Wood painter

A wood painter


Wood painters design and create visual art on wooden surfaces and objects such as furniture, figurines and toys. They use a variety of techniques to produce decorative illustrations ranging from stenciling to free-hand drawing.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to wood painter:

decorator of wooden items
wood painter and designer
wood painting specialist
wood painter & designer
wooden items painter
wooden items decorator
wood decorator

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as a wood painter.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Wood painter is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Wood painter career path

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of wood painter. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of wood painter with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of wood painter.

  • Intellectual property law: The regulations that govern the set of rights protecting products of the intellect from unlawful infringement.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of wood painter.

  • Create artwork: Cut, shape, fit, join, mould, or otherwise manipulate materials in an attempt to create a selected artwork – be the technical processes not mastered by the artist or used as a specialist.
  • Develop visual elements: Imagine and apply visual elements such as line, space, colour, and mass to express emotions or ideas.
  • Maintain an artistic portfolio: Maintain portfolios of artistic work to show styles, interests, abilities and realisations.
  • Use artistic materials for drawing: Use artistic materials such as paint, paintbrushes, ink, watercolours, charcoal, oil, or computer software to create artwork.
  • Create sketches: Draw sketches to prepare for a drawing or as a standalone artistic technique.
  • Select artistic materials to create artworks: Select artistic materials based on strength, colour, texture, balance, weight, size, and other characteristics that should guarantee the feasibility of the artistic creation regarding the expected shape, color, etc. – even thought the result might vary from it. Artistic materials such as paint, ink, water colours, charcoal, oil, or computer software can be used as much as garbage, living products (fruits, etc) and any kind of material depending on the creative project.
  • Articulate artistic proposal: Identify the essence of an artistic project. Identify strong points to be promoted in order of priority. Identify the target audience and the communication media. Communicate key ideas and adapt them to the selected media.
  • Contextualise artistic work: Identify influences and situate your work within a specific trend which may be of an artistic, aesthetic, or philosophical natures. Analyse the evolution of artistic trends, consult experts in the field, attend events, etc.
  • Submit preliminary artwork: Submit preliminary artwork or art project plans to clients for approval, leaving room for additional suggestions and changes.
  • Use painting techniques: Apply painting techniques such as ‘trompe l’oeil’, ‘faux finishing’ and aging techniques.
  • Work independently as an artist: Develop one’s own ways of doing artistic performances, motivating oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Create original paintings: Create paintings, drawing from your experience, inspiration and techniques.
  • Gather reference materials for artwork: Gather samples of the materials you expect to use in the creation process, especially if the desired piece of art necessitates the intervention of qualified workers or specific production processes.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of wood painter. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Paint spraying techniques: Field of information which distinguishes different kinds of paint spraying equipment and spraying techniques., and the order in which parts should be spray-painted.
  • Types of wood: Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.
  • Home decoration techniques: The techniques, design rules and trends applicable to interior decoration in a private home.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of wood painter. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Select artistic productions: Research artistic productions and choose which ones could be included in the programme. Initiate contact with the company or agent.
  • Stain wood: Mix ingredients to create a stain and apply a layer to the furniture to give it a specific colour and finish.
  • Collaborate with technical experts on artworks: Collaborate with engineers, mechanics, and other technical experts to build, install and move pieces of art.
  • Paint sets: Paint set constructions and stage props.
  • Study artistic techniques: Study a variety of artistic techniques and learn how to apply them in concrete artistic projects.
  • Paint decorative designs: Apply designs in paint, using paint sprayers, paintbrushes or spray cans.
  • Develop artistic project budgets: Developing artistic project budgets for approval, estimating deadlines and material costs.
  • Confer on artwork: Introduce and discuss the nature and content of art work, achieved or to be produced with an audience, art directors, catalogue editors, journalists, and other parties of interest.
  • Sand wood: Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.
  • Dye wood: Mix the powder dye with water and/or liquid dye and any other necessary ingredients to create the desired colour and apply it to the wood.
  • Define set painting methods: Define painting methods and materials.
  • Paint surfaces: Use brushes and rollers to apply a coat of paint to a prepared surface evenly and without leaving drops.
  • Define artistic approach: Define your own artistic approach by analysing your previous work and your expertise, identifying the components of your creative signature, and starting from these explorations to describe your artistic vision.
  • Study artworks: Study styles, techniques, colours, textures, and materials used in works of art.
  • Use genre painting techniques: Use a genre or academic painting and drawing techniques.
  • Create 2D painting: Produce a drawing by using a range of digital tools.
  • Decorate furniture: Use techniques such as gilding, silver-plating, framing or engraving to add specific decorations in the material of the furniture.
  • Prepare furniture for application of paint: Set up furniture for standard or custom paint job, protect any parts that should not be painted and prepare painting equipment.

ISCO group and title

7316 – Sign writers, decorative painters, engravers and etchers

  1. Wood painter – ESCO
  2. Featured image: By Hesham Ebaid – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
Last updated on October 5, 2022

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