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Fabulous finishes for your home, step by step
Meschbach, Karl-Heinz, 1943-
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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TT323 .M46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TT323 .M46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TT323 .M46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TT323 .M46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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One of America''s leading experts on decorative finishes, Karl-Heinz Meschbach reveals the secrets of faux finishes, ragging, verdigris, heartgraining and other techniques in this well-illustrated, easily understood manual for amateurs.'

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Booklist Review

All painters have their own methods of faux finishes. One painter will prefer certain brushes; another, specific wrist and hand motions. Meschbach, a so-called master muralist, does a great job in showcasing 24 of his favorite decorations, with exact photographic how-tos for each and every variation. Many techniques, in fact, are very innovative, such as bravura burl and bravura mahogany. He has separated all techniques into three levels of difficulty and style, from the easy sponging and ragging to eclectic crackling and the elegant malachite. A great source for novice and experienced decorator alike. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

These two books provide clear, well-illustrated instructions on a variety of decorative finishes. Sloan offers a review of the materials, with directions on application and the equipment needed for each. She then shows how the techniques can be combined and applied to particular furniture projects. Compared with her Decorative Paint Effects, Sloan's new book focuses more on the use of different media (e.g., varnishes, waxes, paints, and stains) and on decorations applied by freehand painting or d‚coupage than on different effects created by paint techniques. Meschbach, a professional decorative painter, covers the various looks that can be created with paint techniques. He illustrates a multitude of techniques, dividing them into easy (sponging, ragging, and mottling); eclectic (stippling, combing, antiqueing, and crackling); and elegant (wood graining and basket weave). He also gives detailed instructions on the best way to proceed. Experienced painters will find this book particularly useful, but amateurs might need more advice on color selection and how the effects look in the finished project. Both books are recommended where there is an interest. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Materials and Paintsp. 9
The Foundation--Surface Preparationp. 14
What is a Glaze?p. 16
Part 1 Easy Faux Finish Techniquesp. 18
Sponging onp. 19
Sponging offp. 22
Ragging onp. 28
Ragging offp. 35
Mottlingp. 36
Washp. 44
Frottagep. 47
Part 2 Eclectic Faux Finish Techniquesp. 54
Striep. 55
Stipplingp. 60
Heartgrainingp. 64
Moirep. 67
Combingp. 68
Antiquingp. 74
Cracklingp. 80
Verdigrisp. 82
Part 3 Elegant Faux Finish Techniquesp. 86
Marbling and Graining in Folk Art
Veining Faux Marblep. 87
Bravura Marblep. 90
Bravura Mahoganyp. 95
Bravura Burlp. 101
Straightgrainingp. 104
Verdep. 107
Malachitep. 113
Basket Weavep. 117
Travertinep. 120
Resourcesp. 126
Indexp. 127