Technique 29: Sponge Painting
Here is a technique you can use with materials you find around your house. You can cut kitchen sponges, cardboard, fun foam, etc. to make shapes, letters, numbers, or even simple images like leaves, fish, trees, all sorts of cool stuff. I have done this many, many times. Using all handmade “sponges” or stamps. Here’s how we do this:
- First cut your item into the shape you want. Since this is called sponge painting, let’s stick with kitchen sponges for this example. I cut out the shape and I also leave the scruffy, scrubby part on to use as another texture from the same piece.
- Dip into your paint. I often daub off the excess on scrap paper or my drop paper.
- Press onto your paper, tag, card, or journal cover. If you use all one shape, you can paint the background one color and make the stamp another, leaving “grout” lines between your images. This is sort of a cool look and one I have done several times.
- Wash your sponge out well, as the paint will dry and harden in the sponge which will make it pretty difficult to reuse.
Really easy and fun technique. Good for an all over background, borders, focal points, journaling spots…If you make one inch sponge images, like squares, circles, hearts, etc. they’re perfect for ATC’s, inchies, twinchies, and rinchies. I have a drawer filled with homemade stamps/sponges.
Technique 30: Shaving Cream Marbling
This is a great technique to do with your kids. They will love it! It’s simple and the results are often stunning. Here’s how we do this one:
- You need shaving cream. Not the gel kind, it has to be the foaming from the can kind. I bought mine at Dollar Tree. Scented or unscented-matters not.
- Shake the can well and spray shaving cream into a shallow pan.
- Smooth flat with gift card scraper or something similar.
- Dribble paint, inks, food coloring-something colorful-over the shaving cream.
- Using a craft stick or skewer, swirl the paint through the shaving cream. You don’t want to mix it so the colors blend, but just enough that they are swirled through eachother.
- Lay your paper down on top of the shaving cream.
- Remove excess shaving cream with a flat edge-a spatula, ruler, something like that. I put the excess back into the pan along the side by scraping it off.
- Let dry.
I reloaded my pan with more shaving cream and more paint for even more pages. I made 10 or 12 8 1/2″x11″ background pages with this one pan of shaving cream. Rinse down the drain when finished.
I used watered down craft paint for this and it worked great. The colors were Thistle Blossom, Ripe Tomato and Bright Yellow. The second time around I added Laguna, which is a darker turquoise. Gorgeous!
I love this technique and had forgotten how much fun it was to do.