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 Faux and Decorative Painting Love the look of custom paint finishes? Don't have a clue how to start? Brush up on all the basics with Faux and Decorative Painting, a beginner's guide to the newest techniques in decorative painting. Get all the latest info on trendsetting colors and today's high-style finishes. The 225 how-to photos illustrate the most sought after techniques, from exotic-sounding faux bois and shar-pei to extremely subtle but dramatic effects. You don't need fancy equipment, either. Alternative applicators include cheesecloth, crumpled bags, sponges, and easily modified brushes. Special attention is devoted to large wall spaces to create a finish that's magically 'seamless' even when painted in sections. A great beginner's guide for masterpiece-quality results.
  Date Published 6/1/2004

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Rated By: Midwest Book Review
From: Oregon, WI
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Comments: 37 quick and easy latex painting techniques
Faux and Decorative Painting is a no-nonsense guide to beautifully coloring one's walls with water-based painting and glazing. Full color photographs and step-by-step instructions demonstrate 37 quick and easy latex painting techniques, from simple solid colors to designing petroglyph wall stencils. A superbly enjoyable home improvement resource, as fun to page through as it is to pick out follow project ideas.
Rated By: Matthew Fanetti, Ph.D.
From: Springfield, Missouri
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Comments: Good book for the beginner
I compared this book to several others. It is the best for several reasons. First, it has an introduction with basic techniques and tools. The tool section has actual pictures of every tool you may need. This helps when going out to buy your supplies. Second, the has excellent step-by-step instructions for every technique. Third, the techniques covered range from simple to moderate, but all seem do-able. Other texts have fancier effects and styles, but are probably out of the skill range of the beginner.

Overall, this book makes faux finishing seem like a thing you can do and gives you the knowledge you need to do it.

Later you can move to the more complex techniques. However, you may not need to.