Sponge painting is great because it is easy, fast, requires little paint and materials, and did I mention it was easy? It can be used on walls, furniture, and accessories, and can give instant facelift to dull objects.
Don't let anyone convince you that you have to go buy an expensive sea sponge to do this. I've used plastic grocery bags, cloth diapers, even old clothing…(Ok, now it's called ragging, same technique, more subtle look.) But you can use a plain old kitchen sponge, and here's the secret: Tear away all the hard edges of the sponge, even tear chunks from the center to give it an irregular appearance.
Now choose your paint and sponge! Remember to sponge sparingly at first, you can always add more later. Also, dab the paint off on your plate first, you only need a little paint on the sponge, or it will be too gloppy. Practice first on a paper bag, and remember to change the direction of your hand occasionally, the idea is not to get a pattern going.
Try combining sponge painting with stenciling or decorative painting, tape off a border and use it just there, you can even sponge paint over glassware with the new glass paints available at your craft store.
There is a very simple technique to marbleizing that is popular in the home-decorating world today, and you won't believe how easy it is until you try it.
I think sealing it with a gloss clear coat or polyurethane gives the most authentic look of polished marble.
If you wish to further antique your work, simply dab or brush it with some wood stain, then wipe off. Repeat until you get the look desired.
You can seal with polyurethane or clearcoat or coat it with common furniture wax.
Kathleen Wilson is the Editor of The Budget Decorator, a free ezine and newsletter dedicated to the "budget impaired" home decorator. Visit us at thebudgetdecorator.com for free projects and inspiration, and to sign up for our free newsletter!
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