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The Complete Stenciling Handbook [Hardcover]

Sandra Buckingham
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July 3 2004

Praise for the hardcover edition:
"The ultimate reference for stenciling."
- Booklist

With the simple stencil -- a template that lets you easily create a painted shape on a surface and allows you to repeat the exact pattern wherever and as often as you wish -- you can transform and beautify just about any surface from boxes to walls to floors.

The Complete Stenciling Handbook is a compendium of the latest techniques, tools, equipment and materials. The book presents innovative methods and products that have taken stenciling from a rustic craft to a breathtaking art form. The book features a wide range of step-by-step projects illustrated with color photographs.

Buckingham comprehensively covers the materials needed for successful stenciling projects and explains the qualities of a variety of media such as the differences between latex and oil paints. Clear, easy-to-read text simplifies the often confusing world of materials such as additives, matting agents, glazes, stains, thinners, finish coats and more. The book also includes instructions about when and how to use applicators such as brushes, rollers, sponges and airbrushes.

Creative topics with step-by-step instructions cover:

  • Shading and paint effects
  • Traditional borders and all-over patterns
  • Freeform stenciling and projection stenciling
  • Imitation textiles
  • Architectural elements, fake marquetry
  • Floor treatments, glass and ceramic tiles
  • Lettering and stenciling on fabric and paper.

The Complete Stenciling Handbook is the best and most comprehensive guide for crafters from beginner to advanced.

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How often can any author, even an expert, authoritatively assert that his or her book is the source of all knowledge on a topic? Rare as that may be, Buckingham's fourth book is, indeed, the ultimate reference for stenciling. Although she claims that mastery of this craft is fairly simple, under her tutelage, stenciling itself becomes a broad-based art, covering not only flat 2-D templates but also application to fabrics, floors, glass, and paper as well as special effects. Every chapter includes a plethora of how-to color photographs and examples, from cutting a stencil to working devore--or "burnt"--on luxurious fabrics. No patterns are included, but the samples can easily be emulated. A useful source for any level of stenciler. Barbara Jacobs
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The book lives up to its title... but goes beyond that by offering ideas on masking, shadowing, and achieving a variety of special effects... take a look at this book. It no doubt will inspire you. (Nancy A. Herrick Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2004-09-19)

If you are creative and are looking for a spark to jump-start some projects, Sandra Buckingham's big book of stenciling is for you. Her techniques are nothing short of amazing. (Meda Kessler Forth Worth Star-Telegram 2004-08-07)

Detailed instructions... packed full of inspiring photos. (Joanne Hatherly CanWestNews Service 2004-08-28)

Color photos throughout the book on every topic enable the reader to visualize each process. (Pam Firmin Gulport Sun Herald 2004-08-14)

Explains pretty much everything about the craft. (Miami Herald 2004-08-15)

Abounds with designs, color photos and instructions. (Indianapolis Star 2002-11-16)

This is a "wow" craft book. Buckingham gives beginners clear directions for basics and proceeds to subtle tricks. (Judy Walker New Orleans Times-Picayune 2002-10-04)

Rare as that may be, Buckingham's fourth book is, indeed, the ultimate reference for stenciling ... A useful source for any level of stenciler. (Barbara Jacobs Booklist 2002-11-15)

Buckingham demystifies stencil applications so that even a beginner can capture the creative magic of stenciling. (San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles 2004-10-00)

Takes readers step by step through the process of creating dozens of designs. The possibilities are wide ranging. (Mary Beth Breckenridge Knight Ridder Newspapers 2004-09-26)

A great gift for stencil fanatics of any level, as Buckingham is known for her common-sense instructions as well as her extraordinary designs. (Jeani Read Vancouver Province 2002-11-08)

The excellent color illustrations throughout make this a basic source for the craft. Highly recommended for all types of crafts collections. (Library Journal 2003-02-15)

If you're up for it, the celebrated stenciler will teach you every faux fashion trick in the decorating world. (Barbara De Witt Los Angeles Daily News 2003-01-11)

Buckingham's considerable knowledge on stenciling combined with the numerous color photographs makes... an informative, easy-to-use guide. (Cottage Times 2003-07-18)

Well-written and filled with marvelous illustrations, the concepts and instructions are easy to understand... I haven't seen a stenciling book quite this good; it encompasses everything that would normally have to be found in several books. Buckingham did a beautiful job, making projects accessible to novices and professionals alike. (June Mills San Gabriel Valley Tribune 2005-01-08)

Proves one of the oldest decorative crafts can still create amazing design effects in the modern-day home. (Jennifer Lee Calgary Sun 2004-10-16)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sandra is THE Stenciling godess! Nov. 4 2003
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Sandra has done it again - written the ultimate bible of stenciling! Many new and wonderful techniques are shown with clear instructions and wonderful step-by-step full color photographs. The chapters on faux marquetry and imitation textiles was fasinating, showing that anyone can stencil beautiful finishes with the best part being, it doesn't look stencilled! The designs are very up to date, touching on all the hot decorating trends. She also includes classical designs that will be here forever. I have been teaching stenciling for 15 years and I'm going to recommend this book for both my beginners and for seasoned experts. Perfect for all you 'Trading Spaces' followers who want to easily and quickly add a new painted accent to your home. I am going to try a velvet scarf with the amazing devore technique, I think they might just be what everyone on my gift list will be getting this year. I can make lots for a fraction of what it would cost to buy them. Sandra finishes the book with lots of sources for materials and a detailed reading list. If I could give more than 5 stars I would! Can you tell I'm trilled with this book? It's the first and only review I have ever written!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute inspiration Dec 4 2002
I ordered this because I was looking for a good text for an online course in Stenciling 101 that I was putting together. I already own several stenciling books, and ordered more for review - but this was the hands down choice. Not only was it the most detailed book I found, with more explanations than anything else I've seen, but it covered so many interesting variations on the art of stenciling that I will also be using it as my intermediate and advanced text. Easy enough for a beginner because the explanations are so good - but with plenty of great new ifnormation for the experienced stenciler.
In fact, since reading it I have taken up several new forms of stenciling. The book absolutely inspired me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent comprehensive guide May 15 2003
Stencilers who want a complete handbook to the art, from choosing between materials and tools to understanding paint differences, glazes, and equipment, will find The Complete Stenciling Handbook packed with essential details. The chapters on how to create different stencil effects, from producing raised art to using layered patterns, supplement techniques and discussions with plenty of color photos illustrating finished results. An excellent comprehensive guide.
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