Using the Sponging On Paint Technique

Although it makes use of 3-4 colors, the sponging on paint technique is probably the easiest way to make a wall look rich with texture and dimension. It uses a sea sponge, a scrap cardboard substrate to remove excess paint, and 3 or more colors for effect.


Prepare with your base coat- usually a color that is markedly lighter than your complementary colors that will be sponged on.

Beginning to Paint:

Using your paintbrush, apply your darkest color on the sea sponge. Be careful not to dip the sponge directly into the paint as it will ruin the subtle effects the sponge provides. After you have applied the paint to the sponge, gently pat it twice on your scrap piece of paper or cardboard to remove excess paint.

Applying the First Coat:

To begin the sponging on Technique, gently contact the wall with the sea sponge, turning it slightly with each pass. This eliminates a “predictable” pattern. Completely cover your wall using this motion.

Make Sure the Sponge is Clean:

After about 15-20 contact motions with the wall, wash your brush with water. A good idea is to purchase two sponges in order to allow one to dry

while the other is being used for further painting.


Applying Subsequent Coats:

Using the same light contact, twisting technique, apply your other colors, taking up with the next lightest color. The more colors and passes used- the more realistic and deep the texture will be.