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Simple Trompe L'Oeil: 20 Stylish Projects Using Stencils and Faux Finishes Total Hits - 493  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Trompe l'oeil paint effects are among the most stunning and effective decorative treatments for walls, furniture and objects. The daunting idea of creating such breathtaking effects however, can be easy with the wealth of simple techniques and ideas provided here.

Decorative artist Mary MacCarthy explains the necessary stenciling techniques:

  • tracing and cutting stencils
  • using templates
  • mixing paints and making glazes and varnishes
  • painting with stencils
  • using different brushstrokes to create shading and perspective
  • creating the basic shapes of vases, plates and panels.

Through a series of 20 projects, she shows how easy it is to create extraordinary visual effects by using templates and repeating patterns and motifs, rather than trying to paint freehand. Faux finishes are equally simple to create and the combinations of stonework or woodgrain with stenciled motifs are stunning. Using ragging, dragging, stippling, and more, Mary MacCarthy progresses from simple mural painting to wood marquetry.

There are step-by-step instructions and photographs for a Delft tile backsplash, an Etruscan firescreen, a bamboo-effect sidetable; a marbled fireplace, chinoiserie plates, an alphabet block headboard, a scagliola work inlaid tabletop, Dado panels, and a picket-fence frieze that would be perfect for a hall or sunroom.

Template designs are provided and all the projects are accompanied by illustrative photography, comprehensive step-by-step instructions, hints and style idea sidebars and material lists. Simple Trompe L'Oeil is as easy to use as it is beautiful and inspiring.

ISBN: 1552096343   Date Published on 7/1/2001
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Painting Animals Total Hits - 447  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Cows, pigs, bunnies, frogs, cats, dogs, elephants, horses, chickens, fish, and more romp, fly, and swim through this extensive teaching guide to animal motifs found in traditional and contemporary designs. This lucid instructional book begins with the basics of brush techniques, materials, surface preparation, and pattern transfers, the offers step-by-step demonstrations that even novices can follow with ease.
ISBN: 0823012794   Date Published on 3/1/2000
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Painting Faux Finishes With the Color Shaper Wide: A Creative Guide for Faux Finish PaintersTotal Hits - 382  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Create beautiful faux finish effects with the Color Shaper, a new painting tool from Forsline & Starr. Transform your home with lovely malachite, marble, or stone finishes; reproduce the soft patina of natural wood; or choose a fresh look from a collection of fanciful, new faux patterns. In these pages you will find twelve easy project shown step-by-step, along with a host of colorful, creative variations to add drama to your décor. Simple, step-by-step instruction for dozens of faux finishes to try on furniture, moldings, floorcloths, shutters, tile, borders, and blinds. Seventeen faux finish "recipes," to decorate any surface you choose. Includes finished variations for each project, plus twenty-one recipes for creating amazing patterns of your own.
ISBN: 1564966356   Date Published on 2/1/2000
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Painting Blooms & Blossoms (Decorative Painting)Total Hits - 336  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
If you love to paint flowers and fruits, you'll adore the ten projects in this book. Painting Blooms & Blossoms features the fresh, easy-to-learn style of one of today's most popular teaching and design teams, Judy Diephouse and Lynne Deptula. Just follow their friendly, step-by-step instructions to create elegant birdhouses, baskets, floorcloths, recipe boxes and more. You can even mix and match these pretty motifs to create your own original designs!
ISBN: 0891349898   Date Published on 1/1/2000
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Decorative Paint and Faux Finishes Total Hits - 420  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (6)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This all-new edition of one of Sunset’s perennial best sellers is back and better than ever with loads of ready-made color combinations, tips on choosing the right painting effects, advice from the pros, and information on specialty tools. It has tons of photos to get your creative juices flowing and confidence-building instruction on techniques and materials to see you through to the successful completion of your masterpiece.


* This comprehensive decorative painting guide is the second edition of a Sunset best seller

* Provides instruction on thirty decorative paint techniques with step-by-step photography and color combining recommendations

* Includes newer techniques as well as tried-and-true favorites that will inspire novice and experienced painters alike

* Completely updated resource and materials guide --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

ISBN: 0376013885   Date Published on 9/1/1999
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Fabulous Finishes for Your Home: Step by Step Total Hits - 426  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
With acrylic paint and a few simple tools, decorative painters and home decorators can create lively finishes on walls, chairs, floors-virtually any surface! In this book, they'll learn the 'tricks' from Karl-Heinz Meschbach, one of America's leading experts on decorative finishes. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions show how to create a fantastic range of effects-from easy finishes like ragging and mottling to fancier faux finishes like crackling, verdigris and heartgraining. With these can't-miss techniques-and Meschbach's expert advice for picking the right colors and finishes for any job-even the absolute beginner can achieve impressive results!
ISBN: 0891349219   Date Published on 9/1/1999
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Painting Techniques & Faux Finishes Total Hits - 363  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (4)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Enjoy full-color photos of interior and exterior finishes, and learn how to successfully paint over 20 elegant, decorative effects yourself. You'll find basic materials and equipment needs, no-nonsense, step-by-step instructions, important surface preparations and an introduction to color theory.

Some of the basic techniques you can learn include color washing, sponging, tortoiseshell, or faux lacquer.

ISBN: 0865731829   Date Published on 2/1/1999
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Painted Finishes For Walls & Furniture: Easy Techniques For Great New Looks Total Hits - 364  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Wash a veil of color onto wood, marbleize a table, or glaze a wall. This comprehensive guide shows how to create a variety of textured and faux finishes using latex paint and easy-to-find tools. Age, crackle, and distress furniture for an antique look--instantly! Add a touch of whimsy with stencils, or paint decorations. The 30 projects include a faux inlay camisole table; marbleized fireplace and matching woodwork; textured and ragged walls in a formal living room; an antique door with faux woodgrain; and a distressed cabinet. There's a display of entire room treatments, and over 75 pictures show you how to do the job. The author lives in Lilburn, GA. 128 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11. NEW IN PAPERBACK.
ISBN: 080699441X   Date Published on 12/31/1998
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Painting & Decorating Cabinets and Chests Total Hits - 363  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
These 15 projects, from classic to contemporary, make it easy for artists and decorative painters to render the outside of an ordinary box as special as what's stored inside! An array of stunning paint effects are featured with stop-by-step demonstrations of folk, stroke and decorative painting styles as well as several different faux finishes.
ISBN: 0891348042   Date Published on 12/1/1998
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The Art of Faux: The Complete Sourcebook of Decorative Painted Finishes Total Hits - 4984  |  Hits Today - 0 Rating:   Rating Average (7)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This collection of show-and-tell how-tos includes a marvelous range of surfaces, paints, tools, and procedures. The techniques shown simulate marble, wood, stone, leather, ceramic, and many other fascinating finishes. A basic instructional for beginners; a thorough reference for professionals. 350 color and 250 b&w illustrations.
ISBN: 0823008584   Date Published on 8/1/1997

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