Paint a Document Box and Square Frame Workshop

Paint a document box and square frame

This class features folk painting in the Pa German style of hand printing and combing. Using water based glazes in traditional colors learn the many ways utilitarian everyday items were embellished in days past.

Participants will learn to grain paint a softwood 10 x 10 mirror and frame and a 4”x5”x8 document box. A dark glaze is applied over yellow paint. Then while the glaze is wet a spontaneous texture is created using the traditional tools of a comb, fingers, sponge, or brush. No experience necessary.

In the 18th century, country cabinetmakers grain painted utilitarian objects to imitate the grain of wood. Softwoods were false grained to mimic expensive hardwoods often not available and the technique soon evolved into a folk art form. Homemade paints and tools were used to create finishes as varied as the minds and hands of imaginative folk artists. Antiques of great value today have wildly grained surfaces that in no way try to mimic the graining pattern of real woods.

Workshop instructor Jim King has a B.A. in art from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana. He began studying vinegar painting in the 1980s when he became inspired by grain painting antiques he was collecting. He purchased blanket chests in disrepair at auctions and flea markets and then restored them and applied vinegar painted surfaces. He had difficulty finding smaller chests and started having Old Order cabinetmakers copy his antiques which he then grain painted using a variety of traditional techniques.

The Document Box & Square Frame Workshop fee is $65 ($60 member) plus a $65 materials fee. No refunds are given unless a workshop is canceled for insufficient enrollment.

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