Today we have a beautiful Faux Marbled Chess Board Designed
by Myléne Hillam.
This would be a wonderful gift idea for anyone on your list!
paints: Warm White, Nimbus Grey, Black
· Two 11”
square wooden boards
plastic drop sheet (polyethylene)
Before beginning, put on
your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace
with the painter’s drop sheet.
Cover both the boards
with the drop sheet plastic and stretch it taut across the surface. Tape it on
Create the black marble: Follow the package instructions to mix up 8oz EnviroTex Lite.
Pour 2oz of mixed
resin into each of two cups. Color one cup Warm White and the other Nimbus Grey,
using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly
until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough black paint to
make it opaque.
Place the wooden board
on inverted cups making sure it is balanced. Pour the black resin across the
surface and spread it out to the edges.
Pour the white resin in
a thin stream across the black resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin.
Use a paintbrush to
swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become
muddied. Hold the board vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into
each other and run off the edge. Turn the board in another direction to create
some more movement. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the
surface. Set the board aside to cure.
To create the white marble: Mix 8oz EnviroTex Lite and pour 1oz of mixed
resin into one cup and 2oz into another. Color the first cup with black paint
and the second with gray, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and
stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with
only enough white paint to make it opaque.
Pour the white
resin across the surface of the second board and spread it out to the edges.
Pour the gray resin
across the white resin in a thin stream. Use the stir stick to drizzle thin
lines of black paint across the surface.
Swirl the colors
lightly with the paintbrush.
Drizzle more white
resin across the surface with the stir stick.
Pop any bubbles with
the torch and set the resin aside to cure. Once cured, remove both the black
and white marble sheets from the plastic.
Use the foam brush to
paint all surfaces of one of the square wooden boards with black paint. Allow
it to dry several hours before continuing. Mask the underside edges with
Score each of the marble
sheets down the center with the knife. To cut the resin apart, fold it along
the score line and it should easily pull apart. If not, score it a little
deeper. Cut one half of each
marble sheet into 4 equal strips and then cut these strips into squares. You
should have 32 black and 32 white squares. Lay out the pieces on the painted
board in a checkerboard pattern and check for fit. Remove the squares to your workspace,
keeping them in the same order.
Mix up 4 oz of
EnviroTex Lite. Pour it across the painted board and pop any bubbles. Working
quickly, reposition the squares on the board. Push them into the resin,
allowing the resin to ooze over the tiles. Spread the resin across the surface evenly
and pop any bubbles. Keep checking on the board over the next two hours and
realign any squares, which might move. If the chessboard surface is uneven, mix
up another 4 oz of EnviroTex Lite; pour it across the surface and pop any
Labels: Envirotex Lite, home dec, Mylene Hillam