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Marble & Granite

Marble & GraniteAbaroth has created a splendid tutorial on how to create marble and granite stone effects with paint. These look terrific when used for columns, statues and other applications where a decorative stone would be used.

We are grateful to Abaroth for giving us permission to present this information on TerraGenesis and recommend that you check out his own website. In particular, be sure not to miss the Fountain of Galadriel on Abaroth's World's Water Page which makes splendid use of the marble effect described below.

Black Marble

Marble & Granite

  1. Begin with a black base coat and stipple on dark grey using a stiff bristle brush, and the same amount of paint as for drybrushing.

  2. Stipple mid grey over this using less paint. Try not to cover all the black.

  3. Stipple light grey using even less paint. If the result is too even or light, stipple black on top.

  4. Using a fine sable brush and light grey paint, add some veins. First using very watery paint create an uneven stripe.

  5. Highlight this with a very fine line, whilst wobbling your hand a little. Apply gloss varnish to finish.

White Marble

Marble & Granite

  1. Begin with a white base coat and stipple on light grey using a stiff bristle brush, and the same amount of paint as for drybrushing.

  2. Stipple mid grey over this using less paint. Try not to cover all the white.

  3. Stipple dark grey using even less paint. If the result is too even or dark, stipple white on top.

  4. Using a fine sable brush and dark grey paint, add some veins. First using very watery paint create an uneven stripe.

  5. Highlight this with a very fine line, whilst wobbling your hand a little. Apply gloss varnish to finish.

Red Marble

Marble & Granite

  1. Begin with a black base coat and stipple on burgundy using a stiff bristle brush. Try to cover most of the black, just leaving a few darker patches.

  2. Stipple burnt sienna over this using less paint. Try to leave some of the darker areas.

  3. Stipple a mix of burnt sienna & terracotta using even less paint.

If the result is too even or light, stipple burgundy on top.

  1. Using a fine sable brush and white paint, add some veins. First using very watery paint create some uneven, jagged stripes.

  2. Highlight this with a very fine line, whilst wobbling your hand a little. Apply gloss varnish to finish.

Honey Marble

Marble & Granite

  1. Begin with a white base coat and add some uneven washes of a milky coffee colour. Keep the paint very thin - you just want to slightly stain the piece.

  2. Stipple some of the same colour over the piece.

  3. Using the same colour, add some veins. The stippling should suggest some divisions between darker and lighter areas - just accentuate some of them.

  4. Changing to a burnt sienna or chestnut brown colour and a fine brush, add a few more veins, and "highlight" some of the existing ones.

  5. Add a very thin wash of the second colour to one or two areas. Finish with gloss varnish for a polished appearance.

Green Granite

Marble & Granite

  1. Cut a piece of nylon pan scourer to about 1/2" x 2" to use for the stippling the paint. This gives a rougher texture than using a bristle brush.

  2. After base coating the piece in black, stipple on a light grey, twisting the scourer in different directions as you apply the paint. A piece of card will help you decide when there is the right amount of paint of the scourer.

  3. Stipple a mid grey over this - it doesn't matter if the first coat is dry.

  4. Mix a 50% Emerald Green to 50% light grey colour, and stipple this on next.

  5. Mix a 50% Forest Green to 50% mid grey colour, and apply this coat. Add a coat of gloss varnish, if you want your granite to look brightly polished.

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