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The Complete Book of Floorcloths : Designs & Techniques for Painting Great-Looking Canvas RugsTotal Hits - 1315  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (7)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Transform a piece of canvas into the focal point of any room with water-based paints, a sewing machine, standard painting tools, and 10 simple steps. Ten projects, ranging from tight geometric patterns to free-form squibbles and whimsical shapes, can be easily completed by even the most artistically challenged. The most intricate-looking are surprisingly the easiest to make. 144 pages, 260 color illus., 50 b/w illus., 8 1/2 X 10.

ISBN: 1887374191   Date Published on 5/5/2006
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The Complete Book of Floorcloths: Designs & Techniques for Painting Great-looking Canvas Rugs Total Hits - 872  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Two dozen different methods for creating and embellishing a design; eight projects ranging from geometric patterns to freeform squiggles; 63 artists showing off a glorious range of contemporary work: and dozens of luscious pictures: in short, it's the home decorator's dream guide to making the perfect floorcloth! If you're concerned that you'll need the painting skills of a da Vinci to complete your floor covering, don't worry! Many of these techniques--like sponging, squeeze-bottle painting, photo transfer, rubber stamping, and collage--are just right for the untrained. A special chapter goes step-by-step through the entire process, from priming the canvas, applying the background color, and sewing the hem to drawing the design, applying sealant, and adding a non-skid rubber backing. And, what a variety of styles you'll have to choose from: a lush forest floor pattern that will make you feel you're walking on leaves; luscious veggies and fruit on a checked border; a lifelike carp pond; a classic art-deco peacock; a sunny rug with children's art, and more!
 
Cooper, a floorcloth artist, and Hersey, a home furnishings writer, show how decorated floorcloths can be used in today's home. Floorcloths were first used in the 18th century and continued to be popular until the early 20th century, when they were replaced by linoleum. Lavishly illustrated with examples of the works of over 60 floorcloth artists, the clear, easy-to-follow directions describe how to make a basic checkerboard-patterned floorcloth and continue with eight other projects. A directory of mail-order supply sources would have been helpful, since specialty items are recommended that may be unavailable in many areas. A good choice for medium and larger collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

“Lavishly illustrated. Clear, easy-to-follow directions.”—Library Journal. “A creative way to splash color and de-sign across your floors. Covers a wide range of innovative techniques from sponging to collage.”—The Washington Times. “Helps you decorate floors with eye-catching results. Plenty of samples are at hand displaying a wide range of styles.”—Decorative Artist’s Workbook.

I love making my own decorations but I like to finish projects that look tasteful and as nice (or better) than anything I could buy. You can't go wrong with this book, whether you are just starting out or looking for a larger challenge. There are some easier projects as well as ones that are more difficult. You could spend years using this book and not run out of ideas. Plenty of full-color photos, step by step directions and techniques. Worth every penny you spend on this one!

I borrowed this book from a friend and had to buy a copy for myself. It gets your right-brain in high gear. If you're looking for the cutesy, folksy arts & crafts flowing out of China these days, forget this one. But if you like to create and like the unique, this is it. Even if you've never did a cloth before, this book will show you step by step and lead you to create a work of art!

I love this book. In the first place, it's just a beautiful publication--very well written and designed, and loaded with examples of gorgeous floorcloths by many artists. I borrowed it from the library just to look at the pictures, then decided I had to buy a copy for myself! Secondly, the instructions are wonderfully clear and precise (I've written and edited instructional manuals, so I know good instructions when I see them.)

ISBN: 1579903053   Date Published on 6/13/2006
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The Complete Book of Home Improvement Total Hits - 155  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Great book re ideas and techniques for decorating your home, a complete step-by-step guide. Over 850 color photos and 50 diagrams. Covers painting, paperhanging, tiling, floor coverings, storage, maintainance, repairs, etc., all aspects of decorating. Large colorful book.
ISBN: 0681891580   Date Published on 6/13/2006
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The Complete Book of Home StencilingTotal Hits - 232  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (3)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Both practical and inspirational, this book provides you with a thorough grounding in the basics of stenciling and planning your design and also offers a multitude of design ideas for every room in the house. With over 20 step-by-step projects, complete with ready-to-use, pull-out templates, this is the ideal guide for home stenciling.
ISBN: 1571455116   Date Published on 9/20/2006
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The Complete Book of Paint Total Hits - 356  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
The first book to cover virtually every paint technique and every conceivable surface: walls, floors, wood furniture, and even upholstered fabrics and metalwork from a hot new designer. The book's 35 projects provide beautiful results and are also accessible to those with a less-than-practiced hand. 200 full-color photographs.
ISBN: 051770451X   Date Published on 5/3/2006
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The Complete Book of Paint : 70 Techniques, Finishes, and Designs for Your HomeTotal Hits - 338  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
With over 300,000 copies sold, Paint Recipes and Decorative Paint Recipes are required reading for anyone decorating with paint. Now The Complete Book of Paint combines the best of both books into one oversized easy reference guide. It offers over 70 painting techniques and finishes designed for walls, floors, and furniture—from stenciling, sponging, and stippling, to colorwashing, gilding, and bordering. Creative ideas for 18 weekend projects, plus in-depth guidance on selecting materials and preparing surfaces, are all accompanied by easy-to-follow instructional photographs. Readers will master the skills necessary to convert a dining room into a charming French bistro with the use of stencils or transform a second-hand dining set into an elegant antique by applying a luminescent, oil-based crackle. Packed with accessible information suitable for beginners and experts alike, hundreds of clever ideas will have DIY-ers creating unique looks in no time. This inspiring book, a brush, and a few cans of paint are all anyone needs to color their world.
ISBN: 0811849473   Date Published on 5/5/2006
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The Complete Book Of Paint Techniques Total Hits - 311  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
"Decorative painting techniques...illustrated here include sponged, marbled, rag-rolled, stippled, and stenciled walls, and faux tortoiseshell and malachite surfaces...with step-by-step instructions for mastering each technique....Written in a chatty, familiar style, this manual can be considered a basic sourcebook, containing tips on preparation, systematic advice, and sufficient information on tools, paint products, and glaze recipes to undertake a variety of projects."--Booklist. 96 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11.
ISBN: 185368306X   Date Published on 5/3/2006
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The Complete Book of Painting Techniques for the HomeTotal Hits - 218  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Annie Sloan is a renowned decorative painter who works and teaches in the UK, the United States and various European countries. Kate Gwynn works as an illustrator, designer and teacher of decorative painting. Together, they have co-authored several books, including Decorative Antique Effects, Decorative Paint Effects, Decorative Gilding and Decorative Stencilling and Stamping. Both live in England.

ISBN: 0891349677   Date Published on 5/5/2006
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The Complete Book of Rug HookingTotal Hits - 485  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Most complete reference covers history, traditions, basic hooking directions, transferring designs; hooking flowers, leaves, animals, birds, abstracts, etc., dyeing fabrics, much more. Complete instructions for 12 beautiful, practical projects. Easy-to-follow text with many helpful hints and expert advice. 78 illus., including 21 in full color.
ISBN: 0486259455   Date Published on 5/5/2006
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The Complete Carpet ManualTotal Hits - 1172  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (11)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
The Complete Carpet Manual
ISBN: 0912526602   Date Published on 4/30/2006

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