Painting a Mural With Just a Sponge

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$10
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I want to share with you an easy and quick way to paint a mural using just a sponge, paint and glaze.
The first thing you need to have is a wall painted with an "eggshell" finish or " satin" so that the glaze can work it's magic. If you have a flat paint on your wall, it will not work.
Mix the paint color with the glaze (about half and half).
You are welcome to draw your image with a chalk so that you can have a guide of were to paint.
You will then dip the sponge in the glaze mixture and start painting, by applying pressure on the edge of the sponge so that you can get a darker edge.
As you apply the paint to the edges, you then spread the the paint inside the areas as if you are softly washing the wall to get an even look.
You can use different greens for the different hills and also use a bigger sponge for larger areas.
When you are done covering all the hills, then go back to the areas to apply darker shading. You can add more paint or darker paint to the glaze mixture for a more dramatic effect.
Next, work on the trees with a brown glaze mix. Your finger is what will help make thinner lines by pressing on the edge of the sponge.
when it's dry, go back and add darker shading with thesame or darker brown. then add the leaves by making them as if they were clouds for a soft look.
Add bushes and mountains.
And then add some light brown to the path.
Like I said before, if you want and you can, add the picket fence, flowers, birds, butterflies and whatever else you want but this will require some skill and brushes. Good luck! hope to see some samples!

For more information or more ideas, you can get my little how to book.
www.carolinasart.com.

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  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Apr 17, 2018

    You're such a talented artist!

  • Betsy Betsy on Aug 29, 2019

    Hi Carolina: This is exactly what I was looking for for over 20 years!  When I was a child, my grandparents lived just down the road from my family. My grandfather had his own bedroom, (there were only 2, like our house) the only one with a closet, and would never let me look into that closet. Of course I was very curious as to why! Old houses, small rooms, smaller closets  Well, my grandparents passed away and the house was going to be torn down. I asked the contractors if I could take something out of the house and they said to take what I wanted. You bet your boots, I wanted into that closet! Yeah, nothing there  So, I took the door, frame and all, and wanted to put it at the bottom of my basement stairs and have the door slightly open and have a scene, like you have made, right there when the door opened. I could never find anything I liked, until now! Yeah, I'm very patient  I just knew that the right thing would come along, eventually. Thank you so much! I'm in my late 70's now, but I can do this, and I will. Thank you again so much.

    • Carolina's Art Carolina's Art on May 25, 2020

      I don't know why I had not seen your comment before. I liked your story, and I hope you had a chance to paint your mural. Would love to see a picture.

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