Today I am sharing with you a super easy & quick project to try with your friends or to update an old coffee table! I first tried this easy DIY marble effect painting technique on the cardboard G you see in the cover photo. If you like the marble look, you’ll get the itch to paint everything marble!
I’ll be breaking down this marble effect painting method into three super easy & simple steps. I would LOVE to see how yours turns out! tag me on Instagram with your finished product! @BlissfulDreamLiving
*(This would be a fun personalized gift idea! Either paint your friends first initial or the first letter of a couples last name for a wedding gift.)
What You’ll Need:
- White, Black & Gray Acrylic paint
- Canvas, Cardboard Letter (other clean surface)
- Feather or Fine Paint Brush
- (If painting on a surface such as a coffee table you’ll need a clear coat spray or paint.)
Once you have chosen the surface whether it’s a cardboard letter, a canvas, acrylic paper or other surface, we are ready to start stamping! With a soft damp (not wet) textured sponge, dip into the gray paint & stamp off any excess (I used a news paper to sample before painting my canvas).
After getting any excess paint off the sponge, start stamping the canvas or other surface in random natural curved lines to make base of the “Veins”. You want them to be wide & mostly light in color, that is why stamping off the extra paint is important.
Have fun with it! Don’t worry about doing it “wrong” marble is perfectly imperfect. Start off with a few random lines, sometimes less is more. If you are nervous practice on white scratch paper.
Now that we have the base of the vein lines, go back to the gray paint & mix in some white to make a lighter gray. Dip the sponge in, stamp off excess paint, then go back over the lines we just made in the lighter less colored areas to blend them out & make them wider.
This last step is my favorite! It is also the most crucial step in making the canvas look more like a slab of marble with beautiful defined veins running through. When I painted my cardboard G I used a feather for this step: which I high recommend! It’s more fun & the feather gives a more dainty realistic look to the veining. I couldn’t find a feather this time so I used a super fine paint brush which worked fairly decently.
Start by dipping the feather or brush into black paint, getting rid of any excess, then while gently holding the brush or feather let it glide trough the middle of each of the faux vein lines one by one. Make sure to not make perfectly straight black lines. Again, have fun with it! 🙂
Once you are done & are satisfied with your finished product you can go back & sponge the edges to make your DIY marble veins look seamless.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog & are inspired to do a little craft project! It is wedding season & I think anyone would love a personalized handcrafted piece to display in their home. Have a wonderful week, friends!
If you use this marble effect painting method anywhere in your home or as a craft project snap a picture & hashtag it #BlissfulDreamLiving or #BlissfulDreamLivingBlog. I would love to see how yours turns out & how you use this method!