Faux Finishes

The Color Alchemist Company was founded by John Learnard in the ongoing tradition of the ancient painting guilds of Europe.  A native of Washington D.C, John Learnard began his career apprenticed to master painters John Reed and Bill Condrey. For the first two years he was not allowed to touch a paintbrush, spending all of his time in sanding and prep!  As he advanced in skills, he determined to learn everything that the trade could teach, to his capacity.  He made multiple trips to England and was instructed by the late Bill Holgate, considered the world’s grand master in the application of faux finishes.  John also studied with other European teachers, Mike McNeil, Robert Woodland, Gilbert Downing and Don Grey, to name a few. 

With expert training, Color Alchemist Company are decorative faux finishers, wood grainers and marbling specialists, performing unique wall, floor and furniture finishes for your home or business. We do business in the  Washington, DC, Virginia & Maryland areas. Share your vision with us and we will make it come alive.


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Faux Wood Graining Process

Faux Wood Graining Process


Here, the late Bill Holgate, master painter, is shown applying woodgrain technique over paper.  The same technique can be used over wood, concrete, plaster, metal, furniture or any other paintable surface.

Faux Marble Process

Faux Marble Process


Demostrated here by the late Bill Holgate, master marbler, this yellow marble is shown at various stages of development. As shown above,  the application of a faux marble undercoat.