Marble a wall

Exceptional and effective walls are in fashion. This includes the marbleing of a wall. What you need to marble a wall and how you proceed can be found in the following guide.

Various techniques for marbling a wall

There are numerous effects on how a wall can be designed. One of the most beautiful but also the most difficult techniques is the marbleing of a wall. You can do this with a variety of techniques, some of which are nothing but glazing techniques for the wall:

  • Marbling by spatula with effect spatula
  • Marbling with sponge (stucco, glaze technique)
  • Marbling with wound, wrinkled cloth (rolls, glaze technique)

Marble wall using effect putty

Marbling a wall with effect spatula might be the biggest challenge. The effect can be very real. However, this requires a lot of practice. If you've never marbled using compound putty, in most cases it will be very difficult to achieve the actual effect you want.

To do this you need a putty in a desired color, for example gray or cream, and then the actual effect putty. Both are available as a set. Small areas are filled and then diagonally smoothed.

Then let the stains dry and sand smooth with 200 grit sandpaper. Then the blanks (about as many as existing fillet marks) are filled in the same technique, but overlapping with the already existing blots. Again, let the spatula dry and then grind it.

Now the effect spatula is applied as well. This can overlap several times and you can approximately (never exactly please) over-fill already filled areas renewed. Then the color effect becomes more intense. In between, allow the filler to dry again and then sand.

Finally, the metal spatula is cleaned and pulled criss-cross over the wall and pushed. This acts like a kind of polishing or peeling. This creates a traversing effect, which looks very similar to the structure of marble.

Marble wall with glaze techniques

Using glaze techniques, you can create an effect that is also quite similar to a marble structure. You can roll a rag (also leather) wrinkled. Then it is easily dabbed in the paint and rolled. With every new step more color pigments are added. Of course you can also experiment with different colors.

Also very similar to marbling is an effect achieved with a sponge (natural sponge). The sponge is dabbed or spotted, but you can also wipe it.

Tips & Tricks

Already at the beginning we linked a guidebook for glazing walls. There as the preparation of the glaze described in more detail.

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