Marble comes in a variety colors in just one piece and each of those colors are random in placement – there can be swirls, spots, blotches, stripes, and streaks. No two areas of a piece of marble are the same.
In wood painting marbleizing is a very messy, sloppy, but really great fun technique. Before you try this style of coloring please get a good set of latex gloves and lots of paper towels!
Acrylic craft paints –
Artist oil paints –
several palette paper plates
mixing bowls for the oil paint
lots of paper towels
deep disposable container
ice cold water
1″ x 1″ x 4″ basswood block
ball-head straight pin
Step 1: Carve your Whittle Fish body from a 1″ x 1″ x 4″ basswood block using a bench knife. Sand well using 220-grit sandpaper for a very smooth finish. Wipe the sanding dust from the wood using a soft, clean cloth.
Step 2: Pre-treat the Whittle Fish by burnishing it with a wooden spoon or scrap block of poplar or pine to a bright sheen. Firmly insert a ball-head straight pin in the tail of the body for easy handling.
Step 3: Primer coat the body using a multi-colored base coating of titanium white, Wedgewood blue, and nutmeg brown. Note in the photo that the burnished surface allows the smoothest application of your base coat colors that you can get. Set the fish aside to dry well – one half hour or nuke it in two 15 second sessions allowing it to cool between nukings.