Graining with paint offers an expressive way to transform any plain surface with textured and stylized veneers. This practical introduction to a unique folk art includes six easy projects with vivid, step-by-step color photos. The authors provide all of the information you need to get started, with handy tips on tools, materials, and techniques. Try your hand at making rich wood grain designs with unconventional tools, such as corncobs, rubber combs, foam brushes, and even your own fingers! With textured and styled veneers, graining with paint is an expressive technique to alter any simple surface. In the 18th and 19th centuries, grain painting, the ornamental skill of replicating wood grain, was highly appreciated among American colonists. Paint graining provided a cost-effective technique to aesthetically convert inexpensive materials, such as poplar, pine, and maple, into costly hardwoods. What began as a basic imitation developed into a beautiful and expressive folk art. False Graining Techniques is a hands-on guide to a unique art form. The writers give all of the necessary information as well as helpful hints on equipment, procedures, and materials. Inside you'll learn about the following: *6 easy yet gorgeous projects ranging from picture frames to boxes *How to bring a distinctive, aesthetic depth to any surface *Techniques for painting grain that are both beautiful and easy to understand *Photographs and step-by-step directions on how to approach the projects *A portfolio of finished projects that will inspire you to create your personalized designs *And more! If you have ever wanted to create a faux wood finish in your home or on a craft project, here is everything you need to know.