VIDEO: Art Product Test – Magic Sponge

Recently I came across the ‘Magic Sponge’ which can lift dry watercolour paint from paper and was super curious about it, I mean who wouldn’t be with a name like ‘Magic Sponge’? So today I have a new video with a product test for the Magic Sponge.

If you haven’t come across this product yet it is actually melamine foam which has really strong abrasive properties, i.e. it scrubs well! The structure of the foam is such that it acts like a super fine sandpaper. The funny thing is is that you may already have some in your home as it has been marketed as a cleaning product under various names for many years.

I don’t know exactly when they started marketing it to artists as a watercolour eraser but I think it has been on the art product market for a good decade but you can correct me if I am wrong!

VIDEO: Art Product Test - Magic Sponge by Kim Dellow

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For my test I have compared how it works with watercolour paints, Distress Crayons, Slick Stix, Distress Stain, Distress Ink and tried it out on hot and cold press watercolour paper as well as an ordinary cardstock. So sit back and enjoy the film!

Oh and keep an eye out for a sneak peek at one of my new stencil designs for PaperArtsy (SPOILER ALERT: it’s pictured above if you missed it!).

VIDEO: Art Product Test – Magic Sponge

Magic Sponge
Fabriano Classico 5 Fat Pad 300g/m (140lb)
Bockingford Watercolour paper cold press
Cardstock Smooth 290g/m 
Winsor and Newton Watercolours
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections Watercolor
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Set 
Crayola Twistables Slick Stix
Tim Holtz Distress Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Results of using magic sponge on different materials, with a video by Kim Dellow

Above is a close-up of the results on the different papers and colouring products. As I said is it an abrasive and I did use it on my stencil with no apparent ill effect. All though I personally don’t think I would want to use it over and over again on the same stencil. I think it is cool for the occasional use to get specific effects, but I will leave you to make your own mind up about how you would like to use it!

And so that you can see the stencil again (*WINK*) here is a close-up of the results of the lifting of the watercolour paint through the stencil on the cold press watercolour paper.

close up of using Magic sponge through a stencil, video by Kim Dellow

Hope that the video was useful, I do plan to do more product testing from time to time so let me know if you have an art or craft product you would like to see in action and if I have it I will do my best to test it and video the results!

Meanwhile, don’t forget to watch my last product test video which was the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Slick Stix face-off!



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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. kartenkunst

    Hi Kim,
    I do have these erasers in my cleaning cupboard since ages. They are good for lot of things, ie removing tea stains in cups, stains on the wall or the staircase… Only one has to be aware that when using them on polished surfaces it will leave a matte finish and is therefore visible.

    Next time I am using watercolour or something else I will sure give it a try. Did you try them yet with acrylic or chalk paint?

    Btw, did you try jar lids as little palettes? Or lids from milk bottles? Does that work for you?

    Greetings from Germany

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hi Rena,
      Let me know how you get on with it when you try it on your art! I've not tried it on anything else yet. I reckon it will work on non-porous surfaces with acrylics but not on porous surfaces like paper, probably just dig a whole in the paper, don't you think?
      I've been meaning too to use my lids, I have some pot lids ready but I keep reaching for my mini-ceramic palette at the moment as I have some left over paint in it 🙂 But I will don't worry!
      Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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