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Floorcloth Magic: How to Paint Canvas Rugs for Decorative Home Useby Lisa Curry Mair
Synopses & Reviews
You're tired of staring at bare hardwood floors, but the Oriental rug you covet is prohibitively expensive. The solution? A floorcloth that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost of an area rug or carpet. Floorcloths - hand-painted durable canvas rugs - have become popular again because of a renewed interest in Early American decorating techniques. And since the most appropriate place for a floorcloth is on the hardwood floors used in so much of today's interior decoration, they complement today's lifestyle. The design possibilities, from country to contemporary, are endless.
Filled with essential techniques and sensational color variations, FLOORCLOTH MAGIC: HOW TO PAINT CANVAS RUGS FOR DECORATIVE HOME USE is the most comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to creating beautiful paint-based rugs for your home. It provides basic how-to instruction on every material, tool, and technique, plus recipes for paint finishes, including sponging, stamping, marbling, stenciling, ragging, and more. An introduction to color palettes and pattern development makes this a useful guide for a beginner as well as a valued resource for any craftsperson.
: Create beautiful art underfoot for any room in your house
FLOORCLOTH MAGIC offers complete instruction for selecting floorcloth materials and tools; easy-to-follow directions for mastering basic techniques; and guidelines for using decorative paint effects, including sponging, stamping, marbling, stenciling, and ragging. You will learn how to select color combinations and develop your own patterns. You'll also find inspiration for creating designs to fit every decorating style - from country to contemporary - in a gallery of full-color photos of works from a broad range of floorcloth artists.
You're tired of staring at bare hardwood floors, but the cost of carpeting makes you cringe. You're fed up with endless vacuuming. You'd like to turn your creative energies to home dTcor. What to do? Make floorcloths! These hand-painted durable canvas rugs were popular for centuries before the invention of linoleum and are experiencing a renaissance because they are beautiful, easy to clean, and non-allergenic. Moreover, they can be customized to fit the exact dimensions, color scheme, and style of any room in your home.
Virtually indestructible, completely kid- and pet-proof, and easy to clean with a mop and water - no wonder George Washington brought a beloved floorcloth to the White House (and took it away again at the end of his last term). A floorcloth is the perfect way to cover a bare floor and leave your personal artistic mark.
About the Author
Lisa Curry Mair has been designing, painting, and selling floorcloths since the early 1990's. She operates her floorcloth business, Canvasworks, from a restored 18th century carriage house in Vermont.
Table of Contents
History of Floorcloths: Evolution of the Craft (1)
Floorcloths Underfoot: Yes, you can walk on them! (5)
Ten Easy Steps: From preparing the canvas to applying polyurethane (15)
Patterns and Borders: Elements of floorcloth design (31)
Combining Colors: Choosing colors for your floorcloth project (55)
Painting Techniques: Going beyond the basics with paint and brush (73)
A Gallery of Floorcloths (93)
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