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Recipes for Surfaces: Decorative Paint Finishes Made Simple Paperback – 1 Aug 1990


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD (1 Aug 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671682490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671682491
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,607,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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REGARDLESS OF WHICH DECORATIVE PAINTING TECHNIQUE YOU choose, color will be its most vital component. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jan 1998
Format: Paperback
I'm an artist (acrylic and oils) and my husband is a painter (interiors and exteriors) and this book gave us a healthier respect for each other's work! It also gave us a chance to work together in a new way. He was looking for something different and exciting to do for his clients and got a copy of this book for ideas on faux finishes. He was so impressed he couldn't wait to show it to me. I Ooooo'd and Ahhhhh'd over it (the graphics are awesome!) and the ideas for our own home began flowing. I was able to show him techniques in color mixing that I'd learned and was able to share my tools (sea sponges and stipling brushes) that he had considered my "toys". Since some of the techniques require two people to work in tandem to do, it brought us closer together.
A suggestion: take a sizable box (like a packing box) or some mailing paper and try out several of the techniques in colors you like and create a "portfolio" of finishes. It will give you practice doing them and you can put them against a wall to get a feel for how it will look. J.R.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec 1998
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A wonderful complement to Drucker and Finkelstein's Vol.I. Many workable recipes and techniques for the home-faux painter. I used their stucco technique along with their block pattern technique from Vol.I. It is beautiful and was really quick to do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec 1998
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Dozens of realistic techniques for the home-faux painter. Many positive and subtractive methods available. One of the methods I did was the cheesecloth-subtractive method. It turned out beautiful-but have a helper! Every method imaginable!
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By derek preston on 24 Dec 2012
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prompt delivery met all expectations & was recieved as a gift with open arms & totally unexpected& shown to other people expecting them to buy
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
A must have for home owners AND artists alike! 8 Jan 1998
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Format: Paperback
I'm an artist (acrylic and oils) and my husband is a painter (interiors and exteriors) and this book gave us a healthier respect for each other's work! It also gave us a chance to work together in a new way. He was looking for something different and exciting to do for his clients and got a copy of this book for ideas on faux finishes. He was so impressed he couldn't wait to show it to me. I Ooooo'd and Ahhhhh'd over it (the graphics are awesome!) and the ideas for our own home began flowing. I was able to show him techniques in color mixing that I'd learned and was able to share my tools (sea sponges and stipling brushes) that he had considered my "toys". Since some of the techniques require two people to work in tandem to do, it brought us closer together.
A suggestion: take a sizable box (like a packing box) or some mailing paper and try out several of the techniques in colors you like and create a "portfolio" of finishes. It will give you practice doing them and you can put them against a wall to get a feel for how it will look. J.R.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Many great finishes-simple and explicit! 22 Jan 2000
By Mark London - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As I look for all my faux finishing books, not one of the books could describe lovely finishes any better or any easier. My stucco and blocks have turned out marvelously...just like the book! Now that's what we like!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Basic Reference 26 Sep 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Along with the companion book, Decorative Paint Finishes Made Simple, this is one of my core reference books for faux finished paint surfaces. Pictures are useful, instructions clear . . . a must-have for the faux painter's library.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive book for the beginner and pro alike 25 Oct 2002
By "justfauxyou" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for the beginner and professional alike. Good info on how to do all the "basic" faux finishes. Perfect to add to any library.
Only problem is that it can be a bit vague on instructions - especially for the beginner or do-it-yourselfer.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
not for intermediate or advanced faux finishers 13 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A very simplified faux finish book, that I would reccomend to anyone just starting out. The book covers the basics in materials, and prep work. I own both recipe for surfaces books and I wished I would have waited for the library to have them.
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