The FARRAGOZ Patina Finishes Course focuses on how to achieve various finishes on wood, using home made primer, paints and sealers. In this course students are shown in which sequence to apply these self made products and how to distress and seal each to obtain the 24 different finishes. The Patina Finishes Course is directed at furniture painters who wish to achieve a rich patina on wood that looks authentically old. This course goes beyond the application of paint. There are sections on how to set up a tiny studio space in your home, how to set goals, how to avoid chaos, how to do presentations for clients and many more. The Patina Finishes Course is for both the hobby furniture up-cycler as well as the more professional furniture paint artists wanting to set themselves apart.

FARRAGOZ offers online courses that will teach you how to make your own inexpensive milk paints, oil paints, tempera, primer, gesso and many more. We will inspire and guide you with step-by-step instructions and videos on how to make, apply and distress these to create exquisite patina on wood like a master artisan. No expensive branded products are used in these courses.

This is an online course in the Art of Patina and we have students from all over the globe. 

After I was recently asked by a student how she should go about recreating the weathered finish of this door, ...  

Over 20 years ago this lamp base started off green and fresh-faced. That's the way it's always been until last week when I discovered it while rummaging through old boxes. 

... it simply smacked of cheap and nasty mass production, but I believed I could have this $3.50 plastic mirror frame looking like an antique, in no time.

Hand made from scratch in the FARRAGOZ Patina PROJECTS Course in which students learn how to MAKE, APPLY and DISTRESS their own paints, to create a rich patina that looks authentically old.

Founding partner and tutor of FARRAGOZ Online Courses in the Art of Patina, Tania Rossouw, shares her thoughts on how to help save the planet by cutting down on waste through making your own paint. 

Insider Tips on how to recreate French grey patina on wood. HERE are the 11 steps I followed to create this grey paint finish.

The French word trumeau, originally referred to the space between windows. In the 18th century, the French started manufacturing trumeau mirrors to hang in these spaces, providing a decorative element and bringing more light into the room.

Learn how to emulate patina of antique painted furniture, using FARRAGOZ recipes and techniques. More details HERE.

The art of ornamental shellwork, initially a European tradition, has been around since the early 18th century. I have developed a passion for this art and a while ago I decided it would be rather fun to combine it with my passion for producing trumeau mirrors. See the process and results HERE.

Small grey details in our studio. By signing up for the FARRAGOZ Online Course in the Art of Patina, you can learn how to make and reproduce ornaments like this face, to apply on furniture and frames.

If you are dying to recreate that old crusty, chippy paint look of antique painted furniture on brand new pieces, but can't figure out how, then this is for you.

I came across this in an article about what your treasures are worth, in an old Metropolitan Home magazine. I thought this would be something interesting to share with you as you can make this. Go HERE for more info.

Can you make a new table look like a painted antique? Yes and it's not nearly as difficult as it looks. Here is a good example.

Aged clock face and objects in our studio. To find out more about this particular clock face, go HERE

Before its make-over, this hand painted display cabinet was a lot smaller, missing some of its cornice mouldings and was covered in a lot of varnish. See how it was transformed here, using the FARRAGOZ methods.

Q: "I have an unpainted kitchen island that I would like to paint like this. I have tried to get this look on other furniture with normal paint, but up to now I have not been successful. Would I be able to achieve this paint finish on my kitchen island if I enrolled for the FARRAGOZ Online Course?"

A farrago of styles to be found at Paris flea markets! These beautiful pieces at the Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt (Saint-Ouen Flea Market). For more images go HERE.

These pieces were all painted with homemade casein paint from the FARRAGOZ Online Course. Learn how to MAKE, apply and distress your own paint to look authentically old.

It is official! We have added another easy-to-make project to the FARRAGOZ Online Course.

Professional Trompe-l'œil artists, hard at work, creating a door on the inside of the Palace of Versailles. Their work was amazing!

Step one in recreating this panel, is producing a painted sample board.  By doing this, you will get a practice run in mixing the various colours and testing your ageing skills to obtain the required finish on furniture.

Detail image of an exquisite antique hand painted harp from the Musee Carnavalet. For more images and info on patina at this Paris museum, see my blog post.

Owner and tutor of the FARRAGOZ Online Course, Tania Rossouw, says: "Seeing the real thing helps me understand vintage and antique pieces. Studying them, allows me to see how they've aged naturally over the years. For that I ..."  Read the full article here.

The finish on this chest of drawers used to be a red-brown veneer coated in far too much glossy varnish.  How did we change the look of this chest of drawers with paint?

"We've always imagined the work of an art restoration to be a painstaking process involving highly-trained individuals crammed in the basement of a museum, slaving over old texts and using many, many tiny paint brushes. We certainly did not picture an elderly volunteer sneaking around in a church, haphazardly painting over a classical image of Jesus until he resembled less the son of God and more a furry, sci-fi creature.

A Cassone is a large marriage chest that was one of the trophy furnishings of rich merchants and aristocrats in Italian culture.  These beautifully painted and gilded works of art were given to a bride by her parents as their contribution to the wedding. It was filled with the personal goods of the bride and placed at the foot of the bed in the bridal suite.

Painted to the top and front with flowers, the interior with a candlebox, the underside of the lid with partly illegible pencil inscription

Can I make this myself?
FARRAGOZ: "The large drawer in the middle, makes this piece different. It gives you 3 different canvasses on the front showing unique patterns. Taking an old chest of drawers with 4 drawers and joining the 2 middle drawers is what I would do. Round the corners with a file. Add feet details cut with a jigsaw. Then paint. Top is heavily distressed. Would work very well in a kitchen. Could even bleach the top and use it as a chopping board."

The original paint on a painted antique would not have been done with the commercial paints that we are familiar with today. The craftsman, or his apprentice, would probably have produced the paint himself, using materials and recipes of the day.

If you have a mould in which you can reproduce a specific ornament, you can make multiples of that ornament.

These antique French chairs, with paintwork well worn, were found at the Paris flea market of St. Ouen (Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen).  

You cannot create patina that looks authentically old, using modern commercial paint. This is why not.

The best way to familiarise yourself with painted antiques and how their paintwork has worn over the years, is by visiting museums and taking detail photo's of as many examples as possible.

Decorative mouldings, curing in the FARRAGOZ studio after they'd been released from their moulds.

In the FARRAGOZ Online Course students learn how to use powder pigments and other everyday basic materials to create homemade paints in different colour shades and hues.

These aged chairs proudly stand in the Palace of Versailles, on the outskirts of Paris.  

Scheme board with paint samples in blue and off-white, together with inspirational photo of a painted antique table from the Musee Carnavalet in Paris.

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