Earlier this week, we wrapped up our four-part miniseries on Benjamin Lai (from finish to start, as it were); as we were not allowed to visit him on his jobsites, we asked the decorative painter to give us some private video demonstrations of his techniques. He agreed, with the understanding that these would be somewhat watered down due to time frame; on a real job he might spend days performing what we asked him to crunch down into a few hours.
For the first demonstration, he quickly mahogan-izes a beer can using all three types of products discussed in his Part 2 interview—alcohol-, oil- and water-base, including beer itself:
For the second, he left a camera on for several hours while he laid down a quick marbleizing and wood graining demonstration:
Read the whole series:
» Part 1: The Finishes of Benjamin Lai
» Part 2: The Art & Science Behind Decorative Painting
» Part 3: From Brooklyn to Belgium - The Origin Story of a Decorative Painter
» Part 4: Learning Art, the Hard Way, from Monsieur Van Der Kelen
You can check Ben's portfolio out here.