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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by funfacesforu on Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:31 am

I like using a brush with split cakes especially when making crowns, flowers and other designs but I have a delimma. I use one sponge per child but it would be too expensive to use one onestroke brush per child. I've tried making crowns, etc with sponges but can't get the same control. Can you do crowns and other designs with sponges? Want to know because if its possible than I'll just keep practicing with sponges. Maybe the sponges on stick that Susan referred to might be better for design work.
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by Rosenberg-Cox on Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:40 am

I love my split cakes but honestly, I use brushes with them more than sponges as I have to clean all applicators between each child. Brushes clean up rather well but the sponges, I just have to throw away.

I also work, sometimes, for Michaels and will second the Lowel & Cornell sponges comment above. I cut them into thirds as well and with the weekly 40% off coupon, they are reasonably priced. I haven't had anyone say they are scratchy - yet.
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by eviedejesus on Mon May 20, 2013 3:22 pm

The black snazaroo petal sponges are scratchy - the colored ones are soft. This has been my experience.
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by Denise Cold on Mon May 20, 2013 4:54 pm

The different colors of Snaz sponges all have a different feel to them...don't know why. Even though I've dyed all of my black, I can still tell which one was the white or blue.

I like the snaz sponges for use with large rainbows but I'm kind of "weird" and load the flat area of the sponge because I like the shape. It makes super quick butterflies, tigers, masks. I may be wrong but I think they were designed for this in the first place?? I only pounce because I'm only moving a little bit. I don't use them covering large areas.

The weird thing is, I use my rounded off left overs from the petal holder A LOT for muzzles and to base eyes for one-stroke butterflies and to use stencils so don't throw it out. They are firm enough that I don't have to squish my finger behind to use them and the rounded shape fits really well. Let me see if I can find the picture of them...they are the ones in a circular shape. I rounded off all the edges.



Here's a video I made up for loading your brush for one-stroke:
https://youtu.be/fiNN7qmTI9k

Here's the Snaz petal sponges in action:
https://youtu.be/L91kdJAgx2I


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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by Miss Ronnie on Mon May 20, 2013 5:26 pm

I know sponge discussions have been done to death...BUT (Miss Ronnie has a big ol' BUT)...

I have grown disenchanted with my vast supply of dyed black sponges.... I wanna firmer sponge, dagnabbit!!!!

Sweet Loretta sent me a sampling last year and one of them I truly love but don't know what it was.... a smaller one but quite dense.... I'm thinking it was a WWF....

Who uses WWF?
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by Little friends on Mon May 20, 2013 7:20 pm

Denise would you Plz post a link for your double dip flower petal technique your daughter were talking about on the snaz butterfly video.thank you
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by eviedejesus on Mon May 20, 2013 10:41 pm

just to be clear, I was not referring to the black one that is included with the 8 color set - Iím referring to the set where all petals are black (actually closer to a charcoal gray), they were definitely made with a different material.
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by eviedejesus on Mon May 20, 2013 10:43 pm

come to think of it, I received the all black set by accident, it was shipped to me when I ordered the 8 color set, they may have been a discontinued item as I havenít really seen them for sale that way.
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by Denise Cold on Tue May 21, 2013 2:46 am

One of the tips that I got from someone that does great blossoms is after you've loaded the white really well, drag the very tip of your brush on a towel or paper towel and then load the darker color...helps to keep it from over blending....here's a whole variety of blossom videos:

Emma's Blossoms:
https://youtu.be/5wJ67uNK4Hc

Daizy Design:
https://youtu.be/H_jeSlxJyPs

Lisa Joy Young:
https://youtu.be/x_XlTybCU5c

Ashlea Henson:
https://youtu.be/XNL3oH_olJ8
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by Little friends on Tue May 21, 2013 5:09 am

Thank you!
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by vegas mom on Tue May 21, 2013 10:29 am

I ordered the "petal" sponges and well they look enormous. I havent tried them yet as they would cover my daughters face in one stroke.. Is there a "special" way to use these on children? I would love to try them.. I seem to find cutting my 1/2s into 1/4s works well for base work, more control and I cut some of my others to make them a bit smaller 1/2's so now depending on the childs face I can grab whatever I think will work best. As for sponging on for like butterflies it takes practice and trial and error to get the right water to paint ratio. Less is more. You can always go over but very hard to wipe the excess off once on a face... Good luck you will figure it out.... Wink
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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by Denise Cold on Tue May 21, 2013 12:11 pm

If you look at the butterfly video I show how to use just the tip and keep it flat let their bone structure cut it off and then I pick it up and use the rounded edge to finish it off...in fact, it works better for small faces because that corner goes in their little eyes best. Smile

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Re: Help w/ using Split Cakes

Post by vegas mom on Wed May 22, 2013 12:22 pm

thanks Denise will have to watch again for the 100th time... Smile
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