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Simple English Pine Woodgrain – A How To

English Pine can be one of the simpler woodgrains to create.   Typically, woodgrain finishes are completed in a 3-layer process; 1- background, 2- graining, 3- overglazing.  The finish in this post is similar to these typical layers because it requires 3 wet layers.  This can be created in oil or water mediums but is demonstrated in water-based.  Pierre Finkelstein, of Pierre Finkelstein Institue of Decorative Painting, shows you how he creates this finish below.

HOW TO CREATE THIS FINISH

Use our step-by-step instruction below

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Here is a list of the tools & supplies you will need to achieve this technique.  Supplies available at fauxbrushes.com are linked below and listed at the bottom of the page.

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PROPER PREPARATION

STEP 1 – PROPER PREPARATION: Use proper preparation methods to prepare your surface for Step 2.

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BACKGROUND LAYER - CREATE PORES

STEP 2 – BACKGROUND LAYER – CREATE PORES: Using Glazing Medium mixed with slow drying Acrylic Colors, glaze a light coat over the degreased basecoat with a Glazing Brush.   Stretch the glaze with a Spalter Brush.  Use a Flogger Brush to flog the surface which will create subtle, pore-like marks.   Let the background layer dry.

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VEINING LAYER - ADD THE HEART GRAIN

STEP 3 – GRAINING LAYER – ADD THE HEARTGRAIN:  After drying, now it’s time to start the graining layer.  Use a long filbert Striping Brush to sketch out the heart grain.

 Use a soft-hair Softener Brush to soften in one direction — going away from the center heart.  It is important to soften your grains quickly as you go.

Complete the heart grain keeping the characteristics of pine in mind.  Add negative space to prepare for the painting of  knots.

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GRAINING LAYER - ADD SIDE GRAINS & KNOTS

STEP 4 – GRAINING LAYER – ADD SIDE GRAINS & KNOTS: Next, add to the graining layer by painting side grains and knots.  To add a side grain, use a Tooth Veinette Brush, and drag softly.  Finish by softening with a Softener Brush.

To begin creating the knot, paint an oval shape.

Then, using the tip of your brush handle, scratch and scribble the oval in a way that is characteristic to pine knots.

Let the graining layer dry.

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OVERGLAZING - BUTTERFLIES & MOIRES

STEP 5 – OVERGLAZING BUTTERFLIES & MOIRES: On the final layer, glaze the surface with a translucent / sheer glaze.  Apply with a Pointed Glazing Brush for control.

Apply the glaze as evenly as possible.  Not too greasy or too thin.

Stretch the glaze softly with the tip of a Spalter Brush.  This is an important step that gives an even “canvas” for the next steps.

To create butterlies, use the Spalter Brush.  Using the tip, gather the glaze towards the knot to create a butterfly effect.

Add moire’s using the same Spalter Brush.

Soften immediately with a Softener Brush.

Finally, using a Skunk Brush, wipe out the overglaze past the ends of the oval.  Let the overglazing layer dry.

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PROTECT & FINISH

STEP 6 – PROTECT & FINISH:  Apply Varnish in the desired sheen to protect the finish.

COMPLETED FINISH

And that’s the finished English Pine sample.  This technique requires some confidence in sketching the grain.  Confidence comes with practice and studying how pine is formed in nature.

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