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 Floorcloth Magic: How to Paint Canvas Rugs for Decorative Home Use
You're tired of staring at bare hardwood floors, but the cost of carpeting makes you cringe. You're fed up with endless vacuuming. You'd like to turn your creative energies to home decor. What to do? Make floorcloths! These hand-painted, durable canvas rugs were popular for centuries before the invention of linoleum and are experiencing a renaissance because they are beautiful, easy to clean, and non-allergenic. Moreover, they can be customized to fit the exact dimensions, color scheme, and style of any room in your home. Virtually indestructible, completely kid- and pet-proof, and easy to clean with a mop and water -- no wonder George Washington brought a beloved floorcloth to the White House (and took it away again at the end of his last term). A floorcloth is the perfect way to cover a bare floor and leave your personal artistic mark.
 
Floorcloth Magic offers complete instruction for selecting floorcloth materials and tools; easy-to-follow directions for mastering basic techniques; and guidelines for using decorative paint effects, including sponging, stamping, marbling, stenciling, and ragging. You will learn how to select color combinations and develop your own patterns. You'll also find inspiration for creating designs to fit every decorating style - from country to contemporary - in a gallery of full-color photos of works from a broad range of floorcloth artists.

Home design writer Couglin gives a thorough review of the numerous materials that can be used for floors, from wood to carpets to such novelties as leather and glass. She discusses historical background, safety, durability, practicality, and design concerns for each flooring option. Unfortunately, some of the projects shown here, such as refinishing wood floors, come with scant instructions. In contrast, Mair's inspiring work offers step-by-step instructions for preparing, painting, and finishing a floorcloth. Color photographs of professionals' cloths in a variety of styles will inspire amateur and experienced painters alike. Purchase Mair's title for public libraries and Coughlin's for interior design collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Home design writer Couglin gives a thorough review of the numerous materials that can be used for floors, from wood to carpets to such novelties as leather and glass. She discusses historical background, safety, durability, practicality, and design concerns for each flooring option. Unfortunately, some of the projects shown here, such as refinishing wood floors, come with scant instructions. In contrast, Mair's inspiring work offers step-by-step instructions for preparing, painting, and finishing a floorcloth. Color photographs of professionals' cloths in a variety of styles will inspire amateur and experienced painters alike. Purchase Mair's title for public libraries and Coughlin's for interior design collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Clearly and concisely written, no confusion or contradictions like some other books on the same subject. Excellent section on contributing artists showing a wide diversity of styles.

  Date Published 1/10/2002

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