Sponging is really fun and messy. You can use this in your altered book, on your walls, or paint your furniture. The only real “rule” is to put on enough layers of sponging. If you aren’t “feeling” it, then put more layers on.
Use a medium tone color, one that’s darker, and one that is lighter. Any acrylic paint will do. I love the color selection of the craft paints in small bottles and the price is right at about $1.00/bottle.
All sponges will have a different texture and look when you sponge.
Tin foil makes a great pallet and you just toss it when you’re done.
Blot your sponge in paint and then blot on your pallet to get some off. It’s better to use less paint in each layer and then paint more layers instead of big gobs of paint.
The first few layers you do may not appeal to you – keep going!
When I say layer I am referring to you pouncing your sponge in a random pattern until the paint is gone. Then you get another color to go on top and in different areas.
Do your medium color, then some dark, some medium, some light.
I’m using a pallet knife to scrap the gesso on. I like using a pallet knife to get enough gesso in the stencil.
Spread the gesso all over the stencil. Some got off but that will just add to the page.
You can use your washi tape to hold your stencil in place. It’s good because you can pull it right up so nothing sticks on your page.
Using a sponge and pouncing off some of the paint before using it will make sure the paint doesn’t squish under the stencil.
I have a pretty cool background page now.