Painting with sponge in acrylic
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.
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.
Effortless look: painting was done by Wednesday night group student
Attractive and easy style: painting was done by Wednesday night group student