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Quick and easy trompe l'oeil : decorative painting on walls, furniture, frames & more
Holding, Jocelyn Kerr.
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling, [1997]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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ND1390 .H55 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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:"Visual deception" can open up space, solve a decorating problem, or create exciting objets d'art to enliven your home. With just a few tricks of perspective, shadow, and color, anyone can use trompe l'oeil to change the appearance of furniture, ceilings, walls, or an entire room! It's easy, and you don't have to be a skilled painter to get fabulous effects; this basic primer guides you through all the materials; preparing surfaces; mixing colors; and the laws of perspective from background to mid-distance to foreground--even an aerial view. Beautiful projects include a projection of a window overlooking a park, extremely suitable for beginners; painted stones; decorative panels; and classical forms like arches and columns. You won't believe how fast you can get great results!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Holding's title is somewhat of an oxymoron--or, at the very least, could only be seriously applied to those readers with at least basic artistic talent. For "quick and easy," after all, are not appropriate descriptors for trompe l'oeil, the craft of creating realistic, three-dimensional illustrations on two-dimensional painted surfaces. Also, this collection is the result of faux malachite and faux marble that artisans such as Jocasta Innes have long popularized. The author supplies information on perspective, color, techniques, and architectonic and scenic methods. The end product? A half-dozen respectable projects to copy, along with real yearning for more information, more process-oriented items, and more details. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

This is an unusually good survey of the techniques for decorative trompe l'oeil, the visual deception that can make a wall into a window. Projects here go from painted stones, to decorative panels, to classical forms like arches and columns. The "tricks of the eye" are accomplished by projecting photographs on a wall, free hand, with stencils, or photocopies. The book was first published in Italy in 1997, which gives its projects a rich European air. Holding has added two winning volumes to this genre, this one and her recently published Trompe l'Oeil Stenciling (LJ 7/00). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.