Decorative Furniture Painting

A course by LUCAS RISE
Painter and graphic designer. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Joined January 2020
, Painter and graphic designer

Learn how to create, transfer, and paint designs on furniture using calligraphy brushes

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (85)
  • 2049 students
Decorative Furniture Painting

Learn how to create, transfer, and paint designs on furniture using calligraphy brushes

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (85)
  • 2049 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 Lessons (2h 14m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Imagine being able to turn an everyday piece of furniture, such as a closet, into an artistic piece that fills the rooms of your home with joy. That is what Lucas Rise does, combining his two specialties, design, and painting, to create wonderful decorative pieces full of personality and powerful graphic designs.

In this course, Lucas teaches you how to apply a digital decorative design to a piece of furniture, which you can then paint by hand. Learn the tools and materials necessary to carry out the task: the different types of brushes and paints, and also learn how to adapt the digital design to the chosen piece and paint it by hand with calligraphy brushes.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Materials and Tools
  • U3
    U3. Design
  • U4
    U4. Before the brush strokes
  • U5
    U5. Painting
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet lettering artist Lucas Rise, who briefly explains his career path, his work process, and his influences within graphic design.

Start by getting to know the calligraphic brushes, as well as the proper painting and how to arrange your workspace. Lucas talks to you about the different types of furniture and shows you designs that you can apply to them. See how to use color to determine the style of the design and do some color testing on Adobe Illustrator.

Learn how to take the measurements of the furniture to generate a digital plan. See the process of creating the chosen design and how to adapt it to the furniture design: simplifying the design, creating repetitions, and other adaptations. Then, define how to print it.

Let's get to work! Prepare the surface of the furniture and transfer the design to the different parts of the furniture, taking into account the cuts and reliefs. Learn how to mix the colors to achieve the tone you are looking for and how to achieve one-layer covering.

Become familiar with the brushes and their movement, exploring the painting sequence: what to paint first, how to do it, working on details, and drying times. Finally, Lucas tells you about the care needed to keep your work looking perfect.

What is this course's project?

Transfer a decorative design—provided by Lucas—to scale for application on a cabinet. Learn the necessary steps to paint it by hand with calligraphy brushes.

Who is it for?

This course is for all those people who identify themselves with the technique or the project, who want to develop their concentration and precision. Also for all those who want to contribute a colorful, design-oriented work to a space, with personality and functionality.

What you need

This course requires basic manual skills and some experience with paint and brushes.

You will need a piece of furniture (120 cm high x 80 cm wide x 40 cm deep). If you do not have the possibility of building a cabinet, you will be able to work with just panels. In addition, you will need synthetic enamel paints, calligraphic brushes, solvents, access to a design printing center, and a medium-sized, well-ventilated workspace.


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A course by LUCAS RISE

Painter and graphic designer

Lucas Rise was born and raised in Argentina, where he started at an early age as a lettering artist, in Lito Carmone's workshop. He studied Graphic Design at FADU UBA (Buenos Aires). He then spent 12 years traveling, exploring, and working with design in different countries. He ended up living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he currently has his home and workshop.

He specializes in hand-painted cabinets with his own designs, unifying his two specialties. Generally, he sells them to private collectors.


  • U1


    • Who I am
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Materials and Tools

    • Materials and work station
    • Types of Furniture
    • Analysis of decorative designs
    • Colour
  • U3


    • Taking measurements and proportions of the furniture
    • Design creation
    • Design adaptation
  • U4

    Before the brush strokes

    • Surface Preparation
    • Design printing and transfer
    • Armed with colors
  • U5


    • Stroke practice
    • Painting 1
    • Painting 2
    • Furniture care and maintenance
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Decorative Furniture Painting

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Decorative Furniture Painting. A Illustration, and Craft course by LUCAS RISE

Decorative Furniture Painting

A course by LUCAS RISE
Painter and graphic designer. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Joined January 2020
  • 99% Positive reviews (85)
  • 2049 students