IAN LOVEALL: Hi! My name is Ian Loveall with
Expert Village and today we’re looking at murals. And right now, I’m going to show you
some different types of sponges and the effects you can achieve with them. Okay, next we have
your natural sea sponges. These are incredible. As you can see, no two are alike. And even
on the same piece, you’ll have a variety of different surfaces and textures, endless possibilities
with these guys. They range in size from very small to the size of this whole pad of paper.
I had one that big, but, you know, they don’t last a terribly long time. They tend to break
apart. That’s just the nature of the fibers. So, let’s just dive in and start seeing what
we come up with. Great for dabbing, you can also roll them. Again, you can wear gloves
if you like. I really don’t mind getting my hands messy. So, each surface will create
a different pattern. You can also tear these or cut them into certain shapes if you have
a specific need. You can use the same side over and over to create a stamp effect or
you can rotate it constantly and you’ll get a new impression every single time. It’s just
a really nice random texturizer. You can also drag. These are actually my–my favorite tool for
wood graining. You load it up with color. Obviously, if I were doing this with an actual
project, I would not be using blue. Get it wet. Start at the top of your piece, and then
simply by varying the pressure of your stroke and the position of your fingers, you can
create nice, veining patterns that in the right colors will mimic woodwork very nicely.
And you can go in later with a brush and maybe paint a knot hole or two. And again, depending
on your own taste. Sea sponge is a great tool, play with them. You will be surprised.