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 The Art of Faux: The Complete Sourcebook of Decorative Painted Finishes 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.
  Date Published 8/1/1997

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Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Useful and numerous illustrations
There are numerous illustrations in this book. I will definitely use it frequently as a reference. This book will be particularly useful to anyone who wants to do finishes that are above average.
Rated By: Bonita Bob
From: Bonita Springs, FL
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Comments: Fantastic How-To for all - beginners to expert
If you are interested in a serious, professional faux effect, this is the place to start (and finish).

Finkelstein lays a foundation (history of faux), provides the building blocks (tools, recipes, and techniques), and assembly instructions (detailed, well illustrated examples of each step).

If you take the time to practice the techniques and follow the instructions, you can do marvelous work regardless of your experience level. I had never done wood graining, and I achieved an effect virtually indistinguishable from real mahogany on my first project.

I originally borrowed a copy for a specific project (wood graining a doorway) and had to buy the book for future projects and reference.

Rated By: Laura Ashleigh
From: Milwaukee, WI
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Comments: Recommended by Artistic Finishes LLC of Milwaukee
Professional faux finishers and decorative artists take note! This book is a must have!

Finkelstein clearly outlines recipes & techniques used in the industry, and yes, for those of us who are visual, you'll enjoy the quantity of pictures that accompany it all... a "keeper".
Rated By: Maya Papaya
From: Phoenix, AZ
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Comments: Stellar! Stellar book! Stellar results!
This is a great book, and I highly recommend it. I have a few books on Faux finishing but they are no where near as complete, and with the others the results can be considered questionable, or shoddy compared to this one. The teachings in this book will astound you. Everything is pictured step by step. You will learn to achieve complete, and believable transformations. There are also some great examples pictured of finished interiors that will inspire you to create.
If your looking for a book on creating fantastic Faux finishes look no further - I assure you this is one to get.
Rated By: Jeanne M. Dauray "jeanne"
From: Highland Park, IL
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Comments: This is the only book you will need to learn faux finishes
After looking through well over a dozen different and popular books on fauz painting/faux finishes this was the only one that was worth purchasing. It is the most complete guide that anyone could find in my opinion. Pierre covers just about every finish imagineable (glazing, crackle, colorwash, patina, sponging on and off, several faux marbling and wood finish techniques, as well as many others). As each finish is covered there is always a complete list of materials, step by step instructions, and pictures of those steps as well as a finished product to help you guide your way. The book also shows finished rooms that are breath takingly beautiful and that fully illustrate the possibilities that lie before you. Additionally, there is information in regards to taking classes with Pierre Finkelstein in New York City as well as the ability to order the supplies through the Pierre Finkelstein Institute (though it is unnecessary since the supplies can be purchased through most art supply stores). In summary this book is just so wonderfully comprehenive and such a great asset that I would recommend it to anyone, beginner or advanced.
Rated By: Angel Lee
From: Cleveland, OH
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Comments: Most comprehensive faux guide, beautiful finishes
This is the most complete guide to faux painting I have found. There are excellent step-by-step instructions accompanied by full-color photos for each technique. Materials needed, exercises & difficulty ratings are also included.

The book starts teaching the basics of paint properties & color mixing. I was very impressed with the section on painting tools & bushes. It includes a photo, a complete description & the proper holding method for each item.

Next, glaze application, surface preparation & finishing coat techniques are demonstrated. A vast array of beautiful & impressive faux techniques follow. My favorites were the red tortoiseshell tile & mosaic effects.

This author is obviously very knowledgeable & I really appreciated the time she took to share her experiences, explaining everything in detail. The resource list is also a nice bonus. I highly recommend this book to anyone.