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Painter's Handbook

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Much more than just another guide to artists’ materials, The Painter’s Handbook is an amazingly useful resource, with information on everything from the canvas up: the canvas itself, plus paper, sizes and grounds, pigments and binders, solvents and thinners, varnishes and preservatives. Dozens of step-by-step recipes for make-it-yourself paints, pastels, varnishes, gessoes, sizes, supports, and equipment take this indispensable guide way beyond the competition. Authoritatively written by Mark David Gottsegen, ...

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Overview

Much more than just another guide to artists’ materials, The Painter’s Handbook is an amazingly useful resource, with information on everything from the canvas up: the canvas itself, plus paper, sizes and grounds, pigments and binders, solvents and thinners, varnishes and preservatives. Dozens of step-by-step recipes for make-it-yourself paints, pastels, varnishes, gessoes, sizes, supports, and equipment take this indispensable guide way beyond the competition. Authoritatively written by Mark David Gottsegen, chair of the federal government’s ASTM committee on artist’s materials, the revised Painter’s Handbook considers the enormous changes in the art-materials world since the first edition was published in 1993. New materials, new health issues, new information on outmoded and even harmful supplies and practices mean that every painter needs a copy of The Painter’s Handbook.

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A thorough resource presenting details on the vast array of materials available to the artist, including canvases, papers, sizes, grounds, pigments, binders, solvents, thinners, varnishes, and preservatives. Separate chapters are devoted to each painting medium--its composition, characteristics, and methods of application. A final section examines the different means for preserving works of art and for repairing and restoring paintings. Recipes for making art materials are included throughout, and health and safety issues are given their due. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823034963
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 583,963
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark David Gottsegen, in his role as chairman of the ASTM subcommittee on artists’ paints and related materials, helps develop ASTM standards for art materials. A professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he lives in Climax, NC.

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