This technique gives a soft, mottled appearance to a surface. It is achieved by dabbing tinted oil glaze onto a surface with a sponge -preferably a quality natural sponge. You can apply several different colored glazes, depending on the desired final look.





1. Prepare the surface with a couple of coats of matte oil-based paint. Allow the undercoat to dry. Pour the glaze into a roller tray, and immerse a sponge in it.



A soft, sponged effect in the bathroom helps create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere.




The finished effect creates a more opaque color than that made by sponging on. Prepare by applying two coats of a matte oil-based paint.



1. Mix the oil glaze to the texture of thick cream. Paint in small areas of 6 ft (2 m) by 3 ft (1 m) so that the glaze does not dry before you sponge it off.



2. Soak the sponge in turpentine. Then wring it out and dab it onto the wet tinted oil glaze to remove some of the paint. The more paint you remove, the lighter the finished effect.



3. To remove any excess glaze, press the sponge against the slope of the tray. If you are not sure of how soaked the sponge should be, experiment on cardboard.



4. Dab the sponge onto the wall to create a dappled look. Vary the pressure for effect. Be quite free in the way you apply the glaze. Squeeze any excess glaze onto a lint-free cloth. Seal with matte varnish.





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