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Paint Magic Hardcover – 5 Nov 1992

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Did not live up to my expectations 25 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Having heard so much about Jocasta Innes, I was dying to get my hands on this book but when it finally arrived, I felt let down. I had expected step by step photographs for each technique (or at least a lot of photos) with step by step detailed instructions as well as the secrets to getting a professional looking finish. Close up shots of the various finishes are also few. I also did not like the fact that the book is very text book like.
However she does cover a lot of techniques; from the usual colourwashing,ragging and sponging to things like faux fresco, rubbing, staining, vinegar painting etc.
J.Innes also offers some advice on choosing colors(although a separate chapter on colour e.g. the different colours, colour recipes etc. would have been a nice addition), decorating tips and provides some nice photos of whole rooms that give you a better idea of what the finish would look like.
"The New Paint Magic" is a disappointment compared to Kevin McCloud's "The Complete Book of Paint and Decorating Techniques". McCloud provides detailed instruction on each technique, outlining the pitfalls as well as lots of beautiful photographs with colour recipes for each finish. A good buy.
I certainly would not recommend "The New Paint Magic" to the beginner.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Short on illustrations...but loads of info 10 Feb. 2000
By Mark London - Published on
Format: Paperback
Like the other reviewer, I was hoping for superb instructions from this master of faux finishing...but what I did find was loads of text providing helping tips for many finishes, use of tools, colors and products. My most valued section was the Fundamentals. Here, Innes discusses finishes and stains, how to use them, what can go wrong, advantages and disadvantages. Still a valued book to my decorating library.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good info...terminology may be confusing 18 Dec. 2002
By SueP - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was my first decorative painting book. I enjoyed it but found that the British terminology could occasionally (not frequently) trip me up Once you understand that "emulsion" is really latex paint you will find the information in this book very helpful. Jocasta Innes is one artist who catapulted decorative painting into the public spotlight and this book contains oodles of examples from basic sponging to trompe l'oeil techniques. I followed her technique for colorwashing in my livingroom and am very pleased with the results. I do recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
New Paint Magic -- a 'Must' for a home decorators library 23 Feb. 2006
By Susan Hill - Published on
Format: Paperback
No serious home decorator's library is complete without a copy of this very valuable and informative book. The New Paint Magic book is certainly not for the 'splash and dash' approach to painted finishes and techniques. Instead, the book provides an excellent and thorough approach to techniques and materials for restoring, painting and decorating painted surfaces, including floors, walls and furniture. I used the section on painting and varnishing furniture as a guide to painting an armoire and the results were amazing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Second copy of this book. 14 April 2013
By c - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I lent my original to someone, and they never returned it. I loved this book so much I bought another. Very inspiring images, and easy to understand directions on how to do it yourself. However, the seller sent it in a flimsy plastic envelope (they should have sent it in something padded), but luckily no damage occurred.
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