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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:01 pm

When I 1st started face painting I bought 2 wheels of those Snazaroo Petal Sponges. They ended up in the back of my face painting closet(yes, I do have a full closet of just face painting stuff, but that's for another therapy session Very Happy ). Well, I can't figure out how best to use them. I know many face painters love them & swear by them, but I'm at a loss. They seem too big for the kiddo's faces. Is anyone proficient w/ them & can give me some tips? Thanks!
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Lynnie on Sat Jul 30, 2011 11:52 pm

OMG I LOVELOVELOVELOVE THEM!!!!

Okay, that being said, they aren't too big at all for any face, you just have to adjust how you use your sponges.

Before you start, hold it from the flat sides, and if you need more pressure your index finger can guide the point. I almost never do this but it's an option.

Step one: don't soak them. Barely put the tip in the water. It's a sponge, it soaks it up. It's what it's supposed to do.

Step two: load up only the tip, maybe a pencil tip depth into it.

Step three: practice these---
broad stroke down for fast coverage, especially awesome for arty cakes or split work.
corner point for slightly less coverage, great for tiny eyes, eye lid corners and smaller places
point of the sponge going sideways to make lines, love these!
Corners can make dots with the slightest pressure
If you have one that you want to dedicate to it, white up the side, the teardrop is the perfect "Spiderman" eye shape.
Keep playing...It is amazing the different strokes you can get from it.

Next, ooooo the blending. My fav part of the sponges.
Using your index finger, flip it in your hand so you are now using the round backside. Make sure you always use the sponge of the darker color but there you have it...blend away. Soooo easy!

If you get too much paint on it, that's okay don't rinse it off. Simply let it sit and next time you need it, dip it in water ever so slightly and it reactivates the paint. Saves paint, time and money.

Have I mentioned I love these? I have a set for each of my girls (that's 4 of us) and we all swear by them. For the odd colors, I took the normal round sponges, cut them in half and we use them the same way but the width is not as good. The tear drop ones fit perfectly into arty cakes and such.

Hope this helps. If I think of it I will put up photos later in the week.

Good luck!!!
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Denise Cold on Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:58 am

Make perfect spiderman eyes! I keep one fully white on one side for spidey eyes.

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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Psalmbook on Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:05 am

I'll have to give them a try. I've seen wonderful work done w/ them... but I love my greenies & goto them often Very Happy
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Pilareta on Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:51 am

I can't figure out what are talking about ... Embarassed What are petal sponges? Could you post any pic?
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Pilareta on Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:52 am

Ok, I googled it. Do you guys mean these? Are they very big?

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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Tracalla on Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:56 pm

Also, they come in all black, which I have on order. That way, you can use them for any color and there is no staining afterward.
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by eva on Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:02 pm

That is them, they are huge. I couldn't figure them out either.
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by LoneWolf on Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:39 pm

I also like them for butterflies wings, got two at FABAIC and finally had time to try them this week =)

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Post by eva on Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:37 pm

Oh now I never thought of that Lone Wolf. I may have to dig them out and use them with that sparkle DFX cake
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Denise Cold on Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:43 pm

Nice Lone-Wolf...I'll have to try that.

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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Guest on Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:25 pm

I find them a bit bulky to work with... but they are a nice density and you can always cut them smaller to work with if you can't get the hang of them.

The colour coding aspect of them is a neat idea...

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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Creabella on Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:28 am

Does anyone (of the Dutch facepainters) know if and where you can buy them in Holland??????

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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by l!zzie on Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:02 am

Nope!
There are a lot of great things from US, which are not available in the Netherlands....
FE loew cornell brushes...
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by artyfacesbyluz on Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:26 pm

There is a shop in UK, that carries almost everything, little more expensive of course.
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Creabella on Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:49 am

l!zzie wrote:Nope!
There are a lot of great things from US, which are not available in the Netherlands....
FE loew cornell brushes...

yeah, that's such a shame, sometimes, I know one adres that sells Loew Cornell Style Stix.. .but that's it.

I wonder if you could 'make' your own petal sponges? I don't really know the size of these petal sponges....
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Post by Creabella on Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:51 am

l!zzie wrote:Nope!
There are a lot of great things from US, which are not available in the Netherlands....
FE loew cornell brushes...

Yeah, such a shame sometimes... I know one adress where you can buy the Style Stix of Lowel Cornell... but that is just about it.

Would it be an option to try to make your own petal sponge? But I don't really know the size of these sponges anyway....
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by l!zzie on Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:34 am

I recently cut one myself out of a new round sponge. Stil have to try it!
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Creabella on Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:31 am

What kind of round sponge did you use for that? An ordinary facepaint sponge?
Because I saw in the video of Denise Cold that the petal sponge is quite big.
Do you have a picture to show of your home made petal sponge, by any chance???? Wink
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Post by l!zzie on Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:34 am

Just an ordinary facepaintsponge!
I don't have my kit out, because I'm not well enough to paint yet, but when I get it out in a few days, I'll take pics and try it for you!
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by Creabella on Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:42 am

Thanks, I hope you will be fine soon!!! Must be annoying not to be able to paint. But health comes first, right?
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by l!zzie on Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:10 am

It sure does!
This won't last forever... Painting does! Very Happy
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by ninaschau on Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:39 pm

oh NO! No Loew Cornell brushes? thats such a shame!! maybe someone can send them to you?
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Re: Snazaroo Petal Sponges

Post by l!zzie on Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:48 pm

Oh well, we've got other brushes that are ok!
But sometimes it's a bit hard to see something really great on this forum, knowing it's hard to get!
Of course you can order anything worldwide, but sometimes that's a bit expensive and I don't use paypall or something like that.
But it's ok!
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