A natural sea sponge is a treasure for the decorator. Unlike synthetic sponges, every natural sponge has a completely unique structure. Sea sponge provides unlimited possibilities to imitate stones. This tutorial will guide you in how to create stone like surface in 5 easy steps.
For this project we will use:
Daily ART Matt Paint any two colors
- sea sponge
- Daily ART Glazing Medium Gloss
If you can not find a sea sponge in paints department, pick one from your drugs store. Sea sponges for the bathing will work perfectly for decoration.
Place the sponge in clean water for 2-3 minutes. A sponge instantly absorbs water and becomes larger. Then thoroughly but gently squeeze it.
- You can use acrylic paint or glaze for faux painting. First, let’s experiment with paint. I use cream color Daily Art Matt Paint for sponging and turquoise color for the background. Dip a sponge into the paint and wipe the sea sponge with a paper towel to remove the excess of paint.
Dab surface with the sea sponge. Let t it dry for 15-30 minutes. I like the result though it looks a little flat.
Let’s add one more layer using a glaze instead of paint. Dab glaze the same way as paint.A glaze is transparent paint. You can buy a glaze in your department store. But unless you plan sponging large wall this is not a budget friendly decision. How to make a glaze yourself? Take Matt or Gloss Glazing Medium. Add it to acrylic paint and just mix.
- Optional. If you want more depth mix paint with Glazing medium in proportion 30/70 and apply an even layer with a brush. In the project below cappuccino color is used for background, ochre, saddle brown and chocolate colors for sponging and the glaze of ochre mixed with Glazing Medium in proportion 30/70 for the final even layer.