The Marble finish represents the finest decorative application that can be achieved. In the 18th century, the artist guilds throughout Europe studied and simulated the wide varieties of quarried stone for the purpose of interior design.
Today, faux marble has been recognized as the most creative style to master. It is one of the most fascinating decorative forms to learn and apply.
Here are some recommended fundamental skills and tools of the trade to use for marbleizing.
- Ability to perceive depth in three dimensions.
- Sensitive flexible touch.
- Sense of applying realism to a simulated form.
- Ability to combine random transparent textures.
- Ability to apply a variety of finishes using a variety of application methods.
- Badger Hair blending brush, 3 or 4 inch 7. Sea sponges, small and larg
- Bright brush, # 7 or # 8 8. Goose feather
- Chiqueteur brush (special/optional) 9. Cheesecloth
- Filbert brush, #1 and #2 10. Newspaper
- Flat brush, #10 or #12 11. Tack rags (2+)
- Spalter brush, 3 or 4 inch
THE METHOD OF MARBLEIZING
Marbleizing simply means a “simulation of marble.” And, it is done by replicating the same elements of composition, which are found inside the actual Marble itself.
You see it with your eyes, visualize it and reproduce it on the surface you have selected.
THE GENERAL STEPS TO ACHIEVE YOUR MARBLEIZED FINISH:
- The surface needs to be smooth and blemish free. Sand and patch accordingly – #120, then #220.
- Apply a suitable primer, using a low nap roller cover. When dry, sand surface smooth.
- Apply a basecoat, which has the appropriate background color of the genuine Marble.
- Sand the surface smooth with #320, then #400 sandpaper.
- Apply the first glaze color with a sponge, creating a wide criss-cross pattern. Blend into the surrounding basecoat, leaving random darkened areas.
- Apply the second glaze color with a sponge, overlapping the first application. Blend randomly. Leave some areas more heavily textured and other areas less textured.
- Mix the glaze color for the veins. Use a Sable Liner brush to create veins in random vertical and irregular horizontal configuration. Blend edges of veins randomly.
- Mix a dark color glaze. Use a small and stiff Flat brush – eg. #8 or #10 – to finely splatter the surface in random locations.
- Apply a clear coat varnish or polyurethane to the surface, using a Spalter brush or a low nap roller. When dry, sand the surface with #400 sandpaper.
- Tack rag, and reapply a finish coat.
Note: The steps and tools to be used vary, depending on the type of Marble that you are trying to simulate.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- Glazes can be applied using either latex or oil based products.
- Keep tools and brushes clean.
- Always maintain a flexible approach and view when applying a decorative finish.
- Sand surfaces between each coat, when an ultra smooth surface is desired.
- Mask and cover all areas not to be finished.
SKILLS TIP: When in doubt about your skills, test them. Make up several sample boards.
DECORATING TIP: Think creatively, and perceptively.
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