This technique is
perfect for wood furniture and accessories.
Before you begin, look at samples of real granite to help you decide
what color finish you'd like.
Oil-base or alkyd paint in burgundy, pink, green, gray, black,
white, and one color darker than, but in the same color family,
as burgundy; or, paints for other colors
Alkyd or oil glazing liquid
Containers for mixing paint
Natural sea sponges, dampened with warm water, wrung dry, then
torn into small pieces
Heavy-duty plastic wrap
Paper plates or paper towels
painter's tape (for masking off surfaces), disposable gloves
Have all of your materials ready so that you can work quickly.
Except for the base and burgundy coats, all layers of paint should
be applied to wet paint. Prepare your surface by filling any holes
and sanding it smooth; wipe clean. Mask off any areas that you don't
want painted. Then start by applying the darkest color. While
that coat dries, mix equal parts glazing liquid and paint for each
remaining paint color.
Apply the burgundy coat. While it's still wet, wad up a piece
of plastic wrap and blot it onto the paint. Some of the paint should
come off with the plastic wrap, exposing the undercoat. Keep turning
the plastic wrap as you go. When it becomes completely coated with
paint, replace it with a clean piece and keep working.
While the burgundy paint is still wet, sponge on the pink. To
do so, dip a side of the sponge into the paint and blot it on a
paper plate or paper towels to get rid of the excess paint. Lightly
press the sponge to the surface. Repeat until the surface is
covered. The paint should look uneven.
While the paint is still wet, continue sponging on colors in
this order: green or blue, gray, burgundy, white, black, and pink.
Sponge on paint more lightly as you progress through the layers. If
the colors haven't melded when you've finished, dip a small sponge
in mineral spirits and wring it dry. Dab the sponge lightly over the
entire surface. Finally, coat the surface with two or more coats of