Rouge Royal Faux Marble created by Pierre Finkelstein

Rouge Royal Faux Marble created by Pierre Finkelstein

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Paints used are from the Proceed Paint line:



Raw Umber

Red Ochre

Yellow Ochre

Step 1: Basecoat is light grey with a glaze(proceed low viscosity) with
white raw umber, ultra blue, black to get a warm grey using the chiqueter I apply several layers of grey modifying the tonality with my palette,
black, white and a mixed glaze that I use. Working in red and giving little twists here and there giving a little texture.

Step 2: More of the same adding darker and darker values. Medium color adding black or raw umber for variation.


Step 3:With the handle of a synthetic spalter I am drawing in the wet
glaze the twister shape forms characterizing the rouge royale. I do this
to establish certain shapes to visualize them on the background.


Step 4: Using the synthetic spalter I double load it with white and black on the tips I start following the interiors of those twister shapes that I drew previously.

Step 5: Adding more twisters following the outline varying the intensity
and size.

Step 6: Still adding more using darker values.


Step 7: With a round badger I blend everything lightly to get a mother
edge. Lightly smoothing out the background.

Step 8: This is the first step. While it is wet I am going to cheat a little
with a two header loaded with a mix tonality composed of, red ochre, yellow ochre and black and white. I create a brick tonality and start cutting in around my twisters giving it a very twisted shape.


Step 9: This shows me really working on the cutting of the twisters. You can see the palette is loaded with the medium tones. I modify using
yellow and red ochre. As I get around the board I change the color.

Step 10: Using the chiqueter I fill up the rest of the board away from the

Step 11: This is what the panel looks like when the step is completed with the red.


Step 12: Further detailing with a sable pointed two header. Light smoothing with badger here and there.

Step 13:
While still wet with a fine pointed marble brush I add thin dark veins(dark umber, black, red ochre) I start detailing certain sides of the
twister and a network fine dark thin vein multi-directional.
Smooth lightly the veins with badger.

Step 14: This shows going over the entire board with a transparent
off white chiqueter (white, proceed glaze, red ochre yellow ochre)


Step 15: Opened chiqueter over the entire area.

Step 16: Here I smooth out the panel with a badger. Let panel dry completely Give light sanding. Now we start the fissures using white with a little red ochre and yellow ochre making sure it is fairly opaque using flat veining brush and marbling brushes.

Step 17: Strong very broken brush like veins are added being very
dynamic and very spontaneous creating my main vein.


Step 18: Adding finer more transparent fissures connecting the twisters working in multi direction in a dynamic lighting bolt like veins. (not worm like or round)

Step 19: Showing more veining

Step 20:
Smoothing out with a badger. You can see now the finished panel


I have taped my sample on the pilaster to show the client what this
would look like on a pilaster.

rouge royale-finished sample taped to pilaster

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Also here are some finished panels for you to look at:


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  1. Diane Nelson says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your gift!

  2. most images are missing, any chance you could check your website?

  3. It’s a long way but the result is beautiful! Till now I started with different shades of red, next time I’ll follow your steps!

  4. I will now add rouge royal to my line of marbles thanks to pierre

  5. Greg Murry says:

    I look forward to your helpful hints and step by step tutorials. They are really great! Please add me to “the brush tip.” Very inspirational as well.

  6. Linda Petron says:

    Do you or do you plan to do any classes in Florida?? Do you have any instructions to do faux teak wood?? I have seen it done over fiberglass on boats and it is spectacular!! Please advise!! Thanks!

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