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Kevin McClouds Complete Book of Paint and Decorative Techniques Hardcover – May 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684874342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684874340
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kevin McCloud took a degree in History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge University before training and working as a theater designer and scenic artist. He became known for his interior design work, and his first book, Decorative Style, was a great success worldwide. As well as continuing to carry out decorating commissions in a number of countries, he has also built up his own lighting and furniture manufacturing company, McCloud & Co., and written Kevin McCloud's Lighting Style. McCloud is frequently in demand on radio and television and has presented his own regular decorating feature on BBC's Home Front.

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Studied Art & Architecture at Cambridge, trained as a theatre designer, then set up his own design, lighting and manufacturing business. Today he concentrates on television work, journalism and product design. He is best known for his series Grand Designs and Grand Designs Abroad which have spawned a monthly magazine of the same name.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an ambassador for WWF and has a number of honorary degrees and is second on the leaderboard .04 seconds behind Jay Kay on Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably priced Car.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was a pretty big disappointment. While McCloud does offer a strong presentation of color theory, he does not use realistic examples or materials in a way that someone could take advantage of his color knowledge. As an art historian he seems facinated with the techniques and materials that were used centuries ago. And while McCloud may have plenty of time to travel to France to purchase beautiful, pure, oxidized pigments and then mix them with homemade rabbit glue and curdled-milk concoctions to paint his wall, I for one and happy to have to folks at Lowes mix and shake for me. After all, most of us are just weekenders in this home improvement thing. All said and done, there's not much material about applying "regular" paint to a wall in such a way as to create interesting results. Great pictures, solid color theory (although color theory's been pretty well established for hundreds of years now), lots of info on how to mix paint like they did long ago -- not worth it.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a professional I found this book an excellent addition to my paint book library. Mr. McCloud has used some new approaches to some old techniques. A great read, tremendous pics, very straightforward!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hollie Diane on July 2, 2006
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If you are striving for excellence and becoming a master, this is the book for you. Recipes for making your own gesso, plasters, etc. are included along with good step by step photos.
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