For use on furniture, objects, and
in fine arts techniques
Rating 2.5 -moderate
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: Remove
all nails and repair any damaged or chipped areas. Prime as needed. Refer to
the artSparx basic furniture preparation resource for tips and techniques….
2: Apply the appropriate eggshell finish base color.
A latex off white paint, such as
, will work well.
Allow to fully dry (8
at real marble for inspiration can help
tremendously. Look closely at the direction of the veins
and how they cross and weave together.
3: Begin the first phase by applying broad,
loose swatches of color.
Ben Moore latex ochre
is a nice, rich ochre color. Choose a direction you
want the marble to flow in, usually at a slight
angle from right to left, or vise versa.
Work in squiggly motions, leaving large
open areas of the base coat showing through.
Now add some cream tones, working into the white
areas created from the previous process. Begin to
connect these open areas by dragging paint from
one area to another. You can lightly soften
(blending the colors) with a dry brush. Use a
light touch and gently brush over the 2 colors
while still wet. Brush in the direction of
the marble you are creating.
|Adding veins to your marble
The veining process can be fun and
exciting. You can add as many layers as you
Mixing Raw Umber, Raw Sienna and white, we
create our first veins. First start in the
direction you have created for your marble.
Occasionally break off and connect one vein to
another by moving in an opposite angle.
applying different amounts of pressure on your
brush you can create thick and thin lines
randomly. 'Rolling' the brush with your
fingers as you paint creates swirls and odd
character lines that help boost the marble like
Step 6: Once
finished with this color, begin again with a
secondary vein color. Mix Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna
and white together. Brush color over
surface, painting larger areas if you wish, but
make sure you apply the color in a wash,
allowing the colors from underneath to show
Now be dramatic. Add veins of bolder color. Keep
this process simple, adding color in certain
areas only. Mix Burnt Sienna and a little red
together, this time don't add any white.
You should now have an overall
appearance similar to the picture below. It may
look a bit messy, but at this stage that's OK.
Now you can add your white
veins. This process spiders webs across the
entire surface and helps reinforce the 'depth'
of the marble.
Step 8: Work
freely. Connect veins to each other, sometimes
following lines that were created in earlier
processes, sometimes deviating in sharp,
dramatic directions. Vary the pressure on your
brush to create thick and thin lines.
|Antiquing the marble surface
Now let's subdue the marble surface,
creating an aged feeling while 'pushing' the
colors back to a more muted tonality.
9: Using Raw Umber, mix with Floetrol or
latex glazing liquid.
10: Use a damp rag and wet the marbled
surface with water. 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
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
protect the surface, a water-based varnish, such as
be applied after marbled surfaces have dried completely (4 hrs). A satin or
semi-gloss sheen is best suited for this type
up with warm, soapy water.
13: Dispose of remaining
rags, brushes and paints properly.
Your completed piece!
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