Process of Hand-painted Art in China

Hand-painted furniture is a traditional furniture crafting. It is preserved despite the improvement of modern technology. Hand-painting process uses high quality medium density fiberboard where patterns and designs needed to be measured, traced, matched. A craftsman uses a small router to carve a traced design and for recurring patterns, a guide is used to trace the design in order to maintain uniformity. Plastering, sanding and finishing are the basic processes for hand-painted furniture. Plaster is applied to each piece of furniture prior to painting to fill in irregularities of the wood.



When the plaster has dried, each piece is to be hand-sanded to produce rough texture for better painting. To achieve an even layer of paint for each piece, spraying paint at a steady rate is applied. Prior to respraying, the piece should be cleaned first. Afterwards, a finishing coat is applied to seal the paint. When a finishing coat is set, patterns are ready to be added. Rough outlines are sketched first then finer details are drawn slowly. And since each piece is hand-painted, no two items are exactly alike.



They slightly vary in accordance with the artist. After the completion of pattern, a lacquer finishing is applied. It aims to seal the piece and protect the artwork from unnecessary damage and stains. A lacquer finish is applied after the hand-painted details are completed. The lacquer seals the piece and protects the artwork from damage, water and stains. In order to smoothen the lacquer, wet sanding is applied using fine grit sandpaper. Finally, finishing details are applied before the overall inspection.