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    Question asked 2019-05-11 21:28:28 ... Most recent comment 2019-05-13 10:47:19
    Oil Paint

    Before using a marble stone as a studio palette ( 16 x 22 inches), I wanted to check with you for any special preparatory treatments that may be required for the marble surface prior to oil painting.

    I believe the marble top is older (resale store bargain purchase)  and possibly one made from a combination of marble powder and stones.

    Your suggestions and ideas are always helpful.


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    Sounds to me like that will serve nicely as a palette for oil painting, particularly for making paint (if a little short on the narrow dimension). ‚ÄčIf the slab is Composite Marble, an engineered stone material, it will be less absorbent than natural stone. Natural marble will take up some paint and medium, and become less "thirsty" through use. If it's too absorbent, rub in a small amount of linseed oil. You will find that the stone will take up a stain over time, which should serve nicely as a warm neutral background for color mixtures. 

    Marble slabs were universally used in print shops for mixing inks. Years ago, when I was in college, a professor found one abandoned in the alley behind his studio after a nearby basement had been cleared out. We students were all very jealous, and telling the tale now makes me feel a slight pang of envy.

    Matthew Kinsey, Utrecht Art Supplies
    2019-05-12 10:21:01
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    Hi Matthew,


    Thank you for your suggestion and insight.



    2019-05-13 10:47:19

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