I love painting faux oak and the reactions I get from people when it’s done.

Most graining methods don’t teach the advanced tone layers, but I think it’s worth it because it adds so much dimension to the finished work. 

Knots can be planned ahead or added at logical spots late in the process. 

Antique Brown Oak: As oak ages, it loses its figure and what we’re left with is black check marks, heart and side grain lines. 

The techniques for painting aged Oak are both simpler and more nuanced because the grain lines are raw and not covered by a toning layer (if this sounds like gibberish, fear not, it’s all explained in my courses).