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The Handbook of Painted Decoration: The Tools, Materials, and Step-by-Step Techniques of Trompe L'Oeil Painting Hardcover – August 17, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (August 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393730018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393730012
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

Yannick Guégan 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 Guégan at Mesquer-Quimiac in Brittany, where he teaches the techniques of decorative painting to students from around the world.

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Great inspiration for budding & pro artists alike.
Lori S. McCarthy
This book is a wealth of information and ideas for my mural and faux business.
Rhonda Ruggieri
I do trompe l'oeil paintings and this is good reference material.
Jeff Lodge

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182 of 182 people found the following review helpful By artsnletr@golden.net on December 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Originally published in French as a series of six books, `The Handbook of Painted Decoration' by Yannick Guegan and Roger Le Puil is an excellent reference book for experienced decorative painters. Yannick Guegan who authors the chapters on marble, wood, friezes and ornament has been in the business for thirty five years, has won numerous awards and is an excellent artist and teacher. Roger Le Puil, author of the chapters on basic patinas, finishes and forgotten techniques, is also an award winner, has painted extensively and has been involved with the French Association for Painting Training and the Paris Institute of Decorative Painting. The book consists of four hundred and fifty full colour pages of information, step by step demonstrations, and inspiring examples. This is a dense book; a lazy Sunday morning browse will only get you half way through it. Traditional European themes and techniques are emphasised with updated techniques for modern water based mediums. The finishes demonstrated are too numerous to be easily reviewed but I will say that the marbles are unique and dramatic, and the wood graining is fabulous. The Trompe L'oeil techniques demonstrated are basically architectural with a large section on fabric and drapery. I am prejudice but this book is beautiful enough to make a coffee table book for architects, designers, and artists of all kinds. It was a blind buy for me and I am not disappointed in the least by the book or by my first buying experience with Amazon. The book is well worth the price if you can learn from books and have enough experience to follow the examples.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By nora oswald on November 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for rendering faux marbles and some woods, but as a professional decorative painter, I was very disapointed with the level of artistry when it came to fieldstone, tortoise shell, and some others. It looked totally amaturish. Also, if you use watered down paint, as is recommended, you will have problems clearcoating without streaking your work. I have always found the use of glazing compounds a much better solution.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Ruggieri on May 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wealth of information and ideas for my mural and faux business. The richness and unique faux wood and marble and not only beautiful to look at but the color samples and instructions are very good. The book demonstrates a very high quality of work and creativeness. It is a great book for ideas and resource material for the artist who does faux and mural work. It is a must for your reference library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patric Fourshe' on November 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I do a lot of book purchasing over the Internet.
I am an artist with broad experiences in Design,
Illustration, Painting and Digital Art.
I am always on the lookout for books that are helpful
and interesting.
What I found in this book was page after page of colorful
examples plus step-by step demo's of how the artwork
was done. All of this was done in plain, straight-forward
language. It is worth the price. I am pleased.
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Love this beautifully illustrated book. Also comes with a cd with permission to use all the graphics! Great inspiration for budding & pro artists alike.
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I do trompe l'oeil paintings and this is good reference material. There are only a few shortcomings to the book:
1. The actual techniques of using the specialized brushes is not completely covered.
2. Also in the examples used to show the steps building up to the completed painting, they often do not show the exact same piece of the painting so that you could compare one step to the next.
3. The conversion from French or European painting terms to "American" painting terms is up to the end user.

Overall a must have for someone serious about trompe l'oeil and mural paintings.
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