After loving my glue sponge, I knew that I could use the same process for tempra paint. The paint sponge works like a dream! I never knew how using a paint sponge would transform my children’s painting experience. My children love art projects, but let’s face it, they are messy. Have you ever started a painting project and found yourself deciding if you really needed that plate because you have nowhere else to our it? I was tired of using paper plates or whatever else I could find, wasting paint, time, money, and having a hot mess to clean up. I knew if the sponge worked for glue, well then how awesome would it be for paint? LOVE at first try. This quick tutorial, how to make a paint sponge will save you time, money, and hassle.
Materials (Containers and Sponges were purchased from the Dollar Store) All Materials Cost less than $8.00 and can make 6 paint sponge containers. This worked out great, because there were 6 bottles of tempra paint in the set I purchased.
- 6 Sponges (come in packs of 2) ($1 for 2 pack)
- 6 Plastic Container (rectangle shape – sponge fits nicely inside and come in packs of 6) ($1 for 3 pack)
- Tempra Paint (I purchased a small 6 pack for $)
- Place sponge in container (if you purchase containers and sponges from the Dollar Store it is a nice, snug fit)
- Pour 1/4 of paint onto the sponge (if you want thicker paint, add more, but better to start with smaller amount and add to it)
- Add water to the top of the sponge (if you want a more watery paint, you will want to add more water)
- Mix the paint and water (I used a paint brush) and really let the sponge get covered in the paint)
Ok, so at this point you may be asking why did I use a sponge with paint? The sponge is a great tool for stamping.
- Children can place the objects on the sponge and get just the right amount of paint on their stamps. (Yeah!)
- Children are able to use just the right amount of paint, not too much, not too little.
The sponge works like a ink well, filling the brush with just enough paint. Children can also get a darker pigment by using the paint in the sponge, or a more watery look by using the pool of water surrounding the sponge.
So how can this clever paint hack saved you time, money, and hassle?
- It can save you time by popping of the lid and immediately get started painting. (Yes!)
- It can save you money by not wasting paint that you have left over after your project is done. How about this dreaded task of looking for something to hold your paint while you are using it. With the “dipping or “sponging,” you use just enough paint. Don’t forget stamping that I have already mentioned.
- It can save you hassle because there are not 6 opened paint containers dripping with paint, paperplates with piles of paint, not to mention paint covering everything but the art project.
- Paint sponges are easy to care for by adding more paint and water when needed. Preschool, School, Homeschool, Art Camps, and more, this is the best paint hack ever.
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