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The Art & Craft of Marbling

Next Class:- Saturday June 29th 2014



This workshop is designed and structured for people with little or no experience, to gain a greater understanding of the ancient art of faux marbling, and the use of the tools and materials used in creating decorative paint techniques. During the course of the day, you will become proficient and comfortable using the paints and glazes used to master these much sort after and prized skills. You will be instructed in the use of acrylic scumble glazes and colourants, used extensively in conservation and restoration projects around the world.

Workshops are run by Simon Nobs, Director of Snobs Interiors Ltd., with over 35 years experience working as a paint effects artist, specialist interior decorator and designer. The workshop will start with a quick overview and a brief history of the paint effect over tea and coffee.

Before starting on the practice boards Simon will give a detailed explanation of the correct use of primers and basecoats to be applied to a variety of surfaces and you will then prepare and basecoat your board. Whilst the boards are drying, Simon will give a demonstration of some of the techniques you will be introduced to. You will then be guided through the different stages used to create a professional looking faux marble decorative paint effect, and then shown the correct use of varnishes and sealers used to protect and enhance your work.


The workshop will start at 09.30 am and we aim to finish around 4.00 pm. All students are asked to bring an apron or wear suitable clothing.

There is a minimum of 2 students to allow the workshop to run, and a maximum of 5.

There will be plenty of time throughout the day to ask Simon questions and advice on anything to do with painting, decorating and design projects.


Sample boards, along with other small pieces of furniture will be available for you to practice on. 


You will also be provided with brushes, tools and equipment and all the paints and finishes you might need throughout the day, along with full instruction on their correct use and maintenance.


Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available throughout the day. Unfortunately we will not be able to cater for any special dietary requirements or allergies, so you are asked to please bring a packed lunch.

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