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About Simon Nobs - Marbling and Wood Graining Artist & Teacher

Traditional decorative paint techniques, like marbling and wood graining, have been used to decorate houses for over two thousand years. However these skills are rapidly disappearing and there are only a few places left now where students are able to learn these amazing crafts from an experienced professional. To help prevent these skills from dying out altogether, I have developed a number of courses and workshops. They are designed to give anyone with an interest in crafts like marbling, wood graining, stone paint techniques and broken colour paint effects, the ability to tackle projects with confidence and skill.

Further Info

Specialised in
Graining & Marbling Tutor & Course Provider Graining & Marbling, Traditional & Contemporary, New Installations, Conservation & Restoration Faux Stone Paint Techniques, Granite, Sandstone, Slate and Malachite, Conservation & Restoration Fantasy Graining, Marbling & Stone Paint Techniques Broken Colour Work (rag rolling, dragging, stippling, flogging, colourwash) Stencilling, Design & Hand cut
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Provides Course / Training
Available for Craft Fairs
Available - please ask about pricing


South Coast Studio
Seabrook Road,
CT21 5RB
United Kingdom

Paint Effects Classes and Workshops


These workshops & classes are designed and structured for people of all abilities to learn decorative paint effect techniques, e.g. marbling, colour-wash, ragging & dragging, wood graining and faux stone painting. You will be introduced to, and shown how to master the use of the tools, equipment, paints & glazes used to create these popular finishes.

Workshops and classes will be run by Simon Nobs, Director of Snobs Interiors Ltd., with over 35 years experience working as a specialist interior decorator and designer and paint effects artist. They will start with an overview of the day and a brief history of the paint effect over tea and coffee.

Before starting on the practice boards Simon will give a detailed explanation of the correct use of primers and basecoats to be applied to a variety of surfaces and you will then prepare and basecoat the sample boards. Whilst the boards are drying, Simon will give a demonstration of some of the techniques you will be introduced to. You will then be guided through the different stages used to create some of the more popular decorative paint effects, including, ragging, dragging, colour-wash and blending. After a short break for lunch, you will then shown how to create professional looking decorative paint effects, and then shown the correct use of varnishes and sealers to protect your work.


All students are asked to bring an apron or wear suitable clothing.

There is a minimum of 2 students to allow the workshop to run, and maximum of 5.

The atmosphere will be relaxed and informal and there will be plenty a time throughout the day to ask Simon questions and advice on anything to do with painting, decorating and design projects.


Sample boards will be available for you to practice on.

You will also be provided with brushes and all the paints, equipment and finishes you might need throughout the day, along with full instruction on their correct use. 

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available throughout the day. Unfortunately we will not be able to cater for any special dietary requirements or allergies, so you are asked to please bring a packed lunch.