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Classic Paints & Faux Finishes Paperback – Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association (Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895778971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895778970
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.2 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By leading the decorative painting revolution over the last 20 years, Annie Sloan has become perhaps the world's most respected expert in decorative paint, colours, and techniques. Alongside her unique and versatile decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, Annie has inspired generations with her accessible, lively, and creative approach to getting great results.

Annie's fine art background and contagious enthusiasm for decorative painting has motivated both home painters and experienced professionals and unlocked countless creative potentials. She has travelled Europe, North America and Australasia sharing her love for paint and colour, and teaching her techniques for home decoration, through sold-out lecture tours and intimate workshops. She has also published over 20 books on decorative painting, selling more than 2 million worldwide.

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PAINT CONSISTS principally of a coloring agent, medium, which binds the paint, and a t which makes the paint more workable. Read the first page
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Lots of good, well illustrated hints and tips
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Beyond the Basic Craft 5 Sep 2000
By June Harris - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although this book might not be the choice of a first-time faux painter, it is invaluable if you want the secrets to a classy, authentic paint job. Classic Paints & Faux Finishes has unlocked the mystery of the strange paint on my 1850's ceilings and why no other paint will stick to it; has authentic alternatives for treating plaster walls without resorting to inappropriate "plastic" paints and it provides simple recipes to create beautiful historic paints that are otherwise nearly impossible to acquire. The color and pigment charts are also very helpful. This is an excellent and inspiring reference book that should join your library when you wish to preserve the integrity of the past or when you cross the line from craft to art.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Geared more toward the professional painter. 18 Oct 1999
By Vickie S. Owens - Published on
Format: Paperback
Very informative on the history of painting and the chemicals and processes used. However for the average person, most of the paint, tools and chemicals are not common and are hard to come by. It's not for the person that is looking for step-by-step projects either.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great book for the serious/professional finisher 25 Oct 2002
By "justfauxyou" - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is not a beginner book. However it is perfect for the professional finisher - especially if you take an interest in historic paints and techniques. There are many excellent recepies for historic paints, including calcamine. For the serious decorative painter this book is top notch.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ignore the negative reviews! 15 Feb 2012
By Jessica F - Published on
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This book is fantastic! I hope that Annie Sloan writes an updated edition, as this is from 2000. I almost didn't buy this book because of the negative reviews- especially because they are labelled +/or voted as the most helpful reviews. However the negative reviews are from 1999 & 2000 and things have changed a lot since then. Most of the raw materials required for the various finishes are readily available, many are sold right here on Amazon (e.g., gesso, fuller's earth, etc).

Each technique and required materials are described in great detail, including history, common and historical uses, large color pictures of each, step by step instructions - it really can't get much clearer than this. The author's go into painstaking detail. There are even pictures and descriptions of over 50 different brushes. They include a color directory and detailed supplier's list (not up-to-date, of course). I am by no means a professional and have only done a handful of projects, but I do not feel that these techniques are beyond my capabilities. (Not that I would start with my living room walls - maybe an old table or frame).

Before reading this book, I couldn't tell you the difference between a varnish, glaze, shellac or lacquer. This book is clear, concise and very comprehensive. Whether you are a novice or an expert, this book is a fantastic resource and a "must-have." I can't wait to try out some of these techniques, like milk paint and tempura. Do not hesitate for one second, buy this book! You will love it.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not for the Beginner 3 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book shows beautiful faux finishes, but goes more into the natural and/or elaborate elements needed to attain the beautiful finish. It doesn't teach the beginner or home decorator the basic steps needed to attain the wonderful results. I am no closer to a beautiful faux finish in my livingroom than I was before purchasing this book.
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