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The complete book of basic brushstrokes for decorative painters
Stansifer, Sharon, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio. : North Light Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TT385 .S73 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
TT385 .S73 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In this comprehensive guide, Sharon Stansifer illustrates the fundamental strokes that comprise every decorative painting style. Every stroke is broken down into several steps and continuously illustrated in easy-to-follow worksheets.'

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Booklist Review

Either the interest in decorative painting has increased or the number of artists with CDAs and MDAs (certified or master decorative artists) have multiplied in the past decade. Either way, both novices and brush-stroke wizards have a great opportunity to review and preview the how-tos of this demanding craft, which relies heavily on the right coordinated wrist and brush actions for results. Five types are explored: single-or double-loaded brushes (for instance, one versus two paint colors), tipped-or side-loaded (two colors in different places), and line work for borders and fillips. Plus, each of these varieties features strokes to learn, all including directions on loading (the proper way to get paint onto a brush), then step-by-step progress. To relieve instructional monotony, Stansifer highlights her teachings via six projects, again explained in as much detail as the plethora of strokes. A bit heady for rank-and-file beginners. --Barbara Jacobs

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Chapter 1 Brushesp. 9
Chapter 2 Basic Suppliesp. 10
Chapter 3 Getting Startedp. 15
Part 1 Painting Techniques
Chapter 4 Single-Loaded Brush Strokesp. 20
Chapter 5 Double-Loaded Brush Strokesp. 29
Chapter 6 Tipped Brush Strokesp. 44
Chapter 7 Side-Loaded Brush Strokesp. 56
Chapter 8 Lineworkp. 65
Part 2 Projects
Project 1 Daisy Striped Boxp. 72
Project 2 Running Roses Wall Sconcep. 84
Project 3 Wisteria Wastebasketp. 92
Project 4 Poinsettia Trayp. 98
Project 5 Pansy Fan Boxp. 106
Project 6 Hydrangea and Roses Sewing Boxp. 116
Indexp. 128