Kevin McCloud's Complete Book of Paint and Decorative Techniques

Overview

From information on essential colors and the use of different paints, to an unequaled step-by-step section on a vast range of decorating techniques, Kevin McCloud's Complete Book of Paint and Decorative Techniques is a definitive guide to the subject, showing how to decorate any home with originality and style. From the earthy hues of Italian farmhouses to the cool elegance of Scandinavian interiors, color has always played a crucial role in decorative schemes. In the first section of the book a unique cut-out ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (41) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $7.98   
  • Used (38) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$7.98
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(159)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Hardcover New 0684874342.

Ships from: Berkeley, CA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$50.00
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(229)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$86.18
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(210)

Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

From information on essential colors and the use of different paints, to an unequaled step-by-step section on a vast range of decorating techniques, Kevin McCloud's Complete Book of Paint and Decorative Techniques is a definitive guide to the subject, showing how to decorate any home with originality and style. From the earthy hues of Italian farmhouses to the cool elegance of Scandinavian interiors, color has always played a crucial role in decorative schemes. In the first section of the book a unique cut-out color selector illustrates the eight essential earth colors on the decorator's palette and shows how to create and combine them successfully by clever intermixing of pigments. These essential colors, together with five secondary colors, are then used in the techniques throughout the book, so that all the stunning decorative effects can be easily recreated. The techniques section that follows contains instructions and step-by-step photographs for more than 35 glorious decorative effects, plus countless variations. Each technique contains a list of essential ingredients, step-by-step photographs and a close-up of the finished surface or object. All elements of the home are covered, from walls, floors, and woodwork to furnishings and even individual objects such as lamp bases and picture frames. As well as the basic technique, further swatches illustrate a range of alternative colorways. Many of the effects featured in the book can be equally at home in contemporary or historical, sophisticated or informal settings, and to illustrate this versatility further, inspirational photographs show the techniques in different settings.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684874340
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Read an Excerpt

... umber of patterns and designs in Wells cathedral, southwest England, were executed in vermilion and not red ochre as had previously been believed. Indeed, vermilion is the bright medieval red seen on the painted tombs of knights, in heraldry and on what remains of painted medieval furniture. It was an important element in the language of Gothic and Tudor decoration.

Cinnabar, as Theophrastus notes, occurred naturally in certain mountain cliffs in Spain, from which trained archers could dislodge lumps of it with their arrows. It was highly prized although inferior to vermilion. But it is not known whether cinnabar behaves as peculiarly as vermilion — which occasionally turns black in time due to atmospheric exposure.

For this reason, and for its poisonous nature, vermilion is not used in the printing or paint industry. In the fine artist's palette it has been replaced by cadmium red (arguably just as toxic, but more reliable) and in commercial work by the modern synthetic pigments that are produced in the petroleum and plastics industries such as tolidine red or quinacridine red, first synthesized in the 1930s.

THE ESSENTIALS OF VERMILION, CADMIUM RED AND SYNTHETIC REDS

Commercially available as:
Vermilionette, cadmium red, and synthetic red such as quinacridone; red universal stain.

Contents
Vermilion — mercuric sulphide. Cadmium red — cadmium sulphide with cadmium selenide.

Toxicity
Vermilion — Moderate by skin contact; high by ingestion and inhalation possibly resulting in mercury poisoning and damage to the liver and nervous system.

Cadmium red — Insignificant by skin contact but high byingestion or inhalation. Cadmium in chronic exposure is carcinogenic and can cause other illnesses such as liver damage and anemia. Synthetic reds — Although pigments from similar groups (such as phthalo blues and greens) are known carcinogens, these pigments appear much safer. However, as a result of chronic ingestion or inhalation as powders, it is suspected that they may contribute to the likelihood of cancer.

Uses
* For bright detail work in period decoration covering Greek styles to the nineteenth century. Particularly evocative if used in conjunction with medieval dull greens and earth colors.

King's yellow

Just as a bright red is useful in the decorative painter's palette for brightening other colors such as red ochre, so a bright yellow is indispensable for cheering up greens and yellow ochres. King's yellow, known as orpiment to the ancients, was mined by the earliest civilizations and prized for its brilliance, opacity, and warmth. The name derived from auripigmentum, literally meaning golden pigment. However, it would not work when mixed with either copper- or lead-based pigments which precluded it from the painting of houses inside and out. Also, Cennini mentions that even when used alone in wall paints, orpiment was likely to turn black once applied. Its rarity coupled with these strange handling properties means that there is little evidence for its early use in decoration.

