Creating Faux Woodgrain – “Woodgrain” Challenge

Today Crew Member Natassa Blazaki teach us how to create faux woodgrain using products from Canvas Corp Brands. A knowledge good to have when participating in our April Challenge Woodgrain.


When working with new materials, I want to challenge myself and try to use them in the most unconventional way. That’s how I came up with the idea of trying to create old and worn out wood surface by using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and Glimmer Glaze that are usually used to give a shiny look to a project. The challenge’s theme inspired me so much, so I decided to make two different looks, a weathered wood and a barn wood. In the video I demonstrate the process on a couple of tags cut out of cardboard. However, I used the same techniques to make an art journal spread and a junk journal pocket page. I really hope you enjoy the video and give it a try. I’m sure you’re going to love it!


process video:


Products from Canvas Corp Brands:

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist “Key Lime Pie”
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist “Coral Reef”
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist “Gold”
Tattered Angels Simple Sheer “Pure Steel”
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze “Sangria”
Tattered Angels Color Wash Paint “Patina-Faux Finish”
7gypsies Architextures Junque Pack – Cabin
7gypsies Architextures Junque Pack – Warehouse
7gypsies Architextures Stash Paque – Create
7gypsies Ordre Du Jour – 12×12 Seize the Day Paper


step 1


For the Weathered Wood effect: Apply a coat of white gesso and while still wet, make a few splashes with Tattered Angels Simply Sheer “Pure Steel”. Drag the splashes with a fan brush.  Make a dark brown color with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists “Key Lime Pie” and “Coral Reef”. Add a bit of Tattered Angels Simply Sheer “Pure Steel”. With a plastic spatula, or an old credit card, “carve” some wood planks. With a fine tip brush and the dark brown color go over some spots to accent them.




step 2


When the surface is completely dry, you can give it a wash with Tattered Angels Color Wash Paint, as if you stained real wood. It really adds more interest. You can choose your favorite embellishments for your weathered wood surface. Here, I used star stickers from 7Gypsies Architextures Junque Pack – Cabin. For the Barn Wood effect:On a pre gessoed surface, sprinkle some PaperArtsy Infusions powder “Rusty Car” and spritz with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist “Gold”. Drag with a dry flat brush to create some woodgrain.




step 3


Once you have heat set the previous layer, use a stencil with woodgrain design and spritz through it with Tattered Angels Simply Sheer “Pure Steel”. Drag the wet color with a dry fan brush to create a more dramatic woodgrain effect. After stenciling, go over the surface with some drops of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze “Sangria”. Drag with a dry brush to create some wood-like texture.



Decorate your barn wood surface with your favorite embellishments or do some letter stenciling with white gesso.



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'Creating Faux Woodgrain – “Woodgrain” Challenge' have 3 comments

  1. April 20, 2018 @ 5:49 pm Julia Cotrim

    OMG! What a wonderful job! Amazing! TFS!


  2. April 21, 2018 @ 2:33 pm Lynne Joncas

    Wow-what a great video this is, Natassa! I especially appreciate that you included closed-captioning; I have a hearing problem and often don;t enjoy videos because I have trouble hearing the instructions. This is one technique I think I’ll actually try! Thanks for sharing your creativity!


  3. April 21, 2018 @ 7:07 pm Janie Rinta

    Fabulous and creative technique!!! Thank you so much for sharing it 🙂 Hugs…Janie


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