Country Living Country Paint: Traditional Decorative Paint Techniquesby Eleanor Levie
Concentrating on American style, Country Living Country Paint inspires and encourages the reader to try all sorts of techniques in order to achieve the maximum in decorative results. The simple-to-execute ideas are accompanied by practical how-to's; along with these are guides that show how different paint finishes might translate into a complete decorative scheme. (color choices are tremendous, and the uses of color--how colors work, how colors work together, sources of inspiration for color--are explained clearly and concisely.
The projects are accessible for those with ordinary artistic capabilities, with some ambitious treatments to inspire the novice, and challenge the experienced. Paint is durable, washable, practical. It's quick and easy to use. By following the guidelines in this book, it can become the means to achieve a perfect look.
You supply the motivation. Country Living Country Paint: Traditional Decorative Paint Techniques by Eleanor Levie and Rhoda Murphy will supply the inspiration. The book walks you through choosing colors and then gives ideas for what to do with them.
Paint techniques covered include color washing, aging walls, sponging, ragging, striping, stenciling and even doing murals. But you might skip all this and read the last chapter first-preparing to paint.
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What could be more simple than bunching up an old rag and dabbing it over a freshly painted wall? That's all ragging really is. Perhaps it began as a poor man's marbling, to imitate fabric wallcoverings, or maybe a painter trying to correct a mistake discovered a charming new texture--regardless of its development, ragging is undeniably pleasing. Its telltale blurred appearance gently injects pattern into a decor.
There are many versions of ragging--in the first, which is similar to sponging, the paint is pounced onto the wall with a balled-up rag. In the second, wet paint brushed onto the wall, then blotted off with a wadded rag. Then there is rag-rolling, where a twisted rag is used either to roll paint onto the wall, or to roll wet paint off. In each of these variations the effect is obvious, and so ragging always looks its best if the basecoat and topcoat are tonally similar.
When you are selecting a rag to apply or remove the paint, it's wise to experiment on pieces of basecoated cardboard until you find a texture that will give you the effect you are looking for. Try old sheets, cotton T-shirts, chamois cloths, etc. But don't confine yourself solely to textiles: try paper bags, paper towels, or plastic wrap. The possibilities are almost endless. Obviously, you should use the same type of material for a whole project, otherwise your ragged walls won't have a consistent appearance. One word of warning: rags soaked in oil-based paints are a fire hazard, so don't throw them out until they are thoroughly dry.
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