Paint effects and wood graining beginner workshop



From colourwash & dragging to the ancient art of faux wood graining, our paint effects and wood graining workshop will teach you the basics of these popular finishes.

This workshop is designed and structured for people of all abilities to learn a basic understanding of decorative paint techniques, e.g. colourwash & dragging and the ancient art of faux wood graining. You will be introduced to, and shown how to master the use of the paints & glazes used to create these popular finishes. This is a great introductory course to develop your basic skills and familiarity with the tools and techniques, and is a pre-requisite to our advanced courses.

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 some of the more popular decorative paint effects, including, ragging, dragging, colourwash and blending. After a short break for lunch, you will then shown how to create professional looking faux wood graining effects, and then shown the correct use of varnishes and sealers to protect your work.

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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The workshop will start at 10.0am and we aim to finish around 4.00pm. All students are asked to bring an apron or wear suitable clothing. There is a maximum of 5 and a minimum of 3 student per workshop. Groups up to a maximum of 6 students.

Sample boards will be available for you to practice on.

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

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.


Simon Nobs at South Coast Studio

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123 Seabrook Road
CT21 5RB

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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