Wood Graining Technique
Wood-graining is a technique of replicating wood grain direction and random patterns inherent in wood using paint materials and applying it on a surface to enhance its aesthetic appeal and simulate a wooden appearance and feel on a flat surface.
Wood grain finishes are popular today as people were keen on imitating hard, expensive woods, and this is due to the demand for hard wood that has been depleted these days.
Peruvian Walnut Hardwood Flooring By Fantastic Floor
The image above is an actual hardwood, I included it here so you can see the actual woodgrain
Wood -graining a door next to the mural By rikerickson
Here’s the basic steps to achieve the wood-grain effects:
Step 1: Prime the surface and apply a base coat of the desired background color using choices of light tone of yellow ochre, burnt sienna, or red oxide, leave to dry thoroughly sanding it lightly once dry in between layers.
Step 2: Select a graining paint darker than base. Apply one direction brush stroke using a gel stain on the dried surface, painting it slowly at intervals to create a wood-grain effect. Apply the glaze in the direction you wish the wood grain to go, it’s important to paint in the direction of the wood grain and keep going in one continuous motion to the other end. Paint one surface at a time with the mixture. Use two patterns interchangeably leaving some areas a little darker and some lighter this enhances the natural feel of wood.
After each stroke wipe the graining tool with an old fabric and repeat the process until you have covered the whole area.
Step 3: When the paint is completely dry, cover the surface with a coat of clear varnish or polyurethane sealer going with the direction of the grain, repeating the process and let dry. This layer will protect the finish and bring out the detail of the technique.
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