Sponge Painting with Multiple Colors

Using a large sponge to paint with multiple colors is fun and easy. Painting this way allows your creations to take on a new light and layered effect. Using multiple colors in sponge painting is a fairly uncomplicated process that can be executed by novice painters. However, there are a few tips and tricks that are helpful to know about before embarking on a new layered painting project. Here are a few tips that will help you with your painting:

Tip #1: Which Colors to Paint First

One of the most commonly made mistakes by inexperienced painters is to incorrectly layer colors. If you wish for all of the colors in your painting to be bright and vibrant, you will need to paint the lightest colors first. The lighter the color, the easier it is to cover or layer with a darker color.

If you try to cover a darker color with a lighter color, you will get a streaky result and you will have to add several layers of the lighter color to completely cover the darker color. Therefore, it is important to plan out the order in which you will be applying the colors to your canvas so your ending result matches your vision.

Tip #2: Use Proper Brush Strokes

In sponge painting, brush strokes are of the utmost importance because they dictate how the overall texture of the painting. You can use sponge brushes like traditional paint brushes to make a clean streak of color. To employ this technique, simply load your sponge brush with paint and use it in the same manner as a traditional paint brush.

By dabbing your sponge brush up and down in controlled strokes you can create a textured effect with your sponge brush. For this technique, load your sponge brush with paint and dab off any excess paint before putting the brush to canvas. Use light and controlled strokes to dab the paint on the canvas. You will notice how the paint and sponge act together to create a mottled texture. This is a great technique to use in conjunction with stencils because this stroke evenly distributes the paint on a surface.

Tip #3: Employ Proper Timing Techniques

One of the most important things to remember when you’re painting with multiple colors is to let each layer dry completely. When a painter doesn’t allow each layer to dry, the result is a muddy mix of colors. Some color blending may be favorable, but if you wish to mix your layers is vital to keep in mind the way colors mix together.

Painting red on top of wet yellow results in an orange color whereas painting green on top of purple results in an unsightly brown. To prevent color-mixing mistakes, allow each layer of your sponge painting creation to dry completely before adding another layer.