Finishing Touches with Paint and Paper: 70 Decorative Projects to Transform Your Home by Emma, Josephine & Catherine Whitfield hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Little, Brown & Co., 1996, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams;
From the cover: The desire to decorate our homes and their contents is an enduring human trait. Each society and culture has evolved its characteristic techniques and styles, developing distinctive motifs, patterns and ways of using colour. This rich heritage provides an endless source of practical ideas and creative inspiration. Finishing Touches is in the spirit of that tradition, making use of the time-honoured crafts of decoupage, paint effects, stencilling, paper cut-outs and papier mache in new ways. It is a feast of continuing visual delights and promises pleasures unlimited for those who love to make beautiful things.
The use of paint, whether the pigments are hand-ground clays or modern acrylics, is universal. In Finishing Touches we show you ingenious techniques for manipulating colour which can produce gratifying results, if not instantly then in the course of a single evening. Simple finishes such as sponging, ragging, spattering and stippling as well as more glamorous effects like gilding and craquelure are described in detail. Full instructions for these techniques are given in general terms, as well as for specific objects, so that they are easily adaptable to other projects.
Paper is one of the cheapest and most versatile decorative materials and is now obtainable in a greater variety of textures and colours than ever before. The range of printed material, too, is astonishingly diverse, encompassing giftwrap, glossy magazines, reproductions of paintings and prints, as well as humbler packaging materials and newsprint. All these provide tantalizing possibilities for decoupage, paper cut-outs and papier mache, which are thoroughly explored in Finishing Touches.
Over 70 decorative projects are on offer boxes of all shapes and sizes, trays, mini-chests, bowls, lampshades, shelves and picture frames, among others, are vehicles for a rich fund of ideas. Produced by three top designers amazingly, all from the same family Finishing Touches provides the inspiration and practical instruction to whet your creative appetite for years to come.
Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Panduro promotional sticker to the upper panel.
160 pages. Index. 11″ x 8¾”.
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