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Painting murals step by step
Grund, Charles, 1954-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
144 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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ND2550 .G78 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Learn Mural Painting from the Master!

In this extraordinary book, you'll learn from renowned artist Charles Grund how to paint gorgeous murals with confidence and control, even if you're a beginner! He starts with basics, providing hundreds of full-color, step-by-step instructions throughout and moves you forward as your progress with your painting techniques.

You'll gain insight into:

Choosing subject matter and source material Creating working sketches Selecting materials and prepare wall surfaces Scaling transfer designs to any size wall Achieving proper perspective

Grund also provides 10 start-to-finish projects covering a range of themes suitable for any room in your home. Projects feature scenic vistas with rolling hills, blue skies and classical architecture; floral garlands, vines and swags; trompe l'oeil objects; woodland scenes; animals and garden birds; and playful themes for kids' rooms. You'll also find two gorgeous galleries that showcase Grund's inspirational renderings and finished murals.

It's all the information and advice you need from a master of the craft!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A quartet of lavishly illustrated, full-color how-to books encompasses many fine applications from the basic building blocks of visual art techniques, from drawing the human figure to mural painting. Becker's book quickly introduces beginners to basic materials, tools, and techniques, then progresses to exercises and demonstrations with step-by-step directions for making creative sketches with drawing media as well as watercolor. Beginners can move from a simple silhouette sketch to still lifes, landscapes, and portraiture. Colored pencils blended with mixed media are the focus of Gildow's Colored Pencil Explorations, which incorporates pastel, watercolor, acrylic, ink, and more in a presentation detailing basic application and blending, color mixing, and burnishing. In a series of demonstrations using still lifes and landscapes, each medium added to colored pencil is carefully explained in terms of its uses and techniques. Painting Murals provides step-by-step instructions for 11 projects with themes suitable for almost any room in the house. After presenting a glossary of painting terms and a brief introduction to mural painting, Grund details materials and theory before moving on to basic painting techniques, giving specific instruction on transferring the design. A listing of resources complements the instructions. From classic figure drawing flows a complete vocabulary of skilled techniques basic to visual art. Robins' guide considers the elements--line, light and shade, mass, texture, foreshortening, and more--using basic geometric shapes to achieve accurate renderings of the nude human figure. His explanation of equilibrium and center of gravity as applied to figure drawing is particularly helpful to the novice exploring this essential foundational skill, and the index makes for user-friendliness. --Whitney Scott

Library Journal Review

If cave painting is any indication, human beings have a primal interest in painting pictures on the walls of their homes. A professional muralist, Grund responds to the recent trend in interior design to paint clouds on ceilings, circuses on children's walls, and entire Tuscan scenes in dining rooms. The carefully planned, step-by-step projects take one through the processes of choosing subject matter, creating working sketches, selecting materials, prepping wall surfaces, and transferring designs to walls. Beginners or accomplished artists will find this valuable, as Grund covers everything from the very basics of painting lighthouse, monkey, egret, floral, and woodland murals to the process of setting up a mural business. This is a more extensive treatment of the subject than Jocelyn Kerr Holding's fine Quick & Easy Trompe l'Oeil Decorative Painting on Walls, Furniture, Frames & More. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Operating a Mural Businessp. 8
Glossary of Painting Termsp. 10
Chapter 1 Introduction to Mural Paintingp. 12
Chapter 2 Preparation & Materialsp. 16
Chapter 3 Theory & Practicep. 23
Chapter 4 Basic Painting Techniquesp. 30
Project 1 Tuscan Landscapep. 38
Project 2 Monkeyp. 62
Project 3 Home Theaterp. 68
Project 4 Cloudsp. 78
Project 5 Nantucket Lighthousep. 86
Project 6 Chloe's Roomp. 94
Project 7 Squirrelp. 100
Project 8 Nichep. 106
Project 9 Egretsp. 112
Project 10 French Trellisp. 118
Galleryp. 126
Renderingsp. 134
Resourcesp. 142
Indexp. 143