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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I guessed writing review using reverse-psychology is rather easily misunderstood, considering review readers are from around the world with different ways of thinking. So, let me rephrase my comments about this book.
This book is a 5-STAR, due to the following reasons:
1) The book provides detailed discussion of pigments (pp 65-134), including both physical and chemical properties such as lightfastness (resistance to fading on long exposure to sunlight), density, vehicle compatibility, chemical class, formula, etc.
2) The book also covers other materials used in oil, watercolor painting, as well as other painting techniques such as tempera, mural, etc.
3) Readers will find formulas for preparing mediums throughout the book, as well as supports, solvents, safety issues; along with information on painting tools (brushes, knife, etc.) and other techniques (silk screening, sculpture, etc.)
4) Finally, for readers who prefer further reading on certain subjects, a thorough reference index serves the purpose.
This book targets professional and serious artists, and will serve well as a great reference book.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!
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on October 21, 1998
Probably the best, most available and comprehensive book on the technical aspects of painting. Very useful for artists who pursue absolute soundness of technique with a mind for permanence of their work. Explains in detail the wide range of supports, grounds, primers, pigments, media and application methods, as well as their respective benefits and defects. Certainly not for the casual reader.
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on January 23, 2002
it was a required book at a county college. once i got it i realized it was very informative. it has very good information and i refer to it all the time. the professor said it would be our "bible for art" and he was right. it has techniques such as how to do egg tempra, suggestions on types of paints, etc. i would highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2003
This is the Artist's classic, and the Artist's Bible of not only what materials are but when they came into use, how they are formulated and why. Want to learn how to make your own gesso for silverpoint? Want to cut a quill pen? Want to make your own pastels? Can't remember how to make your own sizing or gesso? Want to try your hand at encaustic or egg tempera painting? Want to know which colors in the spectrum are likely to fade (are fugitive colors) in watercolor and which are not? It's here.
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on April 13, 1999
If I could recommend one book to artists looking for a serious reference to materials, materials handling, and how to produce work that will last through the centuries, this is it.
One reviewer complained that it's just so much paper--"a publisher's dream." Yes, but what great paper it is!
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on February 6, 2000
After 50 years of painting I still find this book the most used book in my library of art materials and technigues books. An artist may as well be without his brushes as to be without this book. The help on difficult to answer questions is a wonderful resource in the studio.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 1998
A publisher's dream...lotsa paper and words and text. But very short on clear, concise instructions on how to do the things this book describes...NO graphics to demonstrate the content
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on January 13, 2004
Libro indispensable para un pintor profesional que desee buenos resultados en la tecnica de los materiales. Recetas e información tecnica para elaborar cualquier medio pictórico
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