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Wall Paint Effects - Sponge

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This method is used for creating a speckled effect with two or more colours. The base coat of colour is applied to the entire surface and the other colours are dabbed on to it, using a natural sponge.

Base coat : Apply a base coat of either thin latex or semi gloss. Use a 4 to 6 inches wide brush. Start with horizontal strokes from the top of the wall in a specific area and cover with vertical strokes before the paint dries to give a good finish.  Repeat the process until the whole wall is painted. Allow the base coat to dry for 24hours.

The paint to be sponged on can be used as it is or thinned for a more delicate, semi-transparent effect. Dilute the colour to be sponged, if latex with water and if semi gloss with white spirit at 50:50. If preferred more thinner can be added. 

Take a little of the paint diluted into a bowl. Dampen the sponge with water and squeeze it out. Press the flat side into the paint to absorb most of it.  The effect created can be tested on a piece of lining paper by pressing the sponge on it. If you are satisfied with the result you can start working on the prepared wall. while working on the wall, be careful not to skid across the surface. The speckled look will lessen as the paint runs out. Refill the sponge with paint, test as before and continue. When the wall is finished, leave the sponged on colour to dry for 24 hours. If desired, a second colour can be sponged on in exactly the same way in between the gaps left by the first sponging, slightly overlapping to create a random effect.

If you feel that too much colour has been sponged on, sponge on some more base colour to lighten the effect.

 

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