This is a practical hands-on guide to painting any area in the home, with over 200 step-by-step pictures. It is an instant guide to basic techniques, including preparing surfaces, filling cracks, and the best way to apply paints and varnishes. It is a useful advice about the various types of paint such as matt, eggshell or gloss, as well as binders, diluents, varnishes, and wood stains, and their specific uses. It helps how to use painting tools and equipment for applying the paint, including brushes, rollers, pads, sponges and aerosols. It helps you to estimate the quantities of paint you will need, using diagrams and charts. It includes special paint effects, such as sponging, dragging, dry brushing, stippling and ragging. Home decorating using paint can be a satisfying experience. With appropriate preparation and the correct application of paint, even an amateur will find it easy to end up with a professional result. This book will guide you every step of the way, from using the right tools and preparing the surfaces, to applying the final coat of paint or varnish.
The hustle and bustle of London, its changing landscape and infinite sights have provided a rich subject for the many artists who have visited and inhabited the city. From the earliest known paintings, artists have sought to encapsulate their impressions of this lively metropolis. Their representations are fascinatingly diverse, revealing visions of London that let us see the city as it has been experienced and reflected by a variety of artists through the centuries. From recognisable views of the River Thames, St Paul's and Tower Bridge, to idyllic scenes of London's residential squares and streets, or paintings capturing the architectural feats and engineering marvels of their day, artists have documented a developing London - a London which found wealth and confidence and was to emerge as the first truly modern city. Drawing from Tate's superb collection and beyond, this stunning book presents 100 paintings from the 17th century to the present. Whether iconic or unusual, topographical or verging on the abstract, each work offers a special perspective. Contextualised by an insight into the chosen view or location, the artist, and their particular technique, the paintings are also accompanied by revealing and memorable anecdotes which vividly bring the images to life. Featuring some of the world's most influential artists - Canaletto, Turner, Constable, Pissarro, Monet, Kossoff and Auerbach - as well as lesser-known contemporary artists, such as David Hepher and Lisa Milroy, London in Paint brings together a selection of artworks which portray the changing faces of London, and provide a fresh look - through artists' eyes - at this much-loved global city.
Experienced artists and beginners alike will appreciate this concise, easy-to-follow guide with illustrated step-by-step demonstrations featuring four noted watercolor professionals. Watercolor Painting Step by Step guides the reader through 12 beautiful watercolor projects, covering a variety of subjects, including still lifes, landscapes, and animal portraiture. With this comprehensive guide, you will learn about fundamental techniques such as mixing color, developing dimension, creating special effects, and more. With the help of this stylish, technique-filled book, you'll be well on your way to creating your own watercolor masterpieces!
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