This is a 2-step, Satin wood faux bois. Even though some of the movements take practice to master, the process is very fast and it only needs 1 glaze color.
Below is a step-by-step explanation of how it was done on a baseboard sample.
Stretch the glaze with a spalter. First against the grain, then with the grain to finish. Use a very light hand so you don’t wipe off the glaze.
With this small sample, a round softener was used to stipple the glaze. This may not be realistic when graining a large space. In that case, a large or small codtail brush would stipple nicely. The goal is to stabalize the glaze while trying not to remove it.
Have a slightly damp spalter (size 100) and a slightly damp, clean sea sponge ready for the graining marks of the first step. Moire’s are made by clamping the spalter so the fingertips are aligned to control the bristles. It’s a pull, drag, release pressure motion all while zig-zagging across the grain of the wood (how-to post here). It’s important to wipe the accumulating glaze off tips of the brush with the damp sponge.
Keep the rhythm random but consistent. Work in overlapping columns to complete the entire area.
Soften gently in direction of moire, using the tips of the badger softener. Side to side and then a final pass from the bottom up (in the direction of the wood grain). Don’t over soften. Let dry.
With tooth veinette dipped in same glaze as moire, use a comb to open up the hair. Finely and gently vein in parallel columns, reloading the brush as needed (always run through a comb). Follow the movement of the moire (darker areas of the moire would warrant a bigger movement). Giggle up and down like a motor cycle riding over bumps.
It’s very important not to cross over previous veins.
Varnish as needed.