In this workshop we will cover the basic tools and processes used in decorating and finishing bare wood.
In this workshop we will cover the basic tools and processes used in decorating and finishing bare wood, from knowing which woods do well with which processes, to sanding and preparing your surfaces, to dying or painting them and adding details, to final topcoat choices.
Designed for students new to wood, as well as those looking to add new techniques to their practice, this class will focus on guidelines to help each student experiment and develop their own unique methods beyond the classroom, while introducing them to a wide range of possible options. I will go more in depth into some of my own personal favorite materials, such as milk paint, gesso, acrylic washes, inks, drawing pens and lacquer.
In week one we will cover surface prep and principles of wood, painting vs stains and dyes, vs chemical colorations like ebonizing and liming. We’ll talk about safety considerations, which applications are more or less durable, and how to sand or buff between coats to achieve surfaces that feel as good as they look.
In week two we will cover the details – adding drawings, woodburning, carvings or other embellishments to the surfaces. I will go over which clear coats work best for various surfaces, when spraying is appropriate, vs brushing or a wipe-on, and again discuss safety with all of them. I will share my favorite artists, books, and resources for techniques and inspiration and answer questions students might have.