Satin wood faux bois

finished wood faux bois

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.

The base coat is a light straw in a Satin water bas coat (this sample has a satin oil base coat- either is fine)
Lightly sand w/ 320 grit and dust.

Mix a glaze of a low-viscosity, fast-drying medium (like this).  Tint with yellow ochre, raw umber, and trio (transp red iron oxide).
Apply glaze completely with a glazing brush.

brush on glaze

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.

stretch 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.

soften glaze

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.

moire with spalter

Keep the rhythm random but consistent.  Work in overlapping columns to complete the entire area.

moire with spalter

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.

soften moire

soften moire

When dry, the tooth veinette is used to create the main grains.  These pictures are not so great, but look at our video for how the brush is used.

apply grain marks

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.

finish grains
Soften purposefully in one direction across the grains at a 70 degree angle to create a slight edge.  Let dry.

soften the veins

Varnish as needed.

finished wood



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