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Painting with sponge in acrylic

Acrylic painting of moonlight

Paint application with sponge has definitely huge potential in acrylic painting. It adds some sort of texture and interesting touch in watercolor, but it really makes a big difference when using sponge with acrylic paints. I tried this technique in scenery so far, but opportunities are endless. It would create great effects in abstract images, mixed media works and general acrylic paintings. We were using in class sea grass sponges. The textures may vary depending on shape of each particular sponge. Sponging on paint on a dry layer creates fairly sharp and noticeable edges, and this technique allows to blend different colors while they are still wet fairly effortlessly.

Acrylic sponge painting project

Collage of project paintings, some may require more work, but this technique is very promising

We did not use sponge for the entire painting, but that is an option, too. I liked how sponging can be combined with other layering techniques and simple brushwork. The drawback was a pretty big mess, and we had to use gloves, as well. It is also easier to overdo using sponge than brush, however, sponging noticeably shortens time needed for one scene. I will definitely continue using sponge for my own paintings, and we will keep it in mind as an additional tool for works which students are creating during their classes.

Moonlit scene: acrylic painting with sponge

Effortless look: painting was done by Wednesday night group student

Sponge painting: acrylic class for adults

Attractive and easy style: painting was done by Wednesday night group student

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Very nice painting and obviously a technique that works well for creating ambiance.

    February 10, 2014
    • Thanks! I’m usually trying to make my classes more interesting, that way I sometimes find new ways for my own stuff, as well.

      February 10, 2014
  2. Really i enjoy your blog and so nice all Painting …
    Thanks a lot… :)

    February 11, 2014
  3. Fabulous!

    February 11, 2014

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