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- a technique of painting lesser quality woodwork in imitation of a better quality wood eg pine to represent seasoned oak. Also known as scrumbling.
At its crudest it involves working a semi-transparent coat applied over a base coat with a comb, brush or rag to simulate the grain of the more expensive wood. Essentially, it is the timber equivalent of marbling.
The wide, thick brush used for either graining or marbling is known as a mottler.