Sponge Painting in Multiple Colors

One of the easiest faux painting techniques is Sponging. It is still one of the most popular ones that is used in faux painting. It doesn't require a lot of complicated steps, either. This helps when you are choosing your Faux Finish. However, many methods differ on how to apply the glaze to the sponge and then onto the wall. Especially when sponging in multiple colors, like the wall pictured below.

How to achieve this faux finish

sponging in pink, teal and purple on bathroom wall

This technique involves a simple process. After you paint your base coat, you apply glaze or paint to a sea sponge and then usiing various sides of it, you add the imprints to the wall.

Here in the picture above, we used a plain white color for our basecoat and then added pink, teal and purple colors on top, allowing part of the base coat to show thru.

What type of base coat sheen is best?

Your base coat should be a satin sheen. Eggshell is another sheen that can be used, but the glaze tends to dry faster with eggshell.

What colors are best to use?

The colors we used on the DVD Workshop are strong, in order to show the imprint of the sponge and to show the technique. However, the sky is the limit for colors to use with this faux finish. Keeping your colors in the same family gives you more of a subtle classy look, whereas using contrasting colors can add drama to your room.

Below are some color suggestions for you to consider.

sponging in purple colors

Base coat (on the left under the picture) is light purple, sponging done in two darker purple colors.

sponging in brown and black

Base coat (on the left under the picture) is a dark tan color, sponging done in black and a dark brown color.

sponging in red and black

Base coat (on the left under the picture) is a red color, sponging done in black and a red burgundy color.

sponging in tan, green and brown

Base coat (on the left under the picture) is a flesh tone color, sponging done in tan, olive green and brown.

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Why use the Triple S Faux Painting System©?

Sponging walls with other methods require you sponge only one color at a time in small sections, blotting the sponge on paper to remove excess paint, each time. This involves climbing up and down a ladder many times, especially if you are painting high areas. In addition, when sponging multiple colors, you must wait till each layer is dry before applying another color.

In the picture below, this simple technique was used in this tray ceiling. We couldn't get a scaffold in the room, therefore, we had to use a ladder. This system saved us many, many trips up and down. You can see by the video at the top of this page, how fast and easy it could be done with the patented (7472450) Triple S Faux Painting System©.

sponging on ceiling in gold and black

With our system, you just load the Multi Color Faux Palette and carry it up with your sponge and that’s it. You can sponge paint an entire room in the same amount of time that other methods take to faux paint just one wall. With this system, you can sponge paint up to 50 square feet without having to reload. Plus you can faux paint up to 6 different colors at the same time!

How to make fake rocks with sponging and
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In this video above, you can see how easy it is to add textured look to the brown paper used to make fake rocks. Applying all the colors at the same time saves a lot of steps.

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