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 Early American Decorating Techniques: Step-by-Step Directions for Painting and StencilingComprehensive guide includes 27 authentic, ready-to-use, full-size patterns for restoring, decorating trays, tinware, boxes, rockers, chairs, walls, more. Complete instructions.
  Date Published 10/1/1988

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Rated By: Joy Davis
From: Forest, VA
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Comments: Fantastic reference book
M.P.Slayton's collection of patterns and tips in her EARLY AMERICAN DECORATING TECHNIQUES publication is a "must" for anyone who enjoys creating and painting in this style. With the instructions and color illustrations of this book, it would be possible to become self-taught in freehand bronze, theorem and other forms of stenciling. Tinsel painting (or reverse painting on glass) is covered as well as techniques in gold leaf. Slayton begins her book with the basics of strokework and walks you through to the finishing steps of varnishing and handrubbing.The book is divided into 3 sections. While the first 2 concentrate on technique, the last section (approx. 100 pgs) contains numerous full-size patterns of Early American designs.Decorative painters need more resource and referral books such as this one!