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Monday, October 12, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Sponging Tips

Good morning and welcome to another Over the Moon Monday. Did you have a good week? The weekend was great...too short, but great. I am having computer issues, and it's driving me nuts. For the last year I have used both McAfee Virus Scan and Webroot Spysweeper together with no problems. I had to renew my McAfee and now I learn they are not compatible, so I have to decide which one to use. I like them both. If you have any experience with either one, please email me or leave me a comment on why you like it.

Today I want to give you some tips on sponging. It's a very simple technique, but can give you lots of interesting results. In the card sample below, I have used a couple of different sponging techniques.

I sponged a light blue onto the background cardstock (with the swirls). I sponged the sky and also the grass. I used a green marker to draw in the distinct blades of grass.

Types of sponges:
  • cosmetic/facial sponges
  • porous everyday sponges
  • natural sponges
  • bathtoy sponges

Methods of use:

  • cut or tear sponges to get different textures.
  • use sponges either dry or slightly dampened with water.
  • use different amounts of pressure to get darker or lighter effects
  • tapping, smudging, smearing and circular motions are all ways to get different effects and textures.

Stamping tips:

  • sponge around paper masks which you have cut or torn to create cloud-filled vistas. Then sponge on a bit of light blue, pink or violet to accent clouds.
  • sponge through paper doilies, lace, or netting for a delicate Victorial look. You can also make borders using sponging and masks.
  • for beautiful grass, sponge on shadings to lay down base colors of greens, blues and yellows. Then use a grass stamp for distinct blades (or use a marker to make blades). Stamp it over and over without re-inking to add depth.
  • sponge over nautical designs to give them the impression of being under water, in fog, etc.
  • use the full width of the sponge for large areas or backgrounds or cut your sponge into your own design, such as a star or heart. For example, you can create a brick wall by using a small rectangular piece of dry sponge.
  • use your sponges slightly damp instead of dry, for a softer, more blended look.

I hope you can use some of these tips. You can leave a link under the comment section on this blog.

Have a great week!

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