Natural Sponges are carefully harvested in Greece under strict control to keep them free of any contaminates, and are available in a wide array of sizes and textures for any myriad of artistic uses! Among some of the many uses for natural fiber paint sponges are:
- Ceramics & Pottery Sponge - For thousands of years, natural hair sponges have been used in ceramics and pottery as a smoothing aide. Potters need slurry to keep their pieces smooth and moist, and nothing brings water to the potter more efficiently than a natural fiber sponge!
- Faux Finishing - 'Sponging on' and 'sponging off' are both highly popular forms of faux finish techniques, among many others involving sponges. The irregular texture of natural fiber sponges makes for the most organic, interesting patterns and they not only hold more color but allow for a more controlled release.
- Watercolor Painting Sponge - Watercolorists have long been in love with the natural sponge! Sponges can be used for wetting paper, or for absorbing excess saturation. As sponges have no hair, they leave none behind on the paper like brushes can do. Perfect for lifting paint and for softening and blending colors, natural sponges are indispensible in the watercolor studio!
- Acrylic Painting Sponge- Use Aphrodite natural sponges to achieve organically textured effects in acrylics, to wipe, smooth, and blend colors, even use in place of a brush for direct application! The possibilities of expression are limitless when you combine sponges with acrylic paints.
- Oil Painting Sponge - Natural sponges are fantastic for applying thin glazes of color, and new quick-dry mediums mean multiple layers can be applied over a short period of time to build up depth and refraction, while the sponges will not leave trace hairs behind in the layers! Sponges can also be loaded with liquid oil colors and used in dripping and spattering techniques, or with solvents for wiping and smudging.