Why Use Glaze When Sponge Painting?


Sponge painting and faux finishing are inexpensive ways to add drama and elegance to any room, given they are done right. Paint glaze is the key ingredient you mix with your latex paint to achieve the designer results you desire.

Defining Glaze

  • Glaze is a clear product you mix with paint to slow down the drying process to allow easier bending and layering of paint colors. One part glaze to one part paint is a typical combination, but it varies depending on the desired finished effect.

Uses of Glaze

  • Many popular faux finishes, including sponging, marbling and ragging, require the addition of glaze in the paint in order to obtain the proper result. It would be impossible to achieve many faux finishes without the addition of glaze because the paint would not blend properly.

Using Glaze while Sponge Painting

  • Sponge-painted walls are fun and easy to do. Your walls' base coat should be a semi-gloss paint that is thoroughly dry. Mix one part glaze with one part latex paint (low-sheen) in the desired color. Dampen a large sea sponge with water the dip in the paint mixture. Simply press it onto the wall moving your wrist in a twisting motion. Blend as desired until you are happy with the result.

Problems while Sponge Painting

  • The most common problem when sponge painting a wall is using colors too dark or not using enough glaze. This makes the wall appear too "harsh" and not very pretty. The best way to achieve a nice result is by selecting lighter colors and blending well. If you use two colors, choose two that are similar.

Fun Paint Facts

  • Latex paint was invented in the 1940s by using resin from the rubber tree as the binder.

    The human eye can distinguish about 7 million different colors.

    "Faux" means "false" in French.

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  • Painting Techniques & Faux Finishes;" Louise Hennings & Marina Niven; 1998
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