In today’s tutorial, I, that is Doe, will present how to marble effect. To do this I used 4 colors: Morrow White from P3, Brich from Scalecolor (can be replaced by Bonewhite from Vallejo), Dark Brown Leather from Andrea (can be replaced by Heavy Sienna from Vallejo) and Flat Black from Andrea. I use also two inks: brown and black from Andrea (the best inks EVER!). At the end I paint all with Gloss Varnish to get the polish effect.
- The first basic thing is to prepare the surface. Bear created texture of marble floor on plate of dental plaster, and pime on white color. Thanks to the bright primer marble effect is much better on the end.
- I start painting from the application the base color, in this case it is Brich Scalecolor.
- The next step is to apply the booth inks. I impose them profusely and incompletely :). We do this so that on the floor have formed spots and stains, which in the end will give us a great effect. I first put inks highly diluted with water, so as to even „flood” the entire floor. Then (before the previous layer is dry – the idea is to mix all alyers and united whole color) already a smaller brush, I add only the ink spots – the brown and brown mixed with black in different proportions. At the end Doe using the dryer – as it turns out, not only to the hair!!! During the drying I try ditribute spots with dry air, so as to form stains on the whole surface.
- And now ATTENTION! Doe uses a technique by many underestimated and derided – namely DRYBRUSH. My motto? No matter what, it’s important that the end result was satisfactory and that is exactly the case. If you never have used this technique (because you did not want to be ridiculed by other great readbeard painters ;)), prepare a large (eg. no. 8) brush with a stiff nylon bristles. Put on the white paint on the palette (important – if you use normal wet palette, now repress paint on another dry palette). We soaked brush tip into paint and wipe in painting rag, so that on tip is really minimum of paint. Then wipe brush with chaotic movements across the floor – people with a arranged nature, does not enduring a bit of unpredictability, can make circular movements as when brushing your teeth :).
- Now is the time for the next dose of the inks. It is also a time when I give up with the artistic momentum and try to already progressively and thoughtfully apply spots. Earlier stages already created on my floor stains in various places, and now I try to use them, highlight, give the first lines. I use a brush size 2, with soft bristles – the best is Kolinsky sable brush (i.e. from W&N series 7). I put brown ink mixed with black (in different proportions), dilute with water (level of dilution must be regulated during the painting, for me it’s about 50% / 50% – but these proportions may change if the desired effect is not correct – I want to get what you can see in the photo above).
- In addition to imposing spots I also begin to enter the first lines (characteristic veins that can be observed in marble)
- Again I drybrush surface with white paint to strengthen the contrast.
8,9. Now with a thin brush (0) I add white lines and here and there triturated white spots.
10, 11, 12. I make the same lines with brownand darkbrown. I add new lines but also strengthens the edges of existing spots.
13. At the end I unify the whole floor covering all quite dilluted (approximately ⅓ – ⅔ of water – you must test and establish your own ratio) mixture of inks (with majority of brown).
14. Once all the layers are dried – I cover the whole floor gloss varnish – to give the characteristic marble shine.