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Sponging

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One of the easiest techniques to master, sponging can give your walls the delicate, mottled look of aged porcelain as well as the dramatic look of rustic stoneware.

 

Sponging On (Additive Method)

Step 1 - Prepare Your Walls
When glazing your walls or another surface, be sure surfaces are properly prepared before you begin. Clean your walls thoroughly and repair any protruding nails or other imperfections.

For the best results, we recommend Fresh Start® 100% Acrylic Primer before you apply your base colour. Be sure to tape off any edges you wish to protect, such as those along ceilings, windows, and doors.

Step 2 - Prepare the Glaze Mixture
Mix together one gallon of Glaze 405 Aquaglaze Latex Glazing Liquid with one litre of Collection Interior Latex Ultimatte with Advanced Particle Technology™ in the colour you have selected.

You can also use any other interior paint from our Collection product line, using the same ratio - four parts glaze to one part paint. Ensure that the glaze and paint are thoroughly mixed, and pour the mixture into your paint tray.

Step 3 - Apply the Glaze
Dampen a sea sponge with water, and wring out excess water until the sponge is only slightly damp.

Dip the sponge into your glaze mixture, dabbing off any excess glaze onto craft paper. Starting in an upper corner, lightly dab colour in a random pattern on your wall. Keep the painted areas about 30 centimetres apart from one another, filling an area about 1 meter by 1 meter.

Without adding more glaze to your sponge, fill in the areas in between your initial applications. 
 
 

 

Helpful Hints:

  • For better control, work from your wrists, not your elbows.
  • To work in corners, use small pieces of sponge cut to expose a flat edge.
  • Remember to step back and look at your work frequently, to make any needed adjustments.

Sponging Off (Subtractive Method)

Step 1 - Prepare Your Walls
Whether glazing your walls or another surface, be sure any surface is properly prepared before you begin. Clean your walls thoroughly and repair any protruding nails or other imperfections.

For the best results, we recommend Fresh Start 100% Acrylic Primer before you begin applying your base colour. Be sure to tape off any edges you wish to protect, such as those along ceilings, windows, and doors.

Step 2 - Prepare the Glaze Mixture
Mix together a half-gallon of Glaze 405 Aquaglaze Latex Glazing Liquid with a half-gallon of Studio Finishes Latex Glaze Extender. Once they are mixed together, add in one litre of Collection Interior Latex Ultimatte with Advanced Particle Technology.

The glaze extender allows you more "open time" for your glaze mixture, and keeps it wet and workable longer. For longer open time, add more glaze extender to the mixture.

Step 3 - Apply the Glaze
Starting in an upper corner, use either a brush or roller to apply your glaze mixture in sections about ½ meter by ½ meter. Work from the ceiling toward your floor.

Use a clean, dampened sea sponge to pull the glaze colour off your wall, taking care to rinse it with clean water and wring frequently.

Be sure to maintain a wet edge as you glaze, to prevent any hard lines from forming on your wall as you work from one section to another.

Tools and Supplies

Paints:

  • Collection Interior Latex Ultimatte with Advanced Particle Technology
  • Glaze 405 Aquaglaze Latex Glazing Liquid
  • Studio Finishes Latex Glaze Extender (recommended for all subtractive techniques)

Tools:

  • 1 centimetre nap roller
  • Disposable latex gloves 
  • Drop cloth
  • Natural sea sponge
  • Nylon/polyester brush
  • Paint tray
  • Painter's tape
  • Water for cleanup

Helpful Hints:

For a hint of depth, use a glaze colour in the same colour family no more than two shades deeper than your base colour.
For a bolder look, select one or more glaze colours from different colour families.

Note: Furniture in Sponging Off photo courtesy of Dennis Miller Studios

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