PFI Oak Woodgraining Contest Winner

Once again, Jeremy Taylor has won our PFI oak woodgraining contest.   Pierre judges strictly on talent and it seems that Jeremy’s entry won the prize.  If you think you have a better entry, you better enter the contest next time!!  Jeremy will part with a $50 gift certificate to along with the following spotlight.   […]


Show me your best faux oak!  Replicating OAK with paint is a challenge for the decorative painter. DEADLINE:  April 30, 2014 The winner of the contest will receive $50 gift certificate from and a feature post in the PF blog.  Runner ups may also receive honorable mention on the PF blog and our social […]

PFI Medallion Contest Winner: Dee Cunningham

Congratulations Dee Cunningham! “A painting starts with a series of sketches.  To get to this point there are several hours of research, designing, discussions with the client, revisions, then final approval.  Sometimes the sketch is done in color. For this piece, we had images of stone that we selected for age, color and patina. I […]


Show me your best painted medallion!  Rendering a profiled, circular object is a great challenge and exercise for a decorative painter. I have a specific way of creating my trompe l’oeil effects (see my step-by-step post).  I have also seen many different styles and approaches that are successful. Show me how you do it! The […]

PFI Woodgrain Contest Winner: Jeremy Taylor

Congratulations Jeremy Taylor! “In this woodgrain panel, I wanted to show the darker heartgrain with the lighter sapwood. The heartgrain was painted in with a sable writing brush. First, I made the basic heartgrain shape with a two inch mottler. The colours where mainly Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Black with some Burnt Sienna added […]

March 2013- PFI Woodgrain Contest

It has been my privilege to meet so many artisans over the years.  Through my travels whether it be for contract jobs, conventions, the internet, Salon or many other venues, I have seen a vast array of craftsmens’ works and achievements.  It has been almost 24 years since my first book, Recipes for Surfaces, was […]