Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Another BONUS FINISH added!

It's finally here! 
The paint finish that so many of you have been asking for.

Some time ago I made a sample board like this and blogged about it. Subsequently, we have had numerous requests that we should add this finish to the FARRAGOZ Patina FINISHES Course.

So, I constructed a board and painted it in various layers of paint using a homemade wood stain, 2 separate paint recipes and glazes.

As with all the other finishes in this course, short videos were made of every little step and instructions were written to accompany each video. Many hours of footage were edited to bring you an easy to follow, step-by-step version of how to recreate this finish. It is presented in 8 units, starting with the "Overview" and working all the way through to "Distress and Seal".

This new finish is a free addition for students currently enrolled in this course. For the rest of you who are not yet enrolled in the Patina FINISHES Course, the price remains the same at $150.

Students get access to:
  • Age old PAINT RECIPES.
  • Step-by-Step INSTRUCTIONS and VIDEOS to recreate 26 finishes and their paint from scratch.
  • 12 MONTHS online private tutor SUPPORT.
  • COURSEWORK, even after tutor support expires.
  • An optional larger support group where students receive help with their own furniture projects when using recipes and techniques from the course.

We hope you will enjoy recreating this new finish.

Happy Painting!


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Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year from FARRAGOZ!

2016 Saw the most awesome patina pieces emerge from the studios and workrooms of FARRAGOZ online students. In celebrating the end of such a creative and productive year, I'm sharing a handful of these treasures with you.

There were exquisite Colour Wheels, Icons, Clock Faces and Plaques which students made from scratch in the Patina PROJECTS Course.

Lola Llobet - Colour Wheel

Kristin Novljan at Kristinji's World - Made With Love - Icon

Nadia Galinkin at nadia.g2 - Clock Face

Joan Murphy - Icon

Lola Llobet - Plaque

Jayne Camille Slovick - Clock Face

Anna Fabricci at Tea & Table - Icon

And equally beautiful Display Cases, Italian Style Mirror Frames in Low-Relief, and French Style Trumeaux from the same course.

Arleta Strzeszewska at Deququ- Low Relief Mirror Frame

Tina DeLeone - Display Case

Jayne Camille Slovick- Low Relief Mirror Frame

Colleen Doolin - Display Case

Arleta Strzeszewska at Deququ - Trumeau

Sample boards with a rich patina were recreated by students of the Patina FINISHES Course.

Molly Eaton at OUF - F306

Rebecca Nelson at A Farmhouse In Provence - F112

Tina DeLeone - F122

Gerlinde Buck at Flomarktkunst - F125

And students of the Patina FINISHES Course put their newly learnt skills to very good use when they applied them to their own projects.

Michele Wilkinson at Reclaimed pcs

Jan Hetherington at Hether & Grabchyk

Gerlinde Buck at Flomarktkunst

It has been a treat guiding students and having all these and many other masterpieces shared with us throughout the year. Well done to all!

We're extremely excited to see the patina that students will create in 2017. Creativity is therapy for the soul and we hope that through these courses we can help people deal with the many issues they may be struggling with and make 2017 a joyful, beautiful and peaceful year.

To all of you and your loved ones, 




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Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from FARRAGOZ!

For some, the magic of Christmas may be gone. For us, it is very much alive.

In our home around the 1st of December, decorations start stirring in their boxes slowly emerging from their hiding places and shaking free from their tissue paper coats. One by one, they find their way to displays, chandeliers and a Christmas tree with its arms stretched out wide welcoming each one in search of a new perch. 

Seeing the house transformed by these tiny guests is most exciting. In a while it will be back to reality, however, for now, we treasure every moment of their short stay.

So, whether you celebrate Christmas or opt for Happy Holidays, we hope yours will be magical!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!



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Friday, 21 October 2016

NEW Project Added - A Colour Wheel

We are so excited to announce that we have added a new project at the start of the FARRAGOZ Patina PROJECTS Course called the Colour Wheel. 

In 1672 Isaac Newton became the first person to scientifically break down colour and the colour wheel was born.

This led to a multitude of theories about colour especially the one often attributed to Claude Boutet in the 1708 edition of “Traité de la peinture en mignature”, an artist’s manual. 

It is the colour wheel in this 300-year-old book, of which the colours have degraded over time, that we chose to use as our source. For this project, we decided to reproduce the old colours as they appear in the book.

With the addition of the Colour Wheel project, we hope to help students develop the ability to assess colours and understand how they work when mixed together. The skill to mix your own colours is invaluable for making your own paint, giving you the confidence to mix pigments from any source and create colours as they were created hundreds of years ago.

There are now 7 projects that students can make. Each project is presented in a Module, consisting of various units that are in turn broken up into small bite-size step-by-step instructions and video clips, making it very simple to follow and recreate what you see.

Module Colour Wheel is a watercolour on board copy of a 300-year-old colour wheel, with colours faded by time. 

Module Icon is an oil on board icon of Archangel Michael in the Byzantine style.

Module Clock Face is a large casein on board clock face with gold details.

Module Plaque is a wooden wall plaque depicting two angels, painted with tempera, using the Grisaille Method.

Module Display Case is a small display or specimen case which is painted to obtain a tarnished metal look.

Module Italian Style Frame is a mirror frame with decoration on wood done in a low relief and finished in gold. The modern mirror glass is tarnished to look like antique foxed glass.

Module Trumeau Mirror is a Trumeau style over-mantle mirror with handmade decorative ornaments reproduced in handmade moulds.

Throughout the course, students learn to make their own stains, paint, sealer and primer using mostly everyday products and old recipes that artisans used for hundreds of years. Used in the correct combinations and with the techniques we teach, students apply and distress these to acquire different finishes.

The course will still be offered at the original price.

To enrol for this online course or to watch our short video, click HERE.

If you are already signed up for the FARRAGOZ Patina PROJECTS Course, you will automatically have access to the coursework for this newly added project at no extra cost! 

Now, rush over to COURSES.FARRAGOZ.COM, log in with your student details to find it in the Coursework and enjoy!

Happy Painting!


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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

A Bonus Finish for the FARRAGOZ Patina FINISHES Course

Great news for FARRAGOZ online students enrolled in the Patina FINISHES Course - We have added an extra finish to the existing 24 finishes!

This new finish is a free addition for students of this course and, like all the other 24 paint finishes, it has easy step-by-step instructions and videos which span over several units. In this case, there are 11 Units, starting with an "Overview", moving on to "Prepare The Board" and working its way through to "Distress and Seal". 

As with the rest of the course material, you will still have access to this finish after your 12 months tutor support has lapsed.

We hope you will thoroughly enjoy recreating this finish.

Happy Painting!