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How to Sponge Paint with Acrylic

Learn how to sponge paint using acrylic paint from painter Linda Rhea in this Howcast video.


How to Paint with Acrylic Paint: Sponge Painting

Hi, I'm Linda. I created a company called Paint Along. Check us out at We have really fun painting workshops in Nashville and New York. I'm going to teach you some techniques using a sponge today. This is a basic natural sponge. They come out of the sea. They're usually bigger when you get them at the store so you might have to cut them with some scissors and use the one that you like the best. We're going to do two different techniques. One of them we've already prepared the canvas. This is a dry red that we've just put on the canvas and we'll be sponging on top of this particular color. I'm going to start out with my sponge. Put him in the water and squeeze him out so that he is pliable. Sometimes these sponges can be very hard so you want to make sure that they're pliable and you can work with them. So squeeze the water out really good and find the favorite spot which is right there. I like that spot so that's what I'm going to use. I'm going to start with this medium green color and I'm just going to dab all over this half of the canvas. And I'm using quite a lot of paint. I just keep going back to my pallet, picking up more painting and pressing it into the canvas. The next thing I want to do is take a different color. I'd like to put some blue in with this one. So I'm going to use my blue which is right here. So I'm just pressing this blue right into the wet green paint and I'm just moving around the canvas trying to fill all the white spots. You may also want to twist your sponge around a little bit as you go around the canvas just because you don't want it to look like a stamped object that's got the repetitive stamping on it. So that is a simple two color sponge technique. Let's put this little guy aside and I'm going to grab another one of my little sponges. Make sure he's wet. Squeeze him out really good. Let's just mix a little bit of red with white so that it's more of a pink tone. I want it to sort of be a medium pink. So I'm going to take the sponge that's loaded up and again we're just going to press it onto this dry paint. And I'm going to move around, twisting my sponge. You can kind of see that there's different colors. There's pink and then there's also a little bit of white in there that gives it some added interest. And that's how we do two sponge techniques on a background.

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