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Marbling 1: Introductory Marbling Courses


I teach one day intensive hands on  marbling courses in London:


This course is suitable for students who have completed my introductory paint finishes course  and wish to further their skills to include marbling techniques.


Students will learn how to paint two types of marble effects,  

Carrara marble, a marble with grey veining and a white base and Egyptian marble, a stunning dark green marble on a black base.


Students will do 4 sample boards: 2 boards of subtle marbling and 2 boards with more patterning and veining to imitate  the variations which are true to the natural stone.


We will study natural Marble, discuss surface preparation, which base colours to use, how to mix glazes, use of the different marbling tools, and of course the invaluable tricks of the trade.


You'll be delighted and surprised by the beautiful effects you will achieve in such a short time.

Background information

The first known use of faux finish marbling technique dates back to the Mycenaean period. The  Mycenaeans were an ancient Aegean civilisation who over four thousand years ago used marbling to decorate their pottery.


Two thousand years later we can see examples of marbling in Pompeii, usually as a border to frame murals.


Marbling became popular in Europe during the renaissance period, although real stone was available, it was fashionable to imitate the real thing. In France the master craftsmen's aim was to get the Faux Finish as near as possible to the real stone, in Italy the look was slightly more arty and freestyle.


Marbling also became popular with architects as a substitute for real marble when load bearing walls and beams made from Marble would have provided inadequate  support. 15th and 16th century examples like St Peter's in Rome and the Sistine chapel in the Vatican are fine examples of this.


A great exponent of marbling in England was Thomas Kershaw, a faux finisher in the 1800's and widely considered to be the greatest Woodgrainer and Marbler of all time.


Examples of his work can be seen at the Bolton Museum, Telford college in Edinburgh and the V&A museum in London.


In 18th century Scandinavia decorative finishes such as marbling, Murals, Trompe-l'œil and Stencilling  took off in a big way. The style was more naive and the marbling rarely resembled the real stone but it was highly decorative.


The class is taught by Joanne Poulton, a professional specialist decorator with over twenty years site experience.

Marbling Courses in London

One day intensive hands on  Marbling Courses in London.

Course times: 9-4:30

Price: £150 + 20% VAT

Learn Carrara Marble and Egyptian Marble Faux finishes.

All materials, tools, gloves & refreshments supplied. There will be 4 different large sampleboards to take home, perfect for showing to potential clients.

This course is suitable for people interested in the Decorative arts, Decorative professionals/Decorators or people who are interested in changing their careers.

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