Verd Antique Green Faux Marble
This marble is probably just a variation of the Egyptian green marble, which it closely resembles in all its colorings.
It contains more veining’s than the other, although it shows clumps of conglomerate very much the same in formation as the Egyptian marble.
You can vary from the directions given below to include as much veining as is necessary to create the faux green marble you want to achieve.
The background should be made from Prussian blue and yellow ochre to make a brownish green, then dab some of each of the separate colors blue and yellow where the blotches are desired. Then connect them by veining to form the character of the marble with a feather and blend with a soft badger brush.
Touching up afterwards with fresh applications of color – which should show prominently, but be careful not to overdo this, as but little of the full tone of the yellow should show or it will make it look unnatural.
Egyptian Verde Antique Faux Marble
The Egyptian Verde Antique is a variety of that may be distinguished by its more blotchy character.
The old fashioned mode of preparing this marble is probably the best. Take a soft water color brush and dip the ends of this brush into a suitable blue color, and flog the work.
Then, with the feather form the diversity of character, using a thinner color so as to obtain a greater depth or transparency.
The veins are next introduced with a pencil, in a touchy style, so as to produce the effect. No instruction can be given which will enable the painter to imitate the character of the several marbles; it is only by observation and practice that the art can be acquired.
The Egyptian green chiefly differs from the verde antique in the introduction of the black masses of color, which may be seen in the specimen. The ground is generally an invisible green, made of black and yellow.
When the background is dry, lay over nearly the entire surface with a suitable green, varying the character, which may easily be done, with a feather.
When this is dry, cut up the work with black, so as to obtain the verde marble character.
The white masses are then thrown in and touched with the pencil so as to have on one side a sharp edge, and on the other one that is softened, to represent masses which are only partly exposed.
When stones are cut and polished, they are frequently so transparent that we seem to look beneath the surface, and crystallized masses may be observed distinct from the substance which forms the matrix. These crystalline bodies may present their sides, or may be cut angularly, thus giving a singular variety of form and great transparency to the mass.
To imitate this, the inexperienced will at first find some difficulty, and probably make abortive attempts, but success will follow perseverance.
Marble Veining Feathers