Sponge Painting a Camouflage Finish

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What You'll Need
Large sponge brush or roller
1-inch sponge brush
A large container of acrylic paint in background-color
2 smaller containers of acrylic paint in pattern colors
1 package camouflage stencils

You can create an assortment of textures and images by employing the numerous techniques of sponge painting. You can use sponge painting to mimic almost any pattern or portray a scene in a mural. This article explains how to create a camouflage finish using sponge painting techniques.

Select Your Colors

Camouflage is traditionally composed of four colors: dark green, brown, black and tan. However, you may choose to use whatever colors you want to create a camouflage that is unique. Since camouflage is merely a pattern, you may choose to substitute whatever colors attract your eye.

Bear in mind that you will need to select one color that will act as the background to the other three colors you choose. The background color will be the most prominent and should, therefore, be the color you have the most affinity towards. Some color combinations that work well are yellow, beige, brown and black or light blue, dark blue, white and grey. You can even combine bright colors like neon orange, neon pink, blue and white.

Prepare the Surface for Painting

Make sure that the surface you’re about to paint is completely clean and free of debris. If it is a large surface, consider using a hairdryer to blow away any clinging debris.

Apply the Background Color

Next, use your large sponge brush or sponge roller to apply a thin layer of your background paint to the surface. You need to be careful that you’re coating the surface evenly and not plopping too much paint on. Here, you want a thin and even coat that will dry quickly. You will probably need to apply three or four coats of the background color before the surface is adequately painted. Wait for at least a half-hour after you think your background paint is dry before moving on to step three.

Use the Stencil

This is the most time-consuming part of the process because each color will require several layers of paint to maintain a bold appearance. Start with the lightest color. Use your 1-inch sponge brush to lightly sponge in the camouflage pattern.

Repeat this process until the entire surface is covered. You can go over each stenciled shape several times to make the color stand out. Continue the process with the subsequent colors, making sure to overlap frequently to give the finished product a true camouflage pattern appearance.