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Wood Grain Finishing Technique

Wood Grain Finishing Technique

Paint an X on the back of the panel to keep it from warping. Prime your panel with eggshell finish paint. Next coat the panel with a clear glossy acrylic mixed with some burnt umber tint and paint the background to make the wood grain color. You will have to play around with how much tint you need. Choose a background color and wood grain tint depending on what wood you are trying to match. Get the acrylic on the panel nice and even, roller marks and lines can take on a wood effect, with darker and lighter spots. The coat of acrylic allows the rocker graining tool to slide nicely.

When you are using the wood grain rocker, make sure to pull it in various ways to create multiple effects, you start with rocking and then hold off on the rocking and just do a little bit of back and forth. Each pass should be a little bit different than the previous pass (watch the video). Take the wisk broom and pull it back and forth through the grain to add organic wood effect. Let the grain dry a bit then add toner. Using the same tinted material that you used for the grainer, roll a coat over the wood texture and create a layer of darkness. Then brush it with a regular brush to hide any roller textures. You can always add another layer if you want a darker color of wood.

What is needed for the job
Supplies
  • An NDF panel
  • Eggshell Primer
  • Glossy Clear Acrylic
  • Burnt Umber Tint
Tools
  • Paint roller/pan
  • Rocker Grainer
  • Wisk Broom
  • Paint Brush
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