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Sponge Painting: Neither Tedious Nor Expensive!!

Sponge painting: neither tedious nor expensive!!


Sponge painting is neither very tedious nor expensive. With little expense and effort, walls can be given texture and depth. Gentle sponge rolling across the surface is quicker and faster. Practice on a piece of board and pick your choice of base coat and top paint. Follow the tips and method to ensure smooth and exciting sponge painting.


Materials needed for sponge painting are:

  • Two natural sea sponges; One large size natural sea sponge and one small size natural sea sponge
  • Base coat paint and paint roller
  • Bucket, stirring rod, board and rubber gloves
  • Top paint and faux glaze



  • If light color base coat then darker tone glaze will darken the room environment.
  • Balance the base coat and glaze color in their intensity, otherwise, too much contrast can produce spotted looks.
  • Synthetic sponge is not to be used. Always natural sea sponge is to be used. It gives better pattern and design also works a lot better. Wear gloves to glaze.
  • Always keep sponge and wall damp.
  • Do corners with small sponge.
  • Always use new sponge, do not use old sponge because dirt exists on old sponge which results in poor paint job.
  • Rinse the sponge regularly. This stops buildup in the sponge. If not rinsed often then design and paint may get blotted.
  • Roll the sponge gently across surface. This saves the paint from oozing and also it is effortless.



Ensure no debris, dirt, dust, wallpaper or glue is on the walls; it has to be smooth and clean.

  1. Use the paint roller to paint the base coat on walls
  2. Mix one part of top color paint with four parts of faux glaze in a big bucket. To keep the top coat transparent and lighter, add more glaze and for darker top coat use less faux glaze.
  3. Natural sea sponge is dipped in the bucket and excess glaze is removed to avoid blotching.
  4. Cover corners using small sponge.
  5. Do not press hard the sponge and use it randomly to make thin coat of glaze on surface of base coat.
  6. Re-dip the sponge in glaze and continue. Don’t forget to regularly clean the sponge.
  7. Check the walls that faux glaze is balanced.

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