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How to Paint Marble Columns -A Primer

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How to Paint Marble Columns

Ok. Ok. I know I am pushing the limits of blog posting here but I wanted you to know that in addition to the dining room, there are also a couple of columns I am adding a fantasy marbling technique to.

   I thought I would post a couple of pictures to see if guys have some interest in learning How to Paint Marble Columns

What I’ll be showing to you can be a cost effective way to “do something” with those columns  if you are faced with this scenario.

No one likes “boring columns

One of the most important aspects of marbling techniques is to be able to both identify and understand marble structure. Consider in your mind that  if you don’t understand the subject then how can you expect to capture the realism through  faux work?

There are two basic styles of painted marble.  One is the Italian style and the other is French.

Both are different marbling techniques but what you need to know that one is not easier than the other to paint. I will go more into the details and nuances of each on a later blog but this gives you all a little incentive to do some research in the meantime.  For now we are going to talk about the fantasy marbling technique which is really an American way of executing a marble finish that basically insults the European purist artists to put it bluntly.  So with that being said,  here’s a couple of photos of the ones I will be finishing up this week.

As you can see this is the start of the structure of the veining which gets more refined as the project progresses.

The first step is to bring in the drifts with a quick glazing to create a sense of movement and form which I show you in detail during

the instructional DVD. This step is really is a quick and simple process if you do it abstractly, without trying to make it look like anything. One of the main mistakes most make because of thinking with the right side of their brain.

The two pictures below are showing a bit further along in the process where the veining is much stronger. This is achieved by changing your color value. Please remember this is only a one color fantasy marble where you are just using some of the basics when executing this marbling technique.

Changing color value is critical. I have always liked using this system to keep in touch with my marbling techniques and it actually improves my ability to render the finer and rare marbles which are far more complex and intricate.

There are many finer points and details to understand about the nature of  marble just as there is about wood graining, murals,  and the other various forms of decorative painting. The key is to master one and practice them all as often as you can to keep adding to your marbling techniques.

Replicating nature is where decorative art obtained its roots and therefore certain rules must always be observed, otherwise you will end up with something that looks like a “barber’s pole”  which I have seen so much of starting in the early parts of 2000 when the housing industry was starting to lean towards the “flipping craze.”  Not only were the ones executing the finishes  educated enough in the decorative arts, but the ones who were flipping the properties for profit didn’t care. They were focused on the increase of  “return” rather than the quality and splendor of art form itself  so it didn’t matter what it looked like, as long as it could be stated that the house has “Faux Finishing” to increase the homes value.  I often regret using the word “Faux” in my business name because it is such a contradicting word when it is associated with the common words like “painting” and “artist.”

To the well educated I probably look like a buffoon when you look at the phrase in English and realize it means “false painter” or “fake artist.” It also doesn’t help your case when you are trying to reach out and convince these  high profile / high end clients that can actually afford to allow you to really showcase your talent, knowledge and artistic mastery…

What do you guys want to know about marbling? Do you think I should do a start to finish video? Does anyone have any

marbling stories to share?

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12 thoughts on “How to Paint Marble Columns -A Primer”

    • Hi Bobby, Yes and no lol, I do have DVD’s that I sell but I am currently upgrading my blog/site to be more user friendly. You can see what I have on my “Previews” page and if your still interested just shoot me an email and I’ll send you the details. As of now I am running through PayPal or by check.
      Thanks for asking,

  1. I have four columns I’d love to paint like this, two inside, two outisde. I’m not an artist, but I can roller paint four walls. Can you give me a place to start…have you completed your instructional video’s yet? Thanks!

    • Hi Jerry,
      I have a video on marbling on my “How to Faux previews” page. Just scroll down to the marbling video and it will show you a preview to the DVD. If you are just starting to learn about marbling then this should help you as it deals with a fantasy marble and is focused on veining and color value to create depth by using one color and 3 values of the color. I recorded this on location and did a lot of voice over to explain the process. Hope this helps

    • Hi Julie
      Yes I have instructional DVD’s available on a few finishises and will be making more in the future. I am in the process of setting up a video store page but you can go to the “home” page and on the upper right you will see the link to what I have available Thanks for the interest and be sure to sign up for my newsletter for updates or my RSS Feed

    • Hi Herb
      Glad to see you here…Yes, The product line I used for this particular technique, can also be used on exterior surfaces. A matter of fact I have used this line on overhead garage doors and they still look like the day I did them 5 or 6 years ago, I just added a coat of UV clear for added protection.
      I try to give as much information as I can on my DVD’s and blog.

  2. You have this way of making this sound easy at first but then I quickly realize it’s real subtle and complex and you are artist so it’s really only “easy for you.” LOL maybe because as you said I’m thinking with the “wrong” side of my brain.

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