Paint Effects
Course Date: 26th and 27th May 2023

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PRICE: £350 + VAT = £420
This is where it all starts! An essential course to attend before doing more advanced techniques. On this day you will learn to mix up your own water based glazes in your choice of colours, mixing and matching colours is vital for the decorative artist to master.
We will be practising 6 different paint effects that are regularly used for broken colour work on walls and furniture. These include:
– Drag effects
– Color Washing
– Lime Washing
– Mottling
– Frottage
– Sponge & Fabric effects

This class is essential for beginners or professionals wanting to practice or brush up on their skills.

On the second day of training you will be shown popular techniques for distressing furniture as well as three more faux finishes:
-Sky Painting
– Stone Blocking
– Silk Finish
All materials, tools, gloves and refreshments will be supplied. There will be a variety of sample boards to take home, perfect for showing to potential clients.
Read on for more details about this two day course.


I teach introductory one day intensive hands on Paint effects courses in London. Students will learn the basic techniues of broken colour effects, preparation of walls/furniture, how to mix glazes & how to protect the painted surface.

Six different effects will be studied and practiced: Dragging, Stippling, Colour washing , Frottage & Mottling techniques.

These paint effects can be used on their own, suitable for any surface, walls, furniture etc but the skills learned are also used in more complex finishes i.e. marbling, wood graining, trompe l’oeil, silk finish and Mural painting. This course therefore forms the basis for my paint finishes 2 course & is a prerequisite for that course.

This course is suitable for people with no prior knowledge of paint effects.



Decorative paint effects, broken colour effects, faux finishes or specialist paint finishes are all terms used to describe the art of decorative paint finishes.

The earliest decorative painters lived in prehistoric times, they painted the walls of their caves with simple outlines. Then by 3000 B.C. skilled artisans in Egypt, India and the Orient began using painted finishes, among the techniques they mastered were marbling, gilding, woodgraining and Mural painting.

The Greeks and Romans built upon these traditions and used trompe l’oeil decorative painting extensively, examples can be seen in the ruins of Pompeii. The decorative arts flourished during the renaissance period, artists throughout Europe began developing new formulas and colours, and they kept their secrets closely guarded. The decorative artists perfected techniques such as marbling, woodgraining, frescoe, trompe l’oeil and gilding, offering their services to the rich. The Palace of Versailles near Paris is a classic example.

Early American artisans who usually had little training embraced the art of stencilling where it served as an inexpensive alternative to wallpaper, they also handpainted and stencilled on painted furniture.

Today, with so many people interested in having a beautiful home, use of decorative paint effects continues to thrive although finishes are slightly more sophisticated than the over the top ragrolling of the 1980’s.

You can learn more about decorative paint effects here: The art of decorative paint effects

The class is taught by Jo Poulton, a professional specialist decorator with over twenty years experience.

Learn Dragging, Stippling, Colour washing , Frottage & Mottling techniques.
All materials, tools, gloves and refreshments will be supplied. There will be a number of sampleboards to take home, perfect for showing to potential clients.
This course is suitable for decorative professionals, professional decorators, or Beginners
Course location is in Chiswick, west London


In this faux painting course Students will learn silk effect, using the drag effect learned in the introductory course but with an additional formula, with this and the tricks of the trade we will produce faux finishes which really do look like silk and actually feel like it too!

In the stone blocking section of the course I teach surface preparation, base colour selection, measuring techniques, glaze mixes and how to achieve the trompe l’oeil effect to make the stones look real. We will experiment with different glaze mixes to mimic different types of natural stone.

The Sky painting section of the course will demonstrate how to select base colours & glaze mixes for different sky shades and clouds. We will experiment with different glaze mixes to mimic the different moods of a natural sky.

You will learn the popular techniques for distressing furniture and you will be experimenting with a variety of colours and techniques on wood samples.

Students who have completed my introductory paint effects course are eligible for my advanced paint effects course. This course allows students to learn three more faux finishes, Sky painting, Stoneblocking and Silk finish.

    • Sky Painting
      There is a long tradition of decorative sky painting, historically ceilings were lavishly painted in churches and palaces, usually as a background to mural painting, although sometimes as a works of art in their own right.

In domestic settings the usual place to find sky ceiling faux finishes are in hallways, mural paintings, swimming pool buildings and a child’s bedroom.

  • Stone blocking
    Stone blocking faux finishes mimic a wall constructed out of stone blocks. It is a very beautiful decorative painting effect, very versatile in that it can be painted as a contemporary or traditional effect, and looks wonderful with paintings and furniture set against it. It is a stylish finish that can be understated or painted in a bold dramatic way. Natural Stones vary greatly in appearance so on the course we will take our inspiration from natural stone.
  • Silk effect
    Silk effect faux finishes look & feel like fabric, normally applied to simulate linen or silk applied to a wall.You can learn more about decorative paint effects here: The art of faux paintingThe class is taught by Jo Poulton, a professional specialist decorator with over twenty years experience


Price : £350 + VAT = £420

Course Times: 9AM-4:30PM
Level: All Levels

Where we are:

Jo Poulton Studios
66 Thames Road
W4 3RE