Decorative Techniques: step-by-step


Create this antique marble effect on any furniture.


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Gilding Kits

Includes all the tools and materials to apply imitation gold leaf. Set contains one 4 oz. bottle of Gilding Size, natural hair brush, cotton and mixing sticks, wet/dry paper and book of leaf. Water-based. Each book contains 25 leaves.
Each leaf is 5.5" x 5.5" square. Approx coverage is 5.25 sq. ft.


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Silver leafing made easy.
Transform everyday objects into heirlooms. The process known as gilding simply means the application of gold or silver leaf to a surface that has been properly prepared with an adhesive known as 'gold size'.
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Basic Antiquing Techniques 
For use on furniture, objects, and in fine arts techniques

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You can use this basic antiquing effect to subdue most painted surfaces, creating an lovely aged appearance.

Step 1: Using Raw Umber, mix with Latex Glazing liquid or Floetrol.

Step 2: Use a damp rag and wet the working surface with water (in this instance, we are antiquing over a painted ochre marble treatment). This helps your glaze to move around and extends drying time. Brush the antique glaze you created loosely over marbled surface, then rub with a rag to soften the color. You can also blot or dab the surface to create a slight variation of texture.

On large surfaces work quickly and in segments. Apply color to one area, soften and blot with a clean rag, then continue on over surface.


Applying a protective varnish coat

Step 3: To protect the surface, a water-based varnish, such as latex varnish , may be applied after marbled surfaces have dried completely (4 hrs). A satin or semi-gloss sheen is best suited for this type of treatment.

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We started with a piece of furniture, found at the Salvation Army. It possesses a nice shape, but was in pretty poor condition. We decided on a light antique striee glaze on the cabinet and a strong, robust ochre marble for the top.

Step 1: Begin the first phase by applying broad, loose swatches of ochre color. 

Step 2:  Add some cream tones, and connect these open areas by dragging paint from one area to another. 

Step 3:  Now you can add your white veins. This process spiders webs across the entire surface and helps reinforce the 'depth' of the marble.

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