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Marvelous murals you can paint
Lord, Gary, 1952-
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First edition.
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Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, [2001]

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144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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ND2550 .L67 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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With these completely illustrated, step-by-step techniques, anyone can paint spectacular murals for the home. Master muralists Gary Lord and David Schmidt present 15 magnificent projects, all accessible to the beginner and easily customized. The projects start with simple-yet-effective techniques and progress to more elaborate murals, broken down into a series of mini-demos. The book is filled with expert tips for great results - including various ways to paint skies, the most popular mural subject. The drawing-impaired will especially appreciate the authors' trick for using stencils to create the look of a hand-painted mural. Selling points: 15 imaginative mural projects - from mountains, woodlands and waterfalls to musical swing themes, underwater motifs and farm scenes; No prior experience necessary for professional-looking results - just follow the illustrated, step-by-step instructions; Mural painting appeals to home decorators, decorative painters and fine artists.

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Booklist Review

It's not quite the same as paint by numbers--artists Lord and Schmidt tend to instruct readers in more general terms--but it'll net a similar effect: a uniform and realistic trompe l'oeil or mural that enhances any room. Much of their narrative is strictly common sense: protect the room before prepping walls; add 10 to 20 percent water to paint in the spray gun; and get a good grasp on color theory and perspective before mixing colors. Their 15 projects progress from the simple to the more complex, from silhouettes of Venetian boatmen to a panoramic landscape; each features the requisite list of materials as well as step-by-step close-ups of critical spaces. A sprayed sky, for instance, begins with applying a basecoat on the wall, laying in and sponging clouds, and from there adding and subtracting and blending to create highlights and shadows. Nothing's out of the box here, but sure and steady will win a place in the home. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

From cave painting and Pompeian houses to the wallpaper scenery of a quarter-century ago, murals have come and gone from the home. These two books are evidence of a recent resurgence. Marvelous Murals is a good, straightforward manual for mountain scenes, woodlands, waterfalls, musical themes, underwater motifs, and farm scenes. Beginners will appreciate the progressive difficulty of the exercises, starting with room preparation and simple silhouettes and advancing to complex textures and perspectives. In Trompe l'Oeil Murals Using Stencils, Royals hopes to make it possible for the novice to achieve the heightened reality of the genre using the simplest of tools and methods. She begins with preliminary tryouts and small-scale projects for faux surfaces, like used brick, stone blocks, velvet drapery, and marble. Six major projects take on arched brick windows, lattice windows, limestone niches, etc. Both of these books are recommended for crafts collections. More advanced artists will also want Sarah Hocombe's challenging Fresco Painting for Home & Garden (LJ 7/99). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
Part 1 Equipment and Materials
Room Preparationp. 14
Laddersp. 16
Scaffoldingp. 18
Drawing Toolsp. 19
Spray Equipmentp. 20
Using a Spray Gunp. 21
Brushes and Rollersp. 22
Using a Liner Brushp. 23
Paintsp. 24
Part 2 Preparing Your Design
Choosing a Subjectp. 28
Color Theoryp. 30
Perspectivep. 36
Compositionp. 48
Enlarging and Transferringp. 52
Part 3 Projects
1 Silhouettesp. 58
Galleryp. 58
2 2-D Graphic and Shaded Muralsp. 68
Galleryp. 73
3 Designs from Wallpaper and Fabricp. 76
Galleryp. 82
4 Using Stencilsp. 84
Galleryp. 94
5 Painting Skies and Cloudsp. 96
Galleryp. 105
6 Creating Realistic Texturesp. 108
Galleryp. 120
7 Mountain Muralp. 122
Galleryp. 138
Gallery of Muralsp. 140
Resourcesp. 142
Indexp. 143