The Painter's Handbook
Not just another guide to artist's materials, this amazingly thorough resource also presents techniques for using them and recipes for making them. Whatever you need to know about any medium and its accessories, you're sure to find the information in these pages, along with the most current data on health hazards and safety procedures in the studio.
Throughout the book, you'll find dozens of step-by-step recipes for making your own art materials including paints, pastels, varnishes, gessoes and sizes, and for preparing supports and making your own equipment. A final section examines the different means for preserving works of art--varnishing and other surface protection, matting and framing, storing and crating--and outlines different methods for repairing and restoring paintings.
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Doerner to Mayer to Kay to Gottsegen is not a baseball sequence but the authors of authoritative manuals for artists' materials and studio safety. Not other current book can offer scientific evidence-based information in as palatable and readable way as this book does. No opinions on brands or manufacturers are foisted upon the reader. What is in evidence is solid, proven facts of painter's materials and procedures that are organized to give novice and professional painters the necessary information needed to avoid mistakes that could effect permanence and good health. It does not purport to teach one "how" to paint, but it does outline the physical properties of the "process" of painting; therefore, it is an invaluable guide to ensuring that every painting technique and medium is employed correctly and safely. With this book, painters require no other materials book that would ever be required in the making of any painting, regardless of medium.