How to Create a Heavy, Dense Sponged Paint Finish

Layered sponging creates the look of texture

Layered sponging creates the look of texture

Layered sponging creates the look of texture Densely sponged paint finish

Question: If all sponged finishes are created using the same technique, how come they all look so different?

I particularly like the look of a heavy, stippled texture. How do I create it? Should I just dab harder?

Answer: The basic technique for sponge painting is the same.

But, depending on the look you are after, you may need to make some modifications to it - for example, choose a finer or a more coarse sponge, select a differently shaped sponge (or cut/trim one in the right shape for the job), apply multiple glaze layers and so on.

Now if you want to create a heavy, dense sponging finish, here's the method to use:

Dip a clean, damp sponge into a plate filled with glaze, and lightly dab excess onto some old newspapers. Blot the sponge onto the wall without creating any overlapping marks. Use just the "tips" of the sponge, and don't apply a lot of pressure!

The surface should look spotty, with areas of bare wall showing though the glaze. To stipple into the corners, use a damp sumi brush or a small piece of the sponge. Let the surface dry.

Reapply the glaze, paying close attention to areas that were missed in the previous coat. Two to three layers of glaze are usually required to achieve a uniform surface.

Although this method requires multiple applications of glaze, each coat goes on quickly and easily.

Good luck with your project!

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