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Painting Murals Fast & Easy Paperback – May 1, 2005


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158180573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581805734
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Twin brothers Terrence and Theodore Tse's murals have been made into prints and sold to the mass markets through stores.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sheilah. Bockett on September 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book can be useful for both beginning muralists and those with more experience.

1 - Beginners: For someone wanting to paint a mural in their child's bedroom, for example, the techniques in this book are ideal - and will easily achieve excellent results. It is even possible to involve the child in some of the simpler methods - if say, between age 6 and 13.

2 - Experienced painters: Before seeing this book, I had already used some of the sponging techniques in my own murals, i.e. to create a soft cirrus cloud haze, or the spray from breaking waves. (It is important to note that there are many different sponges, and natural sponges give very different effects depending on which side you use.) Where details are required, these can be added using brushes of various shapes and sizes as well as various media to achieve the desired effect. It was helpful to match the method of application to the effect wanted, and not be limited by traditional tools.

It is not a modern innovation to experiment with materials on hand, including household utensils and ingredients. After all, the old masters tried many different tools and techniques, no doubt raiding the cook's kitchen for their purposes! (From where else did we get egg tempera?)

I can definitely recommend this book, alongside the likes of Jean Dyrsdale Green's "Arteffects" - which includes sponging techniques using other materials (such as crumpled newspaper or a scrunched up length of masking tape.) Painting Murals Fast and Easy can be a great stimulus for the innovative artist.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TopFlight on February 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
The mural examples in this book are really crudely done (as you could expect when using sponges to paint with). I wouldn't want to duplicate any of the paintings shown on this book. If you have any talent for painting at all, stay away from this book. There are many better books on mural painting.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Reese on June 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got this book because it seemed interesting, but I really don't care for it. For me, the paintings aren't detailed enough. You can't get a lot of little detail with a sponge. Sure, sponges can be used for some parts of a painting, but not for the whole thing if you want a lot of detail. It's the little details that make a painting more interesting to look at.
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By M. Bradley on November 10, 2013
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I really liked this book. It gave easy instructions for beautiful wall murals.
I never did paint my wall, but I would recommend this book to others.
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