This workshop is designed and structured for students with experience in decorative paint techniques to gain a more in-depth understanding of the ancient art of faux wood graining. We ask that only students who have attended our beginners course, or have experience in paint effect techniques attend this workshop. If you are unsure whether you have enough experience please contact us.

Over the course of the day, you will become comfortable and proficient in using the paints and glazes used to master these skills. You will introduced to traditional oil and modern acrylic scumble glazes and colourants, used extensively by professionals around the world, and shown their correct use and applications in a variety of situations.

Workshops will be run by Simon Nobs, Director of Snobs Interiors Ltd., with over 30 years experience working as a specialist interior decorator and designer. The workshop will start with an overview of the day and a brief history of the paint effect over tea and coffee.

Before starting on the practice boards Simon will give a detailed explanation of the correct use of primers and basecoats to be applied to a variety of surfaces and you will then prepare and basecoat the sample boards. Whilst the boards are drying, Simon will give a demonstration of some of the techniques you will be introduced to. You will then be guided through the different stages used to create professional looking faux wood graining effects in a number of styles and then shown the correct use and application of varnishes and sealants used to protect and enhance your work.

The Art & Craft of Faux Wood Graining Advanced
Advanced workshop, experienced students only (see below)

There are no dates currently scheduled for this workshop, please register your interest and we will let you know when the next workshop is organised.


The workshop will start at 9.30 am and we aim to finish around 3.30 pm. All students are asked to bring an apron or wear suitable clothing.

There is a maximum of 5 students and a minimum of 3 students per workshop.


The atmosphere will be relaxed and informal and there will be plenty a time throughout the day to ask Simon questions and advice on anything to do with painting, decorating and design projects.


Sample boards and other small items of furniture will be available for you to practice on.

You will also be provided with brushes, and all the paints, tools and equipment and finishes you might need throughout the day, along with full instruction on their correct use and maintenance.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available throughout the day. Unfortunately we will not be able to cater for any special dietary requirements or allergies, so you are asked to please bring a packed lunch.