Picking your colour blends is a creative and fun process that allows you to create a wide range of shades. The easiest types blends to use to use for sponge painting are gradient tones of a single colour, such as different shades of blue. Using different shades of the same colour helps to create a richness of depth. But vastly different shades can also add a fun dynamic to your space. This top colour will often become a shade lighter when it’s mixed with the glaze, so it’s worth keeping this in mind when choosing.
Once you’ve selected the colours of your top coat paint, mix it with glaze to give your mixture a more translucent effect for a soft result. The glaze also extends the drying time of the paint, giving you more flexibility to correct any application mistakes. Simply follow the guidelines on the tin to get the right mix of glaze to paint. For sponge painting, it’s generally around 4:1 glaze to paint ratio. You can test the texture on a piece of scrap cardboard to be sure.
Apply a layer of your paint mixture to your damp sea sponge. If you apply too much paint, give the sponge a few imprints on some scrap cardboard before applying to your walls. Starting from the corners of your wall, use a gentle bouncing or tapping motion. Having a light touch will help preserve the delicate imprint of the unique texture of your sponge. Remember to slightly change the angle of your sponge with each bounce, as this will help to make your application look more random and seamless.
Top tip: You can use a towel or scrap cardboard to blot your sponge as you work, but eventually your sponge will need to be rinsed out under a tap to clean the pores and keep your patterns crisp. Remember to wring it out thoroughly before resuming!
Work in small areas before moving on to the next section. The goal is to build sheer layers of texture. Leaving the boundaries of these small areas looking jagged will help you to achieve a seamless appearance when you come back to blend them together.
As with any work of art, it’s useful to view your work from a distance to help you to assess and plan your next steps. Our decorating experts suggest that you give yourself plenty of time to walk around your space and take note of how your design works from every angle, also checking for any gaps or inconsistencies that can be corrected during your process. This will greatly improve your results as multiple perspectives can help you to perfectly balance your pattern and optimise it to suit every vantage point of your room.