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Marbling techniques

by Unlimited Creations

Proper surface preparation is essential to achieving a high-quality finish. You may need to patch nail holes, sand a few rough spots, caulk some cracks, and scrape old paint. New surfaces and some old surfaces may need priming. Next, apply the base coat and allow the paint to dry (check the paint can's label for the recommended drying time).

Soften the Natural Sea Sponge Roller you have selected to create your faux finish by moistening it with clean water. Then dry the roller with a clean rag, leaving it slightly damp. A roller that is too wet will cause your effect to drip.

Dip the roller into your glaze mixture. Then roll it back and forth on the rough part of the paint tray to make sure that there is not too much glaze in the roller. It is important to apply just a light amount of glaze to the surface.

Using a very light touch, apply the glaze in continental shapes or drifts. Take care to not make it look like stripes. Immediately use the Red Flock Honey Comb Roller to soften the effect. Soften the first coat in both directions and push a little harder on the roller to give the illusion of depth. Always wipe your flock rollers with a paper rag after each use so that glaze will not build up on the roller and be redeposited onto the surface.

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Next apply a little darker glaze over the first color (follow your pattern or drifts) and use the china bristle brush to soften very lightly across the vein or drift in one direction. If you get scratch marks, brush both directions up and down with the direction of the vein or drift. Be sure to use a light touch and only let the bottom of the brush touch the wall. Try to not bend your wrist.

To enhance the veins, apply the color you have selected with a light touch, using the edge or tip of the roller to make veins along the drifts previously applied. Remember to work in a diagonal direction as you create drifts and veins. Immediately after making the veins, soften them with the red flock roller followed by the china bristle brush, as described above.

Follow it up with the thin veining brush to make very thin veins in the marble. Because these thin veins will dry quickly, do not make very many of them before softening. The application of multiple layers will increase the illusion of depth and make your "marble" appear realistic.

For best results, use a light base with dark glaze. To get a feel for the marble, get a piece of real marble and follow the veining in it. Remember, practice makes perfect. To make your project appear more like a polished marble, coat with a layer of high-gloss polyacrylic or polyacrylic clear finish.




We believe these marbling techniques will be helpful as you plan and create your own unique decorative finishes. As always, we recommend that you carefully read and follow all the instructions provided by the manufacturer(s) of the products you select.

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