Over the years we have researched and experimented with hundreds of recipes for traditional paints and finishes. We have refined and tailored these to suit our unique range of decorative surface techniques. Understanding and experiencing how historic paints and finishing materials were made and used helps us immeasurably in our analysis of how they respond to time. Such knowledge is crucial to their successful recreation.
Since the 15th century painter-stainers have painted, gilded and decorated woodwork, furniture, leather, metal and stone surfaces of all kinds, and played a vital role in the development, preservation and transmission of scientific and technical expertise. An apprentice painter-stainer would have taken an oath not to reveal the mysteries of his art to anyone except an apprentice of his own.
Today there may be no need for a painter to refine oils, grind minerals, powder a root, burn a twig, or crush dried insect shells as paints are readily available in a chemically stable, pre-mixed form, but we choose to retain the ravenous curiosity of the alchemist and the painter-stainer. We truly enjoy understanding the nature and behaviour of the materials and processes we use, and we are always happy to share our knowledge. We welcome the opportunity to create our own traditional paints and finishing materials. This is both for our own pleasure and as a way of preserving and promoting the ancient alchemical skills within the Painter-Stainer’s craft.