Wood Grain How To Books: Great Artists, Bad Directions

There are many great wood grain how to books…

Kershaw faux elm Wood Grain How To Books
“American Cotton Wood” Brilliantly painted by Master Thomas Kershaw. Sadly, Kershaw never wrote a wood grain how to book

from all over the world. The problem is that most of them aren’t very effective home learning tools.

Because wood grain how to books are often written in French or Italian and then translated into English, a lot of crucial detail tends to get lost.

There are some older books in English created by masters from the golden age of decoration (late 1800’s), but they’re rare, out of print and refer to materials (paint, varnish…) that are no longer produced and are now known to be toxic.

Also, the photo’s that accompany these lessons tend to be too small, are often glared or otherwise poorly shot and fail to show crucial details of the process.

So while the paint examples in these books might be world class, painted by top-notch artists, the books leave much to be desired and often lead to frustration.

One of my goals in creating Perfect Wood Grain, was to make sure every PRINCIPLE (as well as technique) can be easily duplicated by anyone reading it.

By learning the principles of my system you’ll be able to duplicate any wood you choose, not just the examples I provide.

To learn how to SEE better as an artist.

Thanks for reading and happy graining.



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6 Responses

  1. Wooddude12
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    I have 3 painting books that teach wood graining and I’ve never been able to paint anything like this because the directions suck. I always figured they were holding back some crucial details. Hopefully your book will be different.

    • Norman
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      Hey, Dave
      Some books do seem like they’re holding info back. I think it’s mostly just that it’s difficult to really get wood graining “how to” info across in a book that only has a small section devoted to it. This is one of the main reasons I decided to write this guide.

  2. nick
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    I like what you say but I dont seem to be able to download your book. Is the book for sale ?
    I am a woodgrainer already, and I am always open to new or different info. on woodgraining.

    • Norman
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      Hey Nick thanks for getting in touch.

      I see you entered your email in my form so you’ll get an update when the courses are ready for download. I’ve got some exciting stuff coming up including discounts, new woods, a great free eBook and more. I’ll be in touch.


  3. Win Thomas
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    Hello norman
    Liked your imfo on Kershaw
    His work was almost out of this world
    I think Decorators in that Era
    Perfected all crafts
    William Morris- amazing approach to wallpaper & arts and crafts
    Have you noticed that all faux oak graining looks like each other OR
    It really does look like faux woodgrain
    Anyway if you enjoy it like l do and get paid to simulate materials
    Its a top way to make a living
    Winston Thomas

    • Norman
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      Hey Winston
      Thanks for commenting.
      Agreed that faux it either looks alike or not.
      I wish I had more info on Kershaw. If you have resources on him, please forward to me.
      Yes, Morris and others from that era produced at such high standards. I’m a big fan of Mastery.
      Keep in touch.


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