Marbling courses in London
Course Date: 1st and 2nd September 2023

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PRICE: £350 + VAT = £420
Portoro, a black and gold marble, Malachite, a beautiful green semi precious stone, Onyx & Granite with silver and gold highlights.
All materials, tools, gloves and refreshments will be supplied. There will be sample boards to take home, perfect for showing to potential clients.
This course is suitable for people interested in the Decorative arts, Decorative professionals/Decorators or beginners. Course location is in Chiswick, west London


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


Students will learn marbling techniques such as Carrara marble, Egyptian green marble, and Sienna marble.

Students will have 3 sample boards to take home.

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.


Students are advised to complete marbling 1 prior to enrolling in this class.

In this class you are taught the following effects:
1. Portoro, black and gold marble, this is a beautiful marble with a very specific technique, once you have mastered this technique it is a marble worth replicating as it is quite rare and stunning.
2. Malachite , this is an amazing green semi precious stone, again requiring a very special technique which is easy to pick up using a tool which you will be very surprised about, it is very enjoyable and fun to experiment with.
3. Onyx, you will mix your own colour palette and use the techniques you learned for malachite and other faux marbling tricks .
4. Granite with silver and gold highlights
Students will have 4 sample boards to take home.

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

Faux marbling or marbleizing is the preparation and finishing of a surface to replicate the look of real polished marble

The first known use of faux finish marbling techniques 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, even though real stone was available, it became 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.

Please see my Marbling examples in my gallery

You can learn more about marbling here: Faux Marbling and Marbleizing

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

Enrolled: brak


Price : £350 + VAT = £420

Course Times: 9AM-4:30PM
Level: All Levels

Where we are:

Jo Poulton Studios
66 Thames Road
W4 3RE