I’m so excited you are here and are interested in starting to paint with natural sponges. I begun using them few years ago and have loved them since.
What you will find in this PDF?
- Difference between synthetic and natural sponges
- How to chose your sponges for the first time
- Different kind of sponges
- How to take care of your sponges
- Additional Pro Tips
It was a Saturday morning, few years ago, at the beginning of summer, in my apartment in Dublin. The light was coming through the living room window and I was sipping my cup of tea.
Staring at the canvas, thinking about this new need, to paint in a different way, slowing down my process and art rhythm, embracing colours in all of their shadows.
I felt like I had to abandon the rush that used to be part of my painting routine when I was still living in Italy. Art had to become a piece of me, not just a quick escape.
You know when you think about an amazing sentence or something you should have said in a conversation and have the need to write it down quick, before it leaves you? That’s the same feeling I used to have about my art, like I had to catch it before it could leave my body.
I remember rushing my paint, brush and canvas on the balcony (where I used to paint, kissed by the sun!), trying to hold on my idea.
It actually happened few times, I lost the feeling and the sense of what I was doing, just bringing my tools out, and so - just like that - the need to paint was gone.
But that Saturday morning in my apartment, I felt like I didn’t need to paint like that anymore, I could let go of the old ways and make of art my forever love.
There I was, sitting there and thinking that I had to take that new calming energy and transform it in colours.
I remember starting to pour paint on the big canvas and instead of using brushes, I got some kitchen paper and slowly mixed the colours, making them fade into each other.
I always had a deep interest in colours fading into each other, almost trying to see when a colour really becomes itself. And there, tapping with my kitchen paper on the canvas, I could see my colours, becoming something else.
The kitchen paper was great but I had to use too much of it, it was breaking into the paint a bit too much, and I didn’t feel like killing trees for a painting.
So, on the same day, in the afternoon, still amazed by the power and energy of this new found process, I went in an art shop and the first thing I’ve noticed were natural sponges, there, in front of me. I got 3 sponges and immediately went home to try them - like a child with a new toy.
I’ve been painting with natural sponges for the last four years, and have embraced their power since, and now it's time for me to share all I know about them.
I hope you have fun!