Marbling Effects

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I am amazed when I look at a piece of polished marble. It reminds me of an exquisite jewel. There is no wonder why builders, sculptors and masons have sought after choice pieces of marble for centuries.

Creating faux marble all comes down to layers. Marble itself, in nature has many translucent layers mixed with dense veins of sediment. So when we recreate this beautiful stone in which God has perfected, we too must make our paint translucent and add layer upon layer of transparent effects. The areas that we recreate which are opaque stone, then those areas we must obviously use a more opaque mixture of paint.

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Here is an example of a wall painted to look like pink marble. Once the marbling is completed, a high gloss clear coat is applied, giving the appearance that the surface has been polished.

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In this video I explain the steps I go through to recreate marble:

Some tips from the video:

  1. Start with a general base color that you want your finished marble piece to look like. For this project I used this color.
  2. Make a dark variation of the base color, medium variation and a lighter variation of the base color in three separate containers, I used old sour cream containers for this project. (I also used simple craft paint to mix my colors. The final product is still extremely durable because of the base coat that the tint is mixed with and the clear coat that we put over the top of the final project).
  3. Have a mixture of opaque white or an off white to create the veins in the marble.
  4. Have a reference photo of a close up of marble. This reference photo will help you see how the patterns, swirls and veins in true marble look. Refer back to this through out your project.
  5.  Take the side of your standard 2″ paint brush and your medium paint variation mixture referred to in step 2 and apply some patterns over the base coat. (See 3:12 of the video)
  6. Take the dark variation color referred to in step 2 and now create strips of this color underneath and through the patterns you created in step 4. (see 7:06 of the video)
  7. From here, I take a watered-down mixture of the base coat and cover the areas that were just finished…allowing the areas that were just finished to show through the transparent mixture, blend areas that are still slightly wet. (see 10:38 of the video)
  8. Take the light variation paint color that was explained in step 2 and create loose light lines where the veins will go. (see 16:33)
  9. Take your mixture of white or near-white opaque paint that was explained in step 3 and now create your veins (see 18:50). No worries if your veins are too stark at this stage, you can always go over it with your watered down base coat from step 7. Use the edge of your brush and keep the lines crisp. Use your marble reference photo to study how marble veins look, and get as close as you can. Remember, the beauty of marble is in its imperfections.
  10. Take an artist’s brush, size 10 or 12 and tilt it to the side (see 22:50) to get a crisp line, accenting and defining the vein detail. Also, brighten your light color variation with true white to make this stage if the vein process a stark contrast.

Thank you for watching and if you have any questions of discoveries of your own from your own marbling project, please drop me a line.

Until next time, keep learning, observing and creating!

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