Sponge painting is a very versatile craft technique; if you don’t like the effect, you can wipe it clean and try again until you get the look you like.
by Twila Lenoir
Small wooden box (this one had a bow form on the lid, but a plain box is fine)
Blue and gold acrylic paints
Felt (any color, to use as a lining – I used red)
Small piece of sea sponge, rag, or dry brushsmall amount of masking tape
Sand any imperfections on the box.
Paint the box blue inside and out, then let dry thoroughly.
To sponge on the gold highlighting, you can use a variety of materials. A small piece of damp sea sponge works well, but you can also a small piece of damp rag or even a dry paint brush. Whichever you choose, apply the gold all over the box, but apply it sparingly – you want an antiqued effect, rather than a heavy gold overlay.
Use a “pouncing” technique, dabbing the sponge, rag or brush lightly straight down on the box surface, lifting it off quickly and repeating in another area. If you don’t like the effect in a certain spot, use a clean damp rag to wipe it off and try again. Let the paint dry.
Glue the felt to inside of the box. You can do just the bottom or do the sides too.
Make a pretty pair of decoupaged earrings to put inside, then give this sponge painted trinket box as an expensive gift (only we know differently ~Smile~).