This workshop is designed and structured for people with some prior experience and an understanding of the techniques used to create these stunning effects. Previous knowledge of the materials and tools used in decorative paint work is required. Through this workshop, you will gain a greater understanding of the skills needed to master the ancient art of faux granite & sandstone paint techniques and become comfortable using the paints and glazes used to create them. You will be introduced to traditional oil and modern acrylic scumble glazes & colourants, and shown their correct use and application.

Workshops will be run by Simon Nobs, Director of Snobs Interiors Ltd., with over 30 years experience working as a specialist interior decorator and designer. The workshop 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 professional looking faux stone effects, much admired and sort after around the world. You will then be shown the correct use of varnishes and sealers to protect and enhance your work.

The Art & Craft of Faux Granite and Sandstone Advanced
Advanced workshop, experienced students only (see below)

There are no dates currently scheduled for this workshop, please register your interest and we will let you know when the next workshop is organised.


The workshop will start at 9.30 am and we aim to finish around 3.30 pm. All students are asked to bring an apron or wear suitable clothing.

There is a maximum of 5 students and a minimum of 3 students per course.



Sample boards and other small items of furniture will be available for you to practice on.


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


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.

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