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Simple Trompe L'Oeil: 20 Stylish Projects Using Stencils and Faux Finishes Total Hits - 482  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   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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Fabulous Finishes for Your Home: Step by Step Total Hits - 416  |  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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Decorative Painting Sourcebook Total Hits - 440  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This one source offers expert instruction on every decorative painting technique - from basic brushstrokes to faux finishes - plus a complete list of resources for all the tools and materials you need. And with the right techniques and tools, you can turn ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art! If you're just getting started, the step-by-step, illustrated instructions will have you transforming glassware, wood, baskets, even clothing, into showcases of your creativity in no time. If you're already an accomplished decorative painter, you'll enjoy the professional tips and latest techniques from Priscilla Hauser, Phillip Myer, Sherry Nelson, Gretchen Cagle, Jackie Shaw and other leading teachers and artists. Plus, you'll find tips on getting the most out of painting workshops. And since every artist needs the right materials, this comprehensive sourcebook tells you where to find all the paints, brushes, finishes, surfaces and supplies you need.
ISBN: 0891347828   Date Published on 3/1/1997
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Painted Finishes For Walls & Furniture: Easy Techniques For Great New Looks Total Hits - 350  |  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 - 343  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   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 Complete Book of Decorative Painting Total Hits - 486  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (6)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
As practical as it is inspirational, this guide is destined to become a decorative painting classic. It's packed with solutions to a range of painting challenges, covering everything from surface preparation to floating techniques to finishing. Information is presented in an easy-to-reference, question & answer scenario, so artists can find the help they need--fast. Full-color, step-by-step instruction clearly illustrates dozens of easy painting techniques. Painters will find complete answers to questions like these: * I can't draw a straight line. How can I paint? * I can't get the paint to go on smoothly. How do I prepare this surface? * My brushstrokes look wobbly. Help! * Where can I find ideas and inspiration? * How do I make my project look special? This guide leaves nothing to chance. It even features tips and techniques for making the most of classes and seminars, as well as a list of major conventions worldwide.
ISBN: 1581800622   Date Published on 10/1/2001
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Painting Faux Finishes With the Color Shaper Wide: A Creative Guide for Faux Finish PaintersTotal Hits - 365  |  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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Faux Chic: Creating the Rich Look You Want for Less (Interior Design and Architecture)Total Hits - 479  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Why create a single faux element a painted table, wallpaper, or window treatment when you can design an entire room in faux decor? This exciting book will enable home decorators and artists to swath their homes and workspaces in faux fashion without breaking the bank.

Sidebars and photographs illustrate how to fake it from floor to ceiling, with projects including special Gallic effects such as trompe l’oeil; glazing, marbling, and striping techniques for walls and ceilings; antique furniture look-alikes transformed from flea- market finds; floors that recall the cobblestone streets of New England; art prints and collectibles; accents such as fireplaces, trellises, and Brittany lace window treatments.

A fun and practical guide to decorating in the Faux Chic philosophy of style, color, comfort, and charm, this book will help readers transform ordinary living spaces into fabulous fake London flats, charming Tuscany farmhouses, and more.

Carol Endler Sterbenz is a well-known lifestyle author, syndicated columnist, and media personality. She is the author of more than 30 lifestyle and home-decorating books, including best-sellers like The Gnomes Book of Christmas Crafts and American Country Folk Crafts. She was founding editor-in-chief of Handcraft Illustrated, a leading home decorating and craft publication. She lives in New York City.

Genevieve A. Sterbenz is a professional designer. She is the author of 5 home-decorating and craft books, has written for leading trade publications, and has worked as creative consultant and photo stylist for the nationally syndicated column "By Hand." Currently a spokesperson for Krylon’s Home Décor and Kid’s Tuff Paint, she lives in Manhattan.

ISBN: 1564969592   Date Published on 4/1/2003
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Painting Animals Total Hits - 431  |  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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Decorative Paint and Faux Finishes Total Hits - 405  |  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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