Marbling and Splatter Painting

LSIrish-2016Marbleizing with Oils over Acrylics
Acrylic Paint Splattering
Painting Acrylics with Plastics

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 –
titanium white
Wedgewood blue
Nutmeg brown
Carbon black
Artist oil paints –
cobalt blue
hooker’s green
carbon black
titanium white

several palette paper plates
mixing bowls for the oil paint
linseed oil
latex gloves
lots of paper towels

old toothbrush
deep disposable container
ice cold water
1″ x 1″ x 4″ basswood block
220-grit sandpaper
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.



SECRET –  Using multiple colors in your primer steps, allowing each to create random brush strokes across your project, add to the final look of this painting technique.





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