Do you like to color outside the lines? Maybe you seek to chart your own path. Who knows, you might be an artist. If so, then know how a sea sponge can transform a wall from plain and one dimensional to a deep and textured work of art. It’s just one of the many uses we have for sea sponges.
If you are thinking of changing the look of your home, re-painting your walls is an important part of that. To go even further, if you want walls that captivate and allure the imagination as well as the senses, then sea sponge painting should be on your mind.
So, if you’re ready to try something new and exciting, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll be happy to walk you through the various steps needed to give your walls new life using sea sponges. Natural Sea Sponges will be a great choice to spark your creativity.
One special requirement for this type of painting is of course a sea sponge. A synthetic sponge will not do the trick due to its inferior absorbency and relatively poor quality pores.
After choosing your natural sponge, it is time to coat your wall with your a base color of your choice. Once done, you’re ready to dip your damped sea sponge into a glaze mixed with your top color and begin sponging your wall.
Use a smaller piece of sea sponge to work on corners and difficult to reach sections. The result will be a phenomenal room with more depth than you could have imagined. But first, let me take you through the necessary steps to get your room there.
A Sponge For The Artist In You
- great for knockdown texture
- excellent for creating a faux finish
- ideal for texture painting
- durable – can be used multiple times
- wonderful for acrylic painting
Once you get your hands on one of these Natural Sea Sponges you’ll be ready and eager to do some sea sponge painting.
Prep Your Wall
Before painting your actual wall, practice on a piece of drywall or cardboard. It’s smart to play around with some different colors and mixtures before committing to a specific combination. Once you have chosen the base color, go ahead and paint your wall as you would normally do. For the most part eggshell or flat paints will suffice.
On the other hand, if your wall will see a lot of traffic, or you wash them often, then a semi-gloss paint will be a better choice. If you see that more coverage is needed, then apply a second coat only after the first one has completely dried.
Choose Your Colors
Now that your base color is totally dry, it’s time to mix the top color you have chosen with a faux glaze. You will want to mix one part of the top color with four parts of the faux glaze. The higher the amount of glaze you use, the more transparent your top color will be.
Less glaze means a darker top color. This is a completely personal choice; it has to do with how your wall relates and accentuates other parts of your room, and more importantly – how it connects with you.
Let’s Have Some Sponging Fun
Are you ready for the fun stuff? First dampen your sea sponge with water and then dip it into the glaze mixture. Starting with the corners begin to lightly press the sponge on the wall.
Continue to apply the sponge in a random pattern one section of the wall at a time, making sure to complete one area before starting the next one. Maintain the edge of the painted section wet.
If you press too hard the result will be too much glaze on the surface. Always make sure to roll the sponge over the wall surface in order to achieve a random pattern. Once your sea sponge runs out of glaze dip it again and continue the process throughout the rest of your room.
Admire Your Work
You have done it! Now it’s time admire your craft. The plan is to have a uniform display of both your base color and glaze throughout the wall. Assure that the base paint shows thru in a consistent pattern across your room; make it so that the pattern of base paint and glaze correspond.
Now take a smaller piece of sponge to complete corner and hard to reach areas. Your room has now been transformed and in turn it will transform your mood. Whenever you walk in, you’ll sense more depth and as a result feel the intensity of your creativity.
The Masterpiece Is In You
Painting you wall with a sponge is for those of us that love to color outside the lines. It will bring your walls to life to which you’ll offer your attentive contemplation. In other words, it will make the visitors to the room stop and yes, contemplate.
This type of paint job can only be done with a natural sea sponge. Its superior absorbency and texture is a must. A synthetic sponge just isn’t absorbent enough, nor does it have the needed texture for this job.
Before getting to the exciting part of your project, coat your wall with your chosen base paint. Let it dry and apply a second coat if needed. Once the base paint has dried, dip your damped sea sponge in the glaze and begin to dab your wall. The result should have an even distribution of base paint and glaze with a similar pattern for both.
Your new wall will be an amazing thing to behold. It will bring depth, balance and character to your room. So go ahead and release your artistic nature and see where it will take you. Who knows, maybe you will not be able to stop with one room. Soon your home may become a masterpiece.
Are you an artists or aspiring to be? Have you ever sponge painted? If so, tell me about one of your favorite projects. Do you love the depth and texture of sponge painting? Why don’t you leave your comment below – I look forward to hearing from You.
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