Is it weird that I wanted to get a new iPhone tripod so I could show you guys painting process videos? I thought it’d be neat to make a painting tutorial – so I started with showing how easy it is to paint a wood grain texture.
That’s “faux bois” if you’re fancy.
And I’ve always been obsessed with faux bois. I painted up a whole page of it for my latest Make Art that Sells assignment, and I recorded it in total silence. I thought it’d be fun to do something totally zen… Three minutes of silently watching hands painting wood grain over and over and over again will chill you out or no money back!
My biggest encouragement is don’t be scared if you’re not a painter. This painting tutorial is for beginners and seasoned creatives alike! It’s just lines.
Start with a longish mark for a “knot” in your wood, then start painting long lines on either side of it. Remember it’s nature; it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it shouldn’t be. If music makes you more comfortable, kick on the jams. For me, I’ve been finding a silent studio is super relaxing. The kids dig the radio, but when I’m in here alone I have been loving the quiet.
Try painting faux bois with a tiny little paint brush, then try it with a big fat one. Which do you prefer? I’ve got my little roster of favorite sized paintbrushes, and lately it seems like I’ve been gravitating to tiny detail paint brushes (size 0 and smaller), and then larger round brushes… I think these are just really conducive for how I like to draw with watercolors and ink.
Did you try out this painting tutorial?
If you try this painting tutorial after you watch it, I want to see your faux bois wood grain texture! Post a pic over here on my Facebook page.
Happy painting everyone!