Learn how to create this exciting Venetian Ochre marble treatment.

In Italy, the word marble is synonymous with Carrara, after the great marble quarrying region in the north of the country. Through centuries marble has enhanced interiors world wide. I’ve chosen this painted white marble because of its rustic simplicity. Yet it illustrates the foundation for creating a variety of marble types, your imagination being your only limitation.

Acrylic Glaze Method

220 grit sandpaper

Mini Roller

Antique White Base Color - Latex Eggshell Sheen paint

2 @ 2.5 quart bucket

Artist Acrylic Paints

  • Raw Umber
  • Van Dyke Brown
  • Yellow Ochre

Artist Brushes

  • ½ inch Royal Flat
  • No. 3 Round
  • 3" Chip brush

Paper Palette

Water based Varnish

Disposable gloves

Drop Cloths

Furniture glazing

Discover the techniques to antique the base of the furniture seen here. This technique antique striee effect is perfectly suited for kitchen cabinets and bath vanities!


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"Poetry is superior to painting in the presentation of words, and painting is superior to poetry in the presentation of facts"

Leonardo da Vinci  1452-1519





Gilding Feature!

Silver leafing made easy.
Transform everyday objects into heirlooms. The process known as gilding simply means the application of gold or silver leaf to a surface that has been properly prepared with an adhesive known as 'gold size'.
Learn it!...


Color palette


Artist Acrylic paints:

  • Raw Umber
  • Raw Sienna
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Red
  • White

Faux Delft tiles!

The loose, un-even quality of this faux technique makes painted Delft tiles an ideal decorative effect for the beginner or inexperienced do-it-yourselfer.

Irregular lines and loose hand painted renderings add character and old world charm, easily achieved without any prior painting experience.



Carrara Marble Finish
For use on furniture, objects, and in fine arts techniques

Rating 2.5 -moderate

Creating the impression of real marble in your home can quickly elevate the presence of any furniture or object. It adds interest and charm and transforms everyday objects into heirlooms.

Step 1. Base Preparation

I begin by sanding the surface with 220 grit sandpaper to insure a smooth surface. A white base color is ideal for this type of painted marble, allowing the veining process to create the interest and character of the faux marble.

On smaller surfaces, like the top of this side board, I like to use a mini roller, which generally provides a smoother application than a brushed finish.

Refer to artSparx basic furniture preparation resource for tips and techniques on preparing yur surface for painting.

Step 2: Apply the appropriate eggshell finish base color. A latex off white paint, such as White Dove , will work well. 
Allow to fully dry (8 hrs).

Looking at real marble for inspiration can help tremendously. Look closely at the direction of the veins and how they cross, weave and intertwine together.

Step 3: Start to develop the first phase by loading the ½ inch Royal flat brush with a diluted mixture of Raw Umber and Van Dyke Brown, creating a blackish tone. I choose a direction I want the marble to flow in, usually at a slight angle from right to left, or vise versa.

painted marble effects

Starting at the top of the surface I bring the paint across the working area while twisting the brush head slightly. This will create a thick and thin irregular line. 'Rolling' the brush with your fingers as you paint creates swirls and odd character lines that help boost the natural marble like impression.

Step 4: As I lay my ground pattern I begin to cross and connect the veining pattern. Work in squiggly motions, leaving large open areas of the base coat showing through.

Step 5: Now I’ll add a secondary tone, painted in wider swatches to create interest and add character to the otherwise white marble. Brushing color over surface, I paint larger areas in some places, while making sure I apply the color in a wash, allowing the colors from underneath to show through.

Step 6: Next I lightly soften the pattern, blending the colors with a dry brush. A light touch is required, gently brushing over the newly applied color while still wet. Brush in the direction of the marble being creating.

Subduing the marble surface creates an aged feeling while 'pushing' the colors back to a more muted tonality.

Step 7: Using a damp rag, I wet the marbled surface with water. This helps the glaze to remain fluid and extends drying time. I use some of the base color, mixed with water to create a white wash the consistency of cream. Brush the white glaze liberally over the marbled surface.

Step 8: Rubbing over the glazed surface with a rag softens the color. You can also blot or dab the surface to create a slight variation of texture.

Step 9: Finally I’ll add some additional veining by mixing Raw Umber and White together. I use a No. 3 Round brush highlighting a few existing veins within the marbled surface, and occasionally deviating to create a new, errant vein.

Step 10: To protect the surface, a water-based varnish may be applied after marbled surfaces have dried completely (4 hrs). A satin or semi-gloss sheen is best suited for this type of treatment.

The veining process can be fun and exciting. You can add as many layers as you want.

Step 11: Clean

Step 12:  Dispose of remaining rags, brushes and paints properly.

More marbeling effects! Learn how to create this exciting ochre marble treatment.

     Create the antique striee cabinet glaze finish shown above - now!


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