Paint Effects Bible: 100 Recipes for Faux Finishes

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The Paint Effects Bible is a library of faux finishes: 100 of them. Each is described on a single spread with a large photograph of the finish plus step-by-step illustrations, an ingredients list, and detailed instructions for creating the effect.

A valuable source for professional and amateur decorators alike, this book comes in a handy, pocket-sized format with a concealed ...

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Overview

The Paint Effects Bible is a library of faux finishes: 100 of them. Each is described on a single spread with a large photograph of the finish plus step-by-step illustrations, an ingredients list, and detailed instructions for creating the effect.

A valuable source for professional and amateur decorators alike, this book comes in a handy, pocket-sized format with a concealed wiro-binding that lays flat during use.

The Paint Effects Bible includes:

  • How to decorate with paint finishes
  • Basic color theory including choosing colors and combinations
  • Basic techniques plus helpful hints
  • A paint effect selector that helps you choose the best effect and variation

The paint effects are made with brushes, rollers, rags, sponges and waxes. Featured are:

  • Textured
    Effects: stone, leather, fabric, plaster, crackleglaze, craquelure, sand, metal, paper and découpage
  • Traditional Finishes: sienna, breccia, carrera, rosa and granite marble; oak, pine, cherry and mahogany; distressing, antiquing, trompe l'oeil, lining, marquetry, porphyry, tortoiseshell, lapis lazuli, malachite, floating marbles
  • Metallics: verdigris, steel, copper, rusted iron, patination, gold and silver leaf
  • Patterns and Motifs: stencils, murals, repeats, overlays, block printing, frottage
  • Other Patterns and Motifs: banding, stripes, squares, borders, spray painting
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Editorial Reviews

Country Almanac
A good guide for the novice as well as an inspiration for do-it-yourselfers.
— Jim Carlson
Chicago Tribune
Shows readers how to makes something fake look real... how to make a surface appear textured, metallic, wooden, even like snakeskin.
Canadian House and Home
Step-by-step photographs of each of the 100 inventive effects... A must-have for anyone considering a paint-effects project.
Little Rock Arrkansas Democrat-Gazette
Step-by-step photos make it easy to follow directions... The sheer volume of information in this compact book is amazing.
— Laura Hardy
Toronto Sun
Just the thing to help us faux addicts add a designer touch to every room.
— Annette McLeod
Country Accents
All you'll ever need to know about paint effects... Rather than a standard, text-only table of contents, the sections on each finish are pictures in the comprehensive "Paint Effects Selector."
Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal
Things here you've never even thought of, but might very well love to have in your home... you'll be inspired.
— Linda Turk
Crafts'N'Things
Packed with valuable information and inspiration, this resource gives you the encouragement you need!
Style at Home
Most of the finishes are subtle and interesting, which is appropriate, since obvious sponged finishes are passé.
— Diana Luciani
Style at Home - Diana Luciani
Most of the finishes are subtle and interesting, which is appropriate, since obvious sponged finishes are passé.
Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal - Linda Turk
There are things here you've never even thought of, but might very well love to have in your home... you'll be inspired.
Toronto Sun - Annette McLeod
Just the thing to help us faux addicts add a designer touch to every room.
Country Almanac - Jim Carlson
A good guide for the novice as well as an inspiration for do-it-yourselfers.
Little Rock Arrkansas Democrat-Gazette - Laura Hardy
Step-by-step photos make it easy to follow directions... The sheer volume of information in this compact book is amazing.
Adventures — Home and Gardens
A wonderful little encyclopedia of special effects that can be achieved with paint ... a must for ambitious do-it-yourselfers who are looking for out-of-the-ordinary results.
Library Journal
Designer and decorator Skinner (The Gilded Room: Decorating with Metallic Effects) demonstrates how to create a multitude of paint effects, from faux parquet floors to freehand murals. The book begins with an overview of color, paint, equipment, basic techniques, and safety measures, followed by a handy guide consisting of thumbnail photos of the various techniques. Each effect is described in two pages, with a list of materials and equipment needed, a photograph of the finished product, and a page of well-illustrated instructions. Other techniques covered include color washing, gilding, marbling, stripes, and decoupage-in a spiral, lay-flat binding that allows for ease of use. Amateur painters may require more detailed instructions for some of the complex techniques, but for the amount of techniques covered, this book is highly recommended for any size public library. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Adventures -- Home and Gardens
[Review for previous edition] A wonderful little encyclopedia of special effects that can be achieved with paint ... a must for ambitious do-it-yourselfers who are looking for out-of-the-ordinary results.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552977187
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/5/2003
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Spiral
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

