The Paint Effects Bible: 100 Recipes for Faux Finishes

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A must for ambitious do-it-yourselfers who are looking for out-of-the- ordinary results. --Home and Gardens

The Paint Effects Bible --"highly recommended" by Library Journal and with sales of 48,000 in hardcover--has become a classic among home reference choices. Now in paperback, the book features 100 contemporary faux finishes packed into a compact, easy-to-use guide.

Each effect is described on a single spread with a large photograph of the finish plus step-by-step illustrations, an ingredients list, and detailed how-to instructions. The finishes are made with brushes, rollers, rags, sponges and waxes to create textured effects, traditional finishes, metallics, patterns and motifs.

The Paint Effects Bible includes:

  • Guidance on how to decorate with paint finishes
  • Basic color theory including choosing colors and combinations
  • Basic techniques and helpful hints
  • 100 original paint effects

With The Paint Effects Bible, decorators of all skill levels will find ample inspiration and the technical guidance needed to create the perfect finish for any room.

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

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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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