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Painting a wood grain effect

Recently I have been working on a portrait of a dog for a client.  The background on the picture I was given was a blonde laminate flooring.  While I was working on the painting I started to wonder how many of my students
 had painted a wood grain effect or knew how?  So I figured best to write a new blog entry including some instructions.  Each section of laminate flooring is different from the section next to it.  I started by using a ruler to give myself a guide of where one section started and it's neighbor ended etc.  I did a base coat of Yellow ochre mixed with titanium white.  Then used a liner brush and a filbert rake to add in the knots and lines, alternating between the two colors mentioned above.  Then using a very light touch and ran a fluffy fan brush over each plank to help blend the colors together and take away some of the linear look I had created. 

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