After obtaining a fine arts degree, Kerry Skinner worked in theatre, window display and interior decoration, and as a design consultant for prestigious clients. She has written for magazines such as Country Living, Inspirations, and Period Living and Traditional Homes and makes many television appearances including on Discovery Home & Leisure. She is the author of The Painted Room, The Paper Decorator and The Gilded Room.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
- Color theory
- Materials and equipment
- Basic techniques

PAINT EFFECTS SELECTOR

THE PAINT EFFECTS

Working with color
- Using a sponge
- Using a brush
- Using a roller
- Using a cloth

Textured effects
- Stone effects
- Leather and fabric effects
- Plaster effects
- Other textured effects

Traditional effects
- Marbling
- Wood effects
- Other traditional effects

Metallic effects
- Paints and powders
- Metal leaf

Patterns and motifs
- Stencils
- Repeats
- Other patterns and motifs

Glossary
Index
Resources and acknowledgments

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Preface

Introduction

The purpose of this book is to demonstrate some of the vast array of paint effects you can use to decorate surfaces. A paint-effects directory covers 100 faux finishes, all of which are clearly illustrated with step-by-step instructions, and cover a wide range of traditional and contemporary finishes with varying degrees of difficulty.

You will come to see that the most important ingredient needed for any project is enthusiasm and patience. A good general rule is to spend a lot of time visualizing your goal — preparing, researching, and experimenting with colors and materials.

At this planning stage, samples and idea boards are invaluable. Often the simplest techniques and color combinations can convey the most complex ideas. The biggest hurdle for most of us is learning to work confidently — gaining an understanding of your own intuitive response to color is a great way to become more self-assured.

It is also very important to consider environmental issues — you need to find biodegradable materials, and a low-waste technique that will make as little impact on the environment as possible. Most of the projects show the use of freely available multi-purpose tools and equipment. Manufacturers are usually happy to hear your concerns and have begun to offer more choice for the discerning decorator who wishes, for example, to try out water-based products for a project when all traditional examples demonstrate the necessity of oil-based materials. Again, confidence and a willingness to experiment can lead to exciting results.

It is also important to realize that everyone has their own unique style and there is no definitive, prescribed way to achieve the perfect paint effect. The projects are offered as a starting point for each finish — to offer you help in accomplishing the particular painting you envisage. The techniques shown are open to endless variation and personal interpretation — and indeed your own decorative effects can add more individuality, glamor, and surprise as well as being extremely challenging and fun to achieve. Let your imagination run riot and marvel at the results!

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Introduction

Introduction

The purpose of this book is to demonstrate some of the vast array of paint effects you can use to decorate surfaces. A paint-effects directory covers 100 faux finishes, all of which are clearly illustrated with step-by-step instructions, and cover a wide range of traditional and contemporary finishes with varying degrees of difficulty.

You will come to see that the most important ingredient needed for any project is enthusiasm and patience. A good general rule is to spend a lot of time visualizing your goal -- preparing, researching, and experimenting with colors and materials.

At this planning stage, samples and idea boards are invaluable. Often the simplest techniques and color combinations can convey the most complex ideas. The biggest hurdle for most of us is learning to work confidently -- gaining an understanding of your own intuitive response to color is a great way to become more self-assured.

It is also very important to consider environmental issues -- you need to find biodegradable materials, and a low-waste technique that will make as little impact on the environment as possible. Most of the projects show the use of freely available multi-purpose tools and equipment. Manufacturers are usually happy to hear your concerns and have begun to offer more choice for the discerning decorator who wishes, for example, to try out water-based products for a project when all traditional examples demonstrate the necessity of oil-based materials. Again, confidence and a willingness to experiment can lead to exciting results.

It is also important to realize that everyone has their own unique style and there is no definitive, prescribed way to achieve theperfect paint effect. The projects are offered as a starting point for each finish -- to offer you help in accomplishing the particular painting you envisage. The techniques shown are open to endless variation and personal interpretation -- and indeed your own decorative effects can add more individuality, glamor, and surprise as well as being extremely challenging and fun to achieve. Let your imagination run riot and marvel at the results!

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