Annie Sloan's Complete Book of Decorative Paint Finishes: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Painting Techniques for the Home

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Annie Sloan shares her secrets to help you createa variety of patterns and effects to decorate your home. Includes information about decorating tools, materials, paint effects, stenciling, decoupage, wood finishes, gilding, and more. Stepbystep instructions and practical tips on trouble spots make this a complete howto guide.
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Overview

Annie Sloan shares her secrets to help you createa variety of patterns and effects to decorate your home. Includes information about decorating tools, materials, paint effects, stenciling, decoupage, wood finishes, gilding, and more. Stepbystep instructions and practical tips on trouble spots make this a complete howto guide.
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Library Journal
These two books consider the use of decorative paint finishes. Sloan (Modern Paint Effects; Paint Alchemy) presents a thorough treatment of decorative finishes. She begins with an illustrated overview of the techniques to be covered, which include colorwashing, marbling, woodgraining, stenciling, decoupage, wood finishes, and gilding. For each technique, she then explains the materials needed and furnishes clearly illustrated instructions, a detailed view of the effect, and examples of how the technique can be used on walls, furnishings, and decorative accessories. Also included for each technique is a section on pitfalls, typically overlooked in other paint technique books, making the treatment here especially useful for amateurs. Unlike Kerry Skinner's The Paint Effects Bible, whose format restricted the instructions to two pages, Sloan gives each finish enough space to provide clear coverage. Family Circle offers a plethora of projects for decorating furniture and decorative accessories. Unfortunately, no pictures are used to show how the techniques are accomplished, so amateurs will need a book like Sloan's before they have the confidence to tackle the more detailed projects. For its usefulness to both novice and experienced decorative painters, Sloan's book is highly recommended for any size public library collection, while Family Circle is recommended where there is a continued interest in painting projects. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762104475
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 4/27/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Paint Effects 12
Preparing surfaces
Basic equipment
Using Glazes
Ragging
Sponging
Colorwashing
Stippling
Combing
Dragging & flogging
Patterning with cloth
Rag rolling
Frottage
Woodgraining
Decorative graining
Marbling
Stencil Effects 90
Tools and materials
Paints
Cutting Ready-designed stencils
Using stencil brushes
Using rollers
Using spray paints
Decoupage 116
Sources of decoupage
Tools and materials
Preparing motifs
Staining and coloring
Gluing
Varnishing and finishing
Traditional decoupage
Decoupage on glass
Decoupage with freehand painting
The print room
Making your own designs
Wood Finishes 176
Tools and materials
Using homemade stains
Using modern stains
Fuming and bleaching
Penwork
Gilding 200
Tools and materials
Bronze powders
Loose leaf metal
Distressing
Suppliers 214
Acknowledgments 215
Index 216
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