Practice your technique on a cardboard before you begin. Paint your base coat on the cardboard and allow to dry. Next paint over your base coat with glaze and gently dab at the glaze. This will give you an idea of the eventual color and pattern you wish to achieve, and will prevent you doing a whole wall over because you don’t like the color.

Technique: Use a roller and start at the top corner of wall, painting a 3x3 section. Dampen your sponge with water, and wring out excess. Starting at the outer edges, gently dab at the glaze so there are no harsh edges, and continue dabbing to the middle of the section, continually rotating your sponge to obtain a random effect. Continue doing 3x3 foot sections, overlapping the color and making sure the glaze does not dry in between. If the glaze does start to dry before you have gotten to it, mist the wall with a spray bottle of water. You will have to rinse your sponge in warm water occasionally to get rid of excess glaze. Be sure to wring it out before you begin the sponging off technique.

Do the whole wall as quickly as you can to prevent overlapping dried areas. You can cut a small piece of sponge and tape it to a screwdriver or pencil to get into tight areas. If you are not happy with your finished wall, play with it; adding more or less color. If your walls are darker than you imagined them to be, add a little cream or white to the glaze and blot over in a random pattern.
 
 
 





 



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