Marble Paint Technique

Marble Paint Technique

Marble Paint Technique.  Marbled paint effects are time-consuming and complicated to apply. However, careful consideration of the chosen surface, a suitable piece of marble, or picture, that can be used as reference, attention to detail and sympathetic use of color in the rest of the room can transform any area in an attractive fashion.

Bathrooms and shower areas :

Bathrooms and shower areas will benefit from a marble makeover, but be selective and don’t overdo this effect. Smaller wall areas, bath panels, shower sides and other places where tiles might be found are all suitable targets for experimentation. If you attempt to recreate the ultimate Roman bathing room, however, you may find the overall scheme a little intimidating.


To begin, find a piece of marble to copy. A tile for instance, in the appropriate colors, makes an excellent starting point. If you intend to marble a bathroom wall first ensure it is completely flat and that is in prime condition.

Make good any defects, and coat the wall with oil-based eggshell. Now brush on a contrasting glaze, using equal portions of scumble and turpentine mixed with the artist’s oil color that matches your scheme. Put on a thin coat, then add more or a different artist’s color to the glaze. Apply this to selected parts of the wall, creating random areas of different color strengths. Blend these areas together by dabbing lightly with a soft cloth or natural sponge, or by stippling the surface. This removes the glaze, creating lighter tones in parts.

To create the marble veins in contrasting color glazes, use a small artist’s brush and vary the width, sharpness and direction of the veins across the wall. Complete the wall by adding more oil glaze to some of the veins, stipple more color onto selected areas and lighten others until you are happy with the result. Leave your wall to dry completely, then apply at least two coats of clear oil-based varnish in satin or gloss depending on whether you prefer a polished appearance or not.

Alternatives :

As an alternative to an overall varnished finish, if you find a panelled pattern that suits the room, it is relatively simple to transfer the design to your finished marble effect wall using masking tape to define the panel shapes. Adding different color tints to the satin or gloss varnish will alter or enhance the colors of panels making up a geometric shape. Several coats of tinted varnishes can be applied to the same areas, building up the depth of the design. Allow your geometric panel design to dry and finish as before with two coats of clear varnish. As an alternative to gloss, satin coat can be polished to achieve a sheened finish.


Building up a depth of finish, using several layers of varnish to give a coach finish on top of the color-tinted glazes and varnishes, protecting the geometric patterns created, is a technique not confined to marbling. Any wail finish can be over varnished.The wall must be in good condition.

  • Prime the surface, roller on a flat color of your choice and allow it to dry. Divide your wall into geometric areas, stripes or hoops of horizontal stripes, or be more adventurous with squares or different sizes of interconnecting rectangles. Brush on clear gloss varnish over the shapes you want to define.
  • Use one coat for some, and two or three for others so that you build up a pattern of definition. Special paint finishes can work we” if they are accentuated in this way.
  • You could try using a metallic paint, such as copper, but remember to stir the paint throughout the operation. Varnish on top adds either a slight sheen or a spectacular mirror effect, depending on the number of coats you apply.


  • Oil based eggshell paint.
  • Turpentine and scumble glaze with oil color.
  • Color glazes.
  • Brushes.
  • Cloth.
  • artist’s brush.
  • Clear oil based varnish.

Step of Technique:

  • STEP ONE : Begin by painting the wall with an oil-based eggshell paint and allow it to dry.
  • STEP TWO : Working on a  manageable area at a time, brush on the colored  turpentine and scumble glaze.
  • STEP THREE : After adding a third color, dab a cloth into the glaze to blend the colors together.
  • STEP FOUR  : Paint in the veins with a small brush. Vary their thickness and direction as in real marble.
  • STEP FIVE : Add more glaze until you are happy with the the result. When dry, add a clear varnish.

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