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The Natural Paint Book Paperback – April 5, 2003

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The Natural Paint Book

We are all increasingly aware of the dangers posed by conventional paints to our health and environment, but many of us remain unsure of the causes of paint toxicity and the natural alternatives.

The Natural Paint Book bridges the information gap, offering an in-depth explanation of the differences between conventional and eco-friendly paints. Illustrated throughout with full-color photographs, the book provides complete instructions on how to make all-natural paints and finishes at home, using readily available ingredients such as clay, gelatin, linseed oil, and artist pigments.

This comprehensive guide also shows how to create beautiful paint effects with simple tools such as sponges, paint rollers, newspaper, or foam. Guided by the authors' expert design advice, you can choose from techniques such as colorwashing, marbling, and stippling to decorate in keeping with the style, age, and character of your home. Packed with information, The Natural Paint Book also contains an invaluable resource directory at the end.

Lynn Edwards is the manager of the paint department at the Green Shop, an independent retailer of natural products and services in Stroud, England.

Julia Lawless was raised in the tradition of folk remedies and is a strong proponent of natural living. She is a trained aromatherapist whose previous books include The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils.

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For the environmentally conscious and style-conscious homeowner

More than 50 recipes and techniques for natural paints and finishes

Use readily available ingredients to create beautiful eco-friendly interiors

Illustrated with 200 gorgeous photographs
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1st edition (April 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875969143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875969145
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was looking for a book that would show me how to create natural paints for chemically sensitive family members for artistic purposes. Although the focus of this book is on painting house and furniture surfaces, the recipes can easily be used for artistic purposes as well.

The book begins with an interesting history of painting, which is especially appropriate for a natural paint book, given the relatively recent appearance of synthetic materials in human history. It then goes on to explain the basics of paint ingredients, and compares natural with synthetic components. It is very helpful that the authors recognize that "natural" doesn't always mean "nontoxic" (e.g. turpentine), and their paint recipes help the reader to choose ingredients that are both.

The heart of the book, of course, is the recipes. These are wide-ranging, using various base ingerdients such as milk, oils, lime, borax, cellulose, egg, beeswax, beer, gum arabic, and rabbit skin glue. Most of these are very simple, and have as few as 2 ingredients. The recipes also include information about the most appropriate surfaces and uses for each paint, whether it is washable, and how to apply it.

The book also has chapters on decorative painting techniques (including woodwork and flooring), design principles (such as feng shui and chakras), and design suggestions for various rooms. I wasn't interested in these, but they are well-presented, and if you want this information as well, you probably won't need a separate book. The book is well-illustrated with lots of helpful color photographs which depict the mixing, application, and finished results of the paint recipes.

My one complaint is that, although whiting is used in several recipes, the authors never clearly explain what this is.
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This is a fantastic book for anyone interest in natural pigments and how to locate and use them. I would highly recommend this to a friend.
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This book contains minimal information on anything about making natural paint. The title, the images on the cover and the book overview lead you to believe that this would be a good resource to make paint from natural products. But nay, nay. There are 3 pages about making paints and these pages are so general I still have no idea where to start to find materials to make paints. There are several chapters about painting techniques for painting walls, which I found amazing since that has nothing to do with the title.
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I was looking for a book with a stronger emphasis on creating paints for making art (i.e on canvas) but this book is still informative on making paints and veneers for houses.
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very comprehensive book for anyone wanting to try painting without lead paints. great how-to and sources. I am enjoying it very much. a good reference for wood carvers.
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Just the right amount of information about each paint formula so you can pick it up, choose a paint to make and go. Much more information on natural paint and many more recipes than I was able to get from a fair amount of internet searching.
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Great Book! It showcases many natural methods for painting which can be utilized on many "canvases" such as plaster and paneling.
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The natural paint book is wonderful! It is jam packed with tons of information for nontoxic and safe paints with lots of recipes!
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