Oak Wood Graining Tools

Here are the oak wood graining tools and brushes needed for most faux oak projects. Brushes: Domed glazing brush (size 2 or 4) Pointed glazing brush (size 0 or 2) Spalter (s 100) Tooth Spalter (size 40 and 80) Stiff detail brush (medium to small size) Badger brush (square or round) Water varnishing brushes (oval […]

Oak wood

Oak is a common species of wood that is replicated using faux bois techniques. With over 300 species of oak worldwide, oak can be found in most climates.  At one time, oak was the most prevalent species and also one of the longest-lived species in European forests, often enduring for many centuries. Oak’s extreme hardness, […]

Trompe l’oeil on faux oak elevator door

Oh what a difference trompe l’oeil makes!  In NYC, it is building code that all elevator doors are made of metal.  Many of our clients have a private elevator entrance in their apartments.   This is a great opportunity for us to woodgrain and add trompe l’oeil paneling. Here is the basecoated metal door.   This post […]

Squirrel and Badger 2-header brushes

The squirrel 2-header is the original woodgrainer’s tool for mostly straight graining, best used with oil mediums. Replace the squirrel with water badger hair to get a slightly stiffer brush for today’s heavier water mediums. Both deliver the most realistic rendering in woodgraining by making a new print every time. Many brushes can be used […]