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Adding Paint Texture with sponges :

Here is a simple trick that will allow you to add some texture (or roughness) to the surface of your paint.

What you will need :

What you will need
  1. The piece you are working with and want to add the texture to. Make sure it is primed first to make it easier to work with.
  2. Suitable Primer. In this case, I am using Tamiya Primer in liquid form.
  3. Small sponge. I am using a small section of a standard dish washing sponge most people use in the kitchen.


Step 1

Step 1 :

Take the primer and cover the jar opening with the sponge. Tip it over so the paint soaks into the sponge a little bit (but not too much).

Step 2

Step 2 :

Take the paint soaked sponge and dab it on to the piece. As the primer dries, the paint becomes tacky and lifts off a little bit each time you pull the sponge off. Removing the paint like this is what gives a rough texture.

Step 3

Step 3 :

Repeat step 2 until you get the desired effect that you are after. In this case, I have used it to make a rough ceramic texture for the brick work on this wall. There is no right amount to do it, just do it enough until you are satisfied with the texture.


All done now. Simple wasn't it? It is an easy technique that can be used on a variety of different subjects. For example, I have used it not only on the wall of the UC Hard Graph diorama to give the brick work some realistic texture, but I have also used it on my Corythosaurus to replace texture that was removed in the sanding process. I have also seen it succesfully used for a cast iron effect, so it's applications are numerous. Experiment and see what sorts of applications you can use it for.