The art of rendering marble with paint and glaze is a time honored craft dating back before the Renaissance period. The ability to recreate the look of various polished marbles today is indispinsible to home owners, architects, builders, and designers, in search of it's regal and sophisticated look. Besides the fact that many marbles are no longer available, the weight of actual marble as well as the cost sometimes makes it prohibitive as a viable option in buildings. Faux marble finishes can, when applied by an experienced artist, recreate the look of Alabaster, Cipolino, Travertine, Yellow Sienna, Limestone or any number of authentic marbles. Aesthetically it can be applied to columns, panels, arches, mantels, fireplace surrounds and furniture.
The application of marble finishes to surfaces uses a variety of faux painting techniques to authentically replicate and simulate the translucent nature of actual marble or, as is often the case, create a look of faux marble that is more loose and artistic that suggests the appearance of marble, and at times may be more applicable to larger areas.