Color palette for the decorative painter

Here is the color palette for the decorative painter that we use at GIDP to create most of our finishes.  Based on my experience in business and teaching, I’ve found these colors to be essential for creating most finishes (with an emphasis on faux marble and woodgraining).  See previous posts on our job site kits. […]

Burl wood graining

Here is a quick step-by-step for burl wood graining. For a small sample like this one, I used a slow-dry glaze mixed with the same amount of matte medium.  With a domed glazing brush, I glaze on a mixture of  vandyke brown, burnt umber, and transparent iron oxide (killer color from Proceed by Golden).  Glaze […]

Mother Glaze

A “Mother Glaze” is an essential ingredient when creating faux marble, woodgraining, certain organic textures, and any other technique that involves the expressive use colors.   I’ve coined this pot of glaze as a “Mother” because it is the base for all offspring colors. For example, when creating the major veins of a marble, I create […]

IDAL 2014 Fort Worth, TX

I’m back from a successful trip to this year’s IDAL 2014 trade show and event in Fort Worth, TX.   We were celebrating IDAL’s 30th year as a non-profit organization for decorative painters. I taught 3 classes: 1-day hands-on Faux Marble for baseboards, 1-day hands-on Woodgraining for baseboards, half day demonstration on preparation, protection, and touch-ups […]

Faux Crotch Mahogany FFWD

This featured video is of faux crotch mahogany done on a door. Many of our jobs require us to match doors and millwork to existing wood in a residence. As seen in my last post Faux Marble Baseboard to Match a Mantel, matching an existing substrate is a common task, and a great way to […]

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 […]

The Painter’s Palette

How the painter’s palette is organized can make a difference in efficiency for the decorative painter. Use a consistent arrangement to organize the colors on your palette:  Place the white in the upper left-hand corner, then align warm colors in a row to its right, and cool colors in a column below it.  Keep a […]