Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Opacity with Marble Dust

 I was investigating what happens to acrylic paint when you add marble dust. I have used it cold wax and oil media, as well as printmaking inks, to stiffen the consistency of the material. So what happens if you work it into acrylic paint?

Looks like we've found a way to make transparent acrylics opaque without adding white, which changes their value. 

From right: quinacridone magenta, manganese blue hue, Indian yellow hue, and quinacridone gold, each in their straight-up form and with marble dust added.

This is what I got from Blick.

At the top, the magenta and blue are opacified quinacridone magenta and manganese blue hue
At top on the left you see Indian yellow hue straight out of the bottle; to the right you see it with marble dust added.


  1. Really cool discovery. You're the best ever adventurer! Joyce

  2. Very useful information. Thank you for sharing this tip!

  3. it looks like it is a matte finish which is really nice

  4. Thanks for the tip! Years ago I used marble dust mixed with interior paints to make chalk paint for furniture. Hope I didn’t throw it out! Will dig around for it and give it a try :)

  5. I have a very successful artist friend who only uses marble dust in her paintings and mixes it in all her paints.. she does exquisite work. Thanks for sharing Jane!💕

  6. Thank you for the info. Can’t wait to try an application.


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