Modern Marquetry: Decorating with Wood

A course by Chelsea Vivash
Artist and Designer. London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
, Artist and Designer

Create contemporary designs using traditional, handmade woodworking techniques

  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 97 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
Modern Marquetry: Decorating with Wood

Create contemporary designs using traditional, handmade woodworking techniques

  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 97 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 13 Lessons (1h 55m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Marquetry gives you the opportunity to paint your ideas and the world around you using woodworking techniques. It’s also something artist and designer Chelsea Vivash specializes in. She uses traditional woodworking to create contemporary pieces of art, furniture, and products from her studio in London.

In this course, she shares her experience to guide you through creating a decorative mirror frame using a combination of colored and textured wood veneers. Delve into the world of marquetry and bring unique designs to life with your own two hands.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to Marquetry
  • U3
    U3. Making a Marquetry Frame
  • U4
    U4. Final Touches
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Get to know Chelsea, your teacher for this course. Find out about her artistic journey and how she began working with the marquetry technique. Then, learn about the influences which have inspired her as an artist and designer.

Chelsea introduces you to marquetry and working with wood veneers. Familiarize yourself with the tools needed and how to set up your workspace for an efficient workflow. Then learn how to cut and create shapes using veneers. Chelsea shares her tips for professional results, from starting out with smaller pieces to scoring lines. Practice creating images using the window method, then discover how to draw designs for your project.

Now it’s time to make your frame. Start planning your design by drawing it onto veneer before building your final composition. Discover tips and techniques for achieving a professional end result by fixing imperfections in your artwork. Then follow Chelsea’s steps for gluing it onto a backing board before trimming and sanding to reveal the finished design.

Next, learn how to wax or varnish your marquetry design to make the wood grains pop. Chelsea shares the protective wax she uses for a satin finish, which stops the wood from changing color over time. Finally, add the mirror to your frame, ready to hang!

What is this course's project?

Create a decorative mirror frame using the woodworking technique of marquetry.

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in contemporary craft or learning marquetry.

What you need

Basic knowledge of woodworking is helpful, but not essential.

In terms of materials, you will need a selection of veneers, a mirror, a frame, a cutting mat, a scalpel, and other materials specified by the teacher in this course.


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Chelsea Vivash

A course by Chelsea Vivash

Artist and Designer

Chelsea Vivash is an artist and designer from Worcestershire, England. Growing up, she always wanted to be an artist and spent most of her free time making things before going on to study Fine Art at Edinburgh College. Alongside painting, she spent time in scrapyards, collecting and transforming things into art. She continued her studies in furniture design, metal, and woodworking in Amsterdam and London. Then, after graduating, Chelsea began working in her studio in East London, where she puts the skills she’s learned into practice.

She specializes in creating original, contemporary pieces of art, furniture, and small products using the woodworking technique of marquetry. Her work has been featured in publications such as Elle Decoration, OEN, Country Living, This Girl Makes, and Fudge. She has also exhibited her work in different exhibitions throughout London.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Introduction to Marquetry

    • Introduction to Tools and Setting up Work Space
    • How to Cut Veneers
    • How to Create an Image with Veneers
    • How to Approach Drawing
  • U3

    Making a Marquetry Frame

    • Planning the Mirror Frame Design
    • Building the Image
    • Making Edits and Fixing Mistakes
    • Glueing and Pressing
    • Trimming and Sanding
  • U4

    Final Touches

    • How to Varnish Your Finished Work
    • Adding the Mirror and the Backing
  • FP

    Final Project

    • The Art of Marquetry: Decorating with Wood

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Modern Marquetry: Decorating with Wood. A Craft course by Chelsea Vivash

Modern Marquetry: Decorating with Wood

A course by Chelsea Vivash
Artist and Designer. London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 97 students