The Handbook of Painted Decoration: The Tools, Materials, and Step-by-step Techniques of Trompe-l'oeil Painting

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Architecture - 474 pages
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The Handbook of Painted Decoration is the first book to cover the whole spectrum of trompe l'oeil decorative painting, from classic marbling and wood graining to ancient techniques of decorative painting that have been nearly forgotten. In this authoritative and practical guide, two distinguished teachers and award-winning artist-painters share their knowledge and the secrets of their trade, providing clear step-by-step instruction on all the techniques and expert advice on tools and materials. From the simplest geometric borders to panoramic murals, they cover every conceivable subject, providing an endless repertoire of clever visual effects. These include basic patinas and variations for aged, antiqued, colored, marbled, cloud-patterned, sponged, rag-rolled, and jaspered finishes; step-by-step instructions on the imitation of marble, brickwork, mosaics, ivory, terracotta, mother-of-pearl, leather, parchment, wood, and other materials; sections on decorative friezes, ornamental devices, and drapery, including striped and patterned voiles, silks, satins, velvet, brocades, and tapestries; and demonstrations of the decorative painting of trelliswork, glass engraving, grisaille, marouflage, stained glass, lacquerwork, and glass painting.

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Preparations for Painting
Basic Patinas and Materials
Friezes and Ornaments
by Yannick Guegan with Claudine Guegan
Forgotten Techniques
Credits and Acknowledgments

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Yannick Gu gan author of the chapters on marble, wood, friezes and ornaments, and drapery in The Handbook of Painted Decoration (Norton), is an expert decorative painter and lacquerer who has practiced his trade for almost forty years. In 1982 he was awarded the title Meilleur Ouvrier de France for decorative painting and trompe l’oeil, the highest French distinction in the trade. He is the founder of the Institute Gu gan at Mesquer-Quimiac in Brittany, where he teaches the techniques of decorative painting to students from around the world.

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