Introduction to 5 Decorative Effects on Lincrusta

A Beginner’s Guide to Successfully Working with 3D Textured Wallcoverings

Lincrusta is an extraordinary textured heritage wallcovering, available in a range of over 40 classic and contemporary high relief designs – wallcoverings, dado panels, friezes and borders – all unfinished and ready to add your own colourway. Ingeniously invented by Frederick Walton in 1877, it revolutionized décor by its beauty, washable properties, and durability, and quickly found its way to projects as diverse as railway carriages and royal homes.

You may be wondering: 

  • What supplies do I need? 
  • How do I prep and work with Lincrusta? 
  • How does installation work? 
  • What are some finishes I can add to my portfolio? 
  • And most of do I give myself the tools for success for creating a professional look for my clients? 

Standing the test of time, the range of textured designs are still popular the world over, gracing the interiors of many distinctive properties, including the White House. Made from natural ingredients, Lincrusta is incredibly durable, water resistant and fire retardant. It is suitable for any room, including staircases, kitchens and bathrooms. The designs are also suitable for residential, commercial, and hospitality applications, including bars, restaurants, and hotels. They can easily be used in smaller applications, such as on focal walls, furniture, and decorative accents. 

You may want a creative outlet and using Lincrusta sounds like a fun way to make a unique finish. Or you may be a painter looking to add this lucrative technique to your service offerings. You may also be a decorative artist who would like to add gorgeously painted and finished Lincrusta patterns as a beautiful service option. When working with clients and designers, there’s no time for quick YouTube videos or Pinterest fails – you need to know how to provide a professional, successful look for them and build your project portfolio as well. 

Frank has honed his skills over last 30 years running his own interior painting & decorating business and is one of the UK’s finest Lincrusta installers. Throughout his career, Frank has endeavoured to incorporate traditional skills, including gilding and faux finishing techniques. A Certified Approved Lincrusta Installer, trained to an advanced level, Frank combines his passion for creating decorative effects with the deep relief designs of Lincrusta to create distinctive bespoke features. 

Here's what we'll cover: 

By the end of this course, students will be confident Lincrusta finishers and can add this technique as a lucrative service to clients. You’ll be able to put together the right tools and supplies for a successful project. You’ll learn the proper technique to prep sample boards and have guidance on showcasing your budding portfolio. You’ll learn five versatile and gorgeous finish techniques and see real life project installations. With the Lincrusta bonus videos, you’ll also learn installation techniques that you or your preferred wallpaper studio can use to install the wallcovering on walls, ceilings, and staircase walls. Lastly, we’ll provide extra pro tips gleaned from 30 years of experience. 

This course is for you if: 

  • You want to work with Lincrusta, but you aren’t sure where to begin and are excited to learn. 
  • You’d like to learn beautiful finishes that can be used and customized with any Lincrusta pattern. 
  • You are a decorative finisher and you’d like to add these services to your decorative painting studio. 
  • You’re a furniture refinisher and you’d like to add these relief patterns and techniques to enhance your furniture projects. 
  • You’re wanting to add a lucrative technique to your painting services and need to know everything from prep work to installation. 

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Hi, I’m Your Instructor, Frank Holmes

Frank has honed his skills over the last 30 years running his own interior painting & decorating business, Frank Holmes, Ltd. Frank works across northwest England but takes each job on its merit and has worked as far afield as France and Vancouver, Canada.

Throughout his career Frank has endeavoured to incorporate traditional skills, including gilding and faux finishing techniques. A Certified Approved Lincrusta Installer, trained to advanced level, Frank combines his passion for creating decorative effects with the deep relief designs of Lincrusta to create distinctive bespoke features.

"Frank has become one of the top Lincrusta Advanced Level Installers in the United Kingdom, showcasing his attention to detail and craftsmanship when installing Lincrusta products. Frank’s appreciation and eye for colour, bringing the best out of Lincrusta Wallcoverings 3D texture is truly amazing, working with his clients to get the result that dreams are made from.”

- Andrew Sarson, Lincrusta Worldwide Technical & Production Manager

"We have used Frank for our Lincrusta installations for our restaurant and in three of our boutique bedrooms. We cannot rate him highly enough, extremely professional, passionate about Lincrusta, an eye for detail...all delivered on schedule. The Lincrusta wallcoverings are a real statement piece and often talked about by our guest. Installed with complete professionalism.”

- Robert

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I’ve never used Lincrusta before? 

Then this class is perfect for you! This course is intended for beginners or anyone interested in an introductory guide to decorative effects on Lincrusta, as well as adding this beautiful paintable wallpaper product and service to their decorative painting practice. 

What if I’m not very artistic? 

We’ll walk you through using Lincrusta, inspiring your artistic skills and hand strokes. If you are artistic, there are plenty of opportunities to get creative, but anyone can take this course and end up with professional looking Lincrusta projects. 

How long do I have access to the course? 

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. 

When does the course start and finish? 

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. 

Can I really take this entire course in one afternoon? 

You can! BUT, we do recommend buying your supplies and materials ahead of time, or even following along and practicing stencil techniques on sample boards if you can. 

What if I am unhappy with the course? 

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.