Faux Marble In Black and White

by THAT Painter Lady

white-and-black-faux-marbleWith the exception of the background color and the reversing of the color used in the veining – Black marble with white veining and white marble with black and gray veins are so much alike that the same description will do for each of them.

They are veined marbles, and many specimens show fissures which for the sake of naturalness and variety may be imitated but very sparingly, as really it is a defect.

This one of the most common marbles, and the painter has frequent occasions to imitate it, but it rarely requires much skill to distinguish between the stone and the imitation.

It is generally supposed to be a very easy matter to imitate white veined marble, but it requires some thoughtful training to do it well.

faux marble softening brushHeritage™ Paint Brush – 1-1/2″ Heritage Badger

The background for this marble is a pure white or black. While the color is wet, form the veins with a feather, and use a softener to blend the veins in with the background.

A few white blotches and main white coarse veins are left. When dry the pure white veins must be touched in order to bring them out.

For the black-veined variety the white background is gone over here and there,but not too much of it, with a touch of black which must be vigorously worked into the white to produce a few blotches of light, faint gray (not prominent at all).

The veining is gray of a trifle darker tone and as a contrast to the white of the ground.

marble veining feathersMarble Veining Feathers

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Jenn @ the Front Porch March 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I didn’t know you could replicate marble with paint! What a great idea! Do I understand this correctly, while the background paint is wet, you paint the black marble using a feather? What do you use for the softner?

THAT Painter Lady March 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Hey Jenn…

You can paint the veins in any time really. Background can be wet or dry. If the back ground is dry… I like to put on some clear water or glaze just to give the feather some “slide”. And the feather really makes a difference. You can use feathers that are stiff… but I prefer a feather that has some give to it. It takes a bit of practice but it works really well.

I often use a “badger softener” type brush for blending. But it’s more expensive that a regular old $1 chip brush from the big box stores. Just use a very – very light hand.

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