English Pine can be a simple woodgrain to create as seen in this post. It requires 3 wet layers to complete (not including basecoat or varnish steps). I have used oil many times to create this finish, but today’s water mediums (like PROCEED by GOLDEN) are perfectly fine. In this case, I used a fast dry acrylic for a small surface and the convenience of recoating quickly.
Follow these steps to complete.
Layer 2: Using a flat, pointed synthetic brush, the heart grain is sketched out.
It is important to soften your grains quickly as you go. Soften in one direction — going away from the center heart. The round badger brush works best for this.
Complete the heart grain keeping the characteristics of Pine in mind. See here, I added a spot for a knot.
Using a tooth veinette, the sidegrains are created by dragging softly. Soften.
To begin creating the knot, draw an oval shape.
Then, using the tip of your brush handle, scratch and scribble the oval in a way that is characteristic to Pine knots.
Layer 3: Overglazing
Glaze the surface with a translucent glaze. Apply with a pointed glazing brush for control.
Apply the glaze as evenly as possible. Not too greasy or too thin.
Stretch the glaze softly with the tip of a spalter. This is an important step that gives an even “canvas” for the next steps.
Using the spalter on its tip, gather the glaze towards the knot to create a butterfly effect.
Moire’s are created using the same spalter.
Finally, using a skunk brush, wipe out the glaze past the ends of the oval.
And that’s the finished English Oak sample. This technique requires some confidence in sketching the grain. Confidence comes with practice and studying how Pine looks in nature.
For a proper presentation, I’ve added some trompe l’oeil to give the illusion of a baseboard molding.