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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 3/28/2002