As early as the fifteenth century this bright yellow was being artificially manufactured for use by artists, and by the early 1700s was in use as a decorative color and known as king's yellow. However, since the pigment consists of highly poisonous arsenic trisulphide, its use must have been carefully considered. Nevertheless, it was used as a wall painting color throughout the eighteenth century since any color of such brilliancy was bound to attract the interest of fashionable aristocracy, forever in pursuit of the novel.

At that time the choice of pigment was between king's yellow, rather fugitive yellow lakes made from buckthorn berries, safflower or fustic, and the politely named Indian yellow, made from the urine of cows fed on mango leaves: some choice. Today, the warmth and opacity of king's yellow is best imitated by chrome and cadmium yellow pigments and paints (both of which are also highly toxic and should be used only in the artist's palette). Synthetic yellows such as hansa yellow or a permanent yellow such as barium yellow, are not as opaque as either king's or cadmium yellows, but are considered safer to handle in paint form. Only cobalt yellow should ever be handled in powder form (unlike all the other yellows, cobalt is not a known carcinogen) and even then under strict conditions of safety and hygiene.

THE ESSENTIALS OF KING'S YELLOW

Commercially available as:
Cobalt yellow, chrome yellow, hansa yellow; yellow universal stain.

Contents
Arsenic trisulphide (in king's yellow).

Toxicity
King's yellow is fatally poisonous. Modern equivalent yellows have their own problems. Zinc yellow, strontium yellow, barium yellow, and cadmium yellow are known carcinogens and should never be handled in powder form or used outside the easel artist's palette. Chrome yellow is also a teratogen and mutagen, and hansa yellow is also a suspected carcinogen. Use the latter only in liquid form and exercise extreme caution.

Uses
* Tinting white paints to produce fresh bright yellow wall colors, as used in the eighteenth century for small rooms and print rooms.
* For brightening yellow ochre.
* In heraldic work and detail work in decoration from medieval times onwards.

Essential mixes

By looking at the essential 13 colors on the preceding pages, you can see that they belong to an obvious historical palette as well as forming the basic vocabulary of many regional color schemes. Those of Mediterranean countries spring to mind particularly, because it is there that many of the listed pigments are employed full-strength and unmixed. However, the more subtle colors and delicate tints associated with northern climes were missing from these pages and it is these that are illustrated here and overleaf. As much as single pigment colors are used by themselves, they are also blended to form a variety of secondary and subtle primary colors. These 13 swatches each display a simple two-color blend on the left-hand side. Each subsequent paint dab has then been made using the color shown on the left mixed with increasing quantities of white paint to produce a series of tints.

The great advantage of this layout of swatches is that it shows just what a wide range of mixes are available by intermixing just a few pigments. Gratifyingly, most of these colors, such as putty, stone, pearl, pea green, grass green, and drab, have come to be recognized as correct for buildings put up in the last two to three centuries. All are usually a mix of two colors from the traditional palette, plus white.

The series demonstrates, then, that it is easy to mix your own blends for authentic decoration, and that a fantastically wide range of decorative colors can be produced from the core of essential colors. Moreover, only a total of 8 of the 13 essential colors were used here, and so these swatches are by no means an exhaustive survey of the colors that can be mixed. To gain a true understanding of the potential of the basic palette it is a good idea to buy 13 tubes of acrylic or gouache paint, plus white and experiment yourself.

Most importantly, these blends are excellent decorating colors for a reason other than historical accuracy. The fact that they contain true pigments in simple, uncomplicated and unmuddied blends means that when on the wall, or furniture, they appear much more lively and interesting than shop-bought blends containing synthetic pigments. In short, they look good, regardless of the exact quantity of white paint added, or of the exact blend of the two pigments.

Copyright © 1996 by Ebury Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: COLOR

A history of paint color
Regional colors
Essential colors
Essential mixes

Part Two: PAINT

Essential materials and brushes
The secret life of media in this book
Blending pigments and paints
Recipes
Preparation and finishing
1 Traditional paints & techniques
2 Decorative techniques
3 Reflective techniques
4 Textural techniques
5 Aging techniques
6 Patterning techniques
7 Fakery

Part Three: REFERENCE

Paint color and light theories
Glossary
Suppliers
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)