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Post by Judy on Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:32 am

There are painting sponges and painting sponges all used for bases and blending
- I'm not talking about those kind. Besides the ones that look like a furnace filter (not sure of the correct name.. maybe stipple? for whiskers) are there other sponges that I should consider to add to my gadget collection for an 'effect'?
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Post by Perry Noia on Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:47 am

they are stipple sponges... I use them for pirate beards, but you can also use them for texturing... but you can cut up a sponge that is similar from an aquarium filter for those.

I can't say I've seen any other sponges other than those that are used as "stamps" but I prefer to paint my own shapes than stamp anything.
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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:10 pm

Check out my blog post on sponges....

Like Perry says, Aquarium filters - same material stipple sponges are made from but usually white or off-white... buy a block of it cut into 1" squares, voila... stipple sponges for a FRACTION of the cost.

Cellulose sponges - great to make stamps with and if you want to make a brick wall PERFECT texture!

Sea sponges - varied and interesting textures for all sorts of effects...

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Post by Ashley Pickin on Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:26 pm

you can cut your sponges into shapes.. like a butterfly... or you can get sponges on sticks like the Mop sponges that jodi karr sells....
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Post by aprilmoonflower on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:35 pm

Could you ladies possibly post pictures of your sponges? Pretty please? cat

(having a hard time visualizing the aquarium filter!) and just want to see your stuff!
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Post by Perry Noia on Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:21 pm

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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:45 pm

Hey...you found black filters! I can only find cream/white ones in much larger pieces.

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Post by Just Jenny on Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:24 pm

Shannon, Where do you find the white or creme filters?

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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:08 am

Petland...

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Post by Judy on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:16 am

Perry Noia wrote:they are stipple sponges... I use them for pirate beards, but you can also use them for texturing... but you can cut up a sponge that is similar from an aquarium filter for those.

I can't say I've seen any other sponges other than those that are used as "stamps" but I prefer to paint my own shapes than stamp anything.

Ahhhh that's where I've seen that kind of material before! Beats the heck out of a furnace filter!! lol!

Thanks for the tips. I'll have to try a sea/natural sponge to see what kind of effect it gives.
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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:19 am

Try the craft store for sea sponges and look carefully at them... they are cheaper there (the ones sold for cosmetics are nicer and more uniform but more expensive) and usually in bags of several pieces. Some are really pourous others jagged... all are useful in some way, but small scraps are harder to use so make sure the bag you pick-up has workable sizes.

Every one is different too so it is fun to play with them. And they ARE washable.

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Post by aprilmoonflower on Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:20 am

In one of my new face painting books it says to use a "rake" sponge in one tutorial. (for a butterfly on the wings to recreate some hairlike looking lines..) Is this the same as a stipple sponge would be? I am thinking it should serve the same purpose..What do you ladies think? Same effect?
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Post by Guest on Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:24 am

A "rake" SPONGE? Okay, that's a new one. How much do they want you to pay for that I wonder? Maybe they meant to say "brush"???

I just use a dry flat brush for that type of effect if I want it...

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Post by Wildcatfin on Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:18 am

Think that HAS to be a typo, Shannon, yes rake brush!
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Post by Ashley Pickin on Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:37 am

you can get rake brushes at art supply shops.. got mine at Jerry's in the Asian calligraphy section... I use it for lace and sometimes animal hair.. but that's about it.
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Post by LoneWolf on Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:29 am

I like them for a quick butterfly effect, dragging the black outline into the colours, and for Christmas threes.
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Post by Metina on Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:44 am

Absolutely wonderful for trees, but so are fan brushes. I find that to get a hair effect though it takes several passes or it looks patchy. Rakes also make good grass.

Also, you can use these with split cakes for nice ribbons(of sorts)

There is also a wisp, which makes hair much easier. The white hair is done with a wisp super quick, the brown is with a rake that took a little longer.




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Post by Judy on Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:04 am

Ashley Pickin wrote:you can get rake brushes at art supply shops.. got mine at Jerry's in the Asian calligraphy section... I use it for lace and sometimes animal hair.. but that's about it.

Ashley, how do you use a rake brush for lace? Can't quite picture it.
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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:22 am

Criss cross to create the effect of the connecting threads...

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