Carte Blanche offer workshop classes for both the professional painter and artist and the DIY and leisure painter.

Our workshop in Perth is usually busy with projects and this is where painters, artists and clients old and new can learn at first hand how to recreate some of the finishes currently supplied by the Carte Blanche team of professionals. At Carte Blanche you can purchase paints, tools and materials required to carry out the work.

Cait Whitson who teaches most of our classes has been involved in the decorative arts since 1985. She trained in London at Leonard Pardon’s School for Specialist Decoration and then latterly at the late Bill Holgate’s school. Cait continues to regularly takes classes to improve her skills and most recently has had the chance to learn from Gert-Jan Nijsse and Christian Martincourt and Annie Sloan.
Cait has taught at art colleges, technical colleges and at private faux finishing schools both here and internationally.

Cait and Gibson are working professionals which means the teaching is practical, commercial and realistic. They teach small groups in a way that enables students to grow in their ability after they have left the class.


For those that would like to stay overnight in Perth while attending our classes please find a list of recommended accomodation here

Furniture Painting 101 - General Finishes Painting Class

In this class you will learn all the basics of hand painting furniture: tools, preparation, and how to get the best results from different paints. We also turn our hand to a number of paint finishes: pretty distressing and antiquing techniques, stencilling, gilding and decoupage. This class suits the beginner and those who have painted furniture but feel they could use some professional tips and techniques to save time and achieve great results simply.

In the class we use mainly General Finishes Milk Paint, but will also cover information regarding Acrylic Egghshell and Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

The techniques you learn in this class are transferable across the home to walls and woodwork as well as furniture.

Cost - £105

Class cost will include a delicious deli-spread lunch.
Next class: 

Sunday 6th April 2014 - FULL

Saturday 17th May 2014 - 5 places available

Saturday 14th June 2014 - 6 places available

Find out more and book your place here

14th June 2014 - proposed class will be in Edinburgh at the General Finishes Head Quarters, please phone 01738 587600 to book


Please note that Carte Blanche are no longer stockists of Chalk Paint™


To find out about dates, times and location for this class please visit the Shop where you can also book and pay for a place.

Furniture Painting Class

The Ultimate Furniture Painting Class

If  you have been painting furniture for a while but you are stuck in a rut, you have lots of ideas but are confused as to how to move forward or finding it hard to work out what to do from books and youTube then this is the perfect place to get the confidence to branch out. 

This class offers a lot of 1:1 tuition as there are only 4 places

To find out more and see the class day by day breakdown please visit the shop

Cost - £595

Class starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm. Class cost includes lunch

19th - 22nd May 2014 - ONLY 1 place left

To book a place pay a deposit of 50% (please check our cancellation policy)
You can pay for it all up front in the shop and get your discount or just pay half just now and half any time before the start of the class

Pay In Full before April 22nd and get a 10% DISCOUNT USING UFP10 CODE AT THE CHECK OUT

To find out about dates, times and location for this class please visit the Shop where you can also book and pay for a place.

The Ultimate Furniture Painting Class

Pizza and Painting - Open Studios

Bring a smallish piece of furniture and paint it in our studio with our paint and with our help.....make the mess in our place not yours, forget the freezing garage and come to our cozy studio and paint and we will feed you and make sure you don't go wrong.

You will have the use of all the studio brushes and the paints we use when teaching the Furniture Painting 101 classes plus the stencils, gilt waxes, gilding materials and many other things too and we will guide you.

This is the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to try the paint out with some help, or maybe only has one piece of furniture they want to paint so don't need a full class.


£35 for the first 3 hours and then £10 for every 1 and1/2 hours after that

Cost - £35

Your piece of furniture must be easy to get into the studio as we are limited for space.

The studio opens at 10am, If necessary work can be spread over 2 sessions  (both sessions will be charged)

12th April 2014 - cancelled


To find out about dates, times and location for this class please visit the Shop where you can also book and pay for a place.

open studio painting furniture

Graining and Marbling

In this economy, it’s the decorative specialist that can display not only talent but the ability to tackle complex jobs with confidence that has a full diary.

Graining and Marbling are the traditional decorators skills of imitating natural stone and timber. There is a strong tradition of graining and marbling in the UK and it is our intention to help decorators, decorative painters and artists learn the skills and techniques and understand the modern water based materials that are used to achieve this. The class is aimed at beginners and those who may have been taught or used these techniques in the past but wants to brush up and get accustomed to acrylic glazes

Students will be guided with personal attention through techniques that will broaden the skill base and give confidence to tackle most woods and marbles.

Cost - £265 each class - £495 for both

Our graining and marbling class is split into 2 different sessions of 2 days each. You can book one or both; one feeds into the other but if you feel you only need to concentrate on one area you are free to come to just one.

Cost includes sample panels, notes, lunch and refreshments each day. All materials are supplied however we do ask that you bring your own brushes, please email ( us for a brush list. There are a number of brushes that are available on loan but these must be requested on booking

Marbling - white vein, vert de mer, sienna, porto

3rd and 4th June 2014 - 6 places

Graining - pine, oak, mahogany, walnut

5th and 6th June 2014 - 6 places

Class starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm

Buy BOTH classes and get a £35 discount - enter the discount code M&G35 at checkout

To find out about dates, times and location for this class please visit the Shop where you can also book and pay for a place.

graining and marbling class

Glaze Orientation and Colour Mixing

This a casual lecture style class with an opportunity to play with product and colour.

Are you confused about what glaze to buy?; have you tried acrylic scumble glaze and hated it and not known how to adapt from oil to water based products?

This class will talk you through the good and the bad of each brand of glaze/scumble available on the UK market, learn how to extend the open time, how to make them work to your advantage, which ones need varnishing, which don't, introducing great tips and tricks to make every decorator have success even over huge wall areas

We will then look at the various products that you can use to tint glazes and give a simple guide to mixing colours.

You will have a great opportunity to test out the glazes, try mixing colours yourself and get a feel for the materials


Cost - £45

Class starts at 10.30am and finishes at 3.30pm

All materials will be supplied as well as a light lunch and refreshments

2nd June - 10 places available

To find out about dates, times and location for this class please visit the Shop where you can also book and pay for a place.

colour mixing class