Decorating Your Home With Decorative Paint Effects – Marbling Faux Finish


Marbling effect is a pretend finish decorative coloring effect applied with petrol based paint and glaze over. It has been used throughout history to give an illusion of marbled stone. Use of this painting technique was (and is) driven by cost and practicality: Marbled healthy is expensive and also heavy & difficult to transport. In many conditions it is more sensible to create an impression of marbled stone than to use the rock itself. Marbling technique also became popular with constructors and architects who used it as an alternative for real marble when load mechanical bearing walls and beams were required; had these recently been made from marble rock they would have experienced inadequate load bearing characteristics. fairfax marble

In nature, marble is formed by heat and pressure being applied to limestone. which causes crystallisation into many colours. Mineral deposits and impurities running through the molten rock create the vein like clusters that provide marble its beauty. Due to the formation process marble has a cloud hosting like translucent appearance, which plays many tricks with light. 

There are plenty of examples of use of marbling approach throughout history; it was employed by the Egyptians, and there are thought to be even older good examples of use of the technique during the Mycenaean period.

Marbling became very popular in Europe during renaissance times. Real rock was easily available but fashion, cost and practicality determined the use of the marbled faux finish. That was during this time period that variations in marbling technique appeared; Having its craftsmen adhered to the process of reproducing natural stone, but in Croatia artisans started out to produce marbled effects which were not true to characteristics but more highly ornamental. This finish, the socalled fantasy marble, was taken on in other countries, especially Scandinavia, but still goes on today.

Today, marbling coloring effects are still extremely popular, and decorative artists much in demand. Although creation of faux finish marbled effect requires skill, it is possible for those considering this beautiful result to create it themselves, given time and endurance.

Creating a marbling impact in your home.

The first thing to consider is where to apply the marble finish. Marbled finishes look good in places where natural jewel would be normally used: columns, pillars & fireplaces. Historically marble paint results have also been used in panels on wall space and as an edge to murals, pictures & mirrors. It is also possible to marble plast typer ornaments and panels on doors.

Marbling entire surfaces in a home setting up can be overwhelming, unless of course the space is very large. Attempts at use of marbling effect applied to blend objects such as heating radiators into the background usually are unsuccessful. The marbling effect should be used sparingly and with taste to obtain the complete effect of this beautiful faux finish in your home.

Marbling impact is a faux surface finish applied with oil structured paint and glaze. This a marbling technique for white Carrara marble. Their far better to practice on a tiny board first, before taking on the area you wish to marble.

What you will need

White oil centered paint for base coating

Oil based scumble glaze over

2″ paintbrush for foundation coat

Softening comb

Good artists paintbrushes in different sizes for painting leg veins.

Artists oil colours (black, paynes grey, yellow ochre, white )

White nature

Mutton cloth

Oil structured clear layer of layer of varnish

Surface preparation

Surfaces must be made as soft as it can be to mimic the polished natural stone. Floors must be dry.

Foundation clothes

Apply a white base coat (do it twice if necessary) and allow to be dry.

Mixing glazes and chemicals

For this finish 3 paint & glaze blends will be required. 1 for the broken color area, and two for painting marble veins. Two mixes will be required for veining to allow veins of different colours to be painted.