Sponges

In traditional painting sponges are often used to dab on wet paint and add a textured finish so they are not obvious candidates for cloning pictures. Most of these brushes can be used either in Cloning Method which gives a patchy, but fairly realistic, picture or using Clone Color where the image is reduced to dabs of color with little or no detail. The two Grainy Wet Sponge examples below illustrate the differences between the two methods.

As its name implies, the Smeary Wet Sponge smears the picture quite strongly.

Another way in which these brushes can be used very successfully is to apply them directly to the photograph and this is shown in the Wet Sponge example below

I Dense Sponge 60

It Fine Sponge 60

© Glazing Sponge 60

• Grainy Wet Sponge 160

• Grainy Wet Sponge 70

» Loaded Wet Sponge 160

» Loaded Wet Sponge 70

• Smeary Wet Sponge 160

• Smeary Wet Sponge 60

Sponge

I Square Sponge 100

n Wet Sponge 70

» Loaded Wet Sponge 160

• Smeary Wet Sponge 160

Wet Sponge

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Smeary Wet Sponge

Grainy Wet Sponge - Cloning Method

The stages of painting Springtime Blossom are shown below.

Stage 1 was a quick wash with the Smeary Wet Sponge using the Clone Color option. Stage 2 used the same brush, Clone Color was clicked off and the Method changed to Cloning to bring in more detail. The brush was then changed to Fine Sponge using the Clone Color option to add to the texture.

Stage 3 used the Smeary Wet Sponge, dabbing all over the picture to soften some of the detail. In Stage 4 the Fine Sponge was used again and more dabs of color created.

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Original photograph.

Original photograph.

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Stage 2.

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Stage 1.

Stage 1.

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Stage 3.

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Stage 2.

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Stage 3.

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