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Painted Furniture Book Reviews- Annie Sloan's Inspirations In Painted Furniture

Inspirations In Painted Furniture was published in 1999, written by painter Annie Sloan who works and teaches specialized painting workshops in the United States, Europe, and England. Inspirations in Painted Furniture is one of over 20 books Sloan has published making her one of the most recognized specialty painters in her field.   Inspirations In Painted Furniture was one of Sloan's earliest books in her career of publishing, and it features some rather dated techniques, but it still has a small collection of valuable tips that can be applied to today's interior design and furniture painting.  This book features over 90 specially decorated pieces of furniture, and has some great instructions regarding basic faux techniques but fails to really show any high-end finished pieces with the painted finishes.  I am sure Sloan has evolved over the years with her techniques just like any painter does. The basic techniques such as dragging, combing and sponging are great basic techniques, but often are shown in most painting how-to books with bright colors in ways any decorator wouldn't feature.  It is the same with this book, and almost every other book on faux painting that you will find.  One example of this I find in most painting books is using a grain roller to make faux wood grain with green paint. Where do we get green or purple wood in nature?

Sloan's freehand motifs featured on page 97 were very inspiring. Many of these free hand motifs could be used to create the painted finishes that are often found on early American colony furniture.  This book is a little dated, but does have a few great tips within it.  The faux Marquetry techniques found on pages 116 -117 are absolutely genius. Sloan details a simple way of re-creating traditional marquetry using decoupage techniques. Most everyone has access to drawer lining paper in their local stores which often come in faux woods such as burl, oak, and mahogany.  Sloan's idea of cutting out traditional floral designs out of these drawer liners is a way of achieving a higher end look with very little money.  Marquetry is often found on antique bombe chests, and french commodes, and with her technique a person could create a fabulous entry table, or a painted bombe chest can have the potential to look like an expensive antique.  I do look forward to reading some of her many books on decorating and painting, as her newest book just came out in April 2010. I hope you enjoy some of excerpts from her book Inspirations In Painted Furniture....

Inspirations In Painted furniture Annie Sloan

Book Review From --Amy Handy -Open the first half of this volume to any page and you'll find multiple treatments of the same basic item type (beds, cupboards, chests, candlesticks, trays, frames, lamps), along with descriptions of the methods used on each one. The book's second half explains equipment and surface preparation, then offers extensive step-by-step coverage of many paint techniques, including all the expected ones (sponging, marbling, stenciling, graining, and the like) plus some unusual looks (incising, liming, tortoiseshell, faux marquetry). Even the common approaches are often given a twist, such as stamping with found objects, creating a tartan effect with combing, or using compositional decoupage for a narrative scene. Some of Sloan's examples require a degree of experience, but many (particularly those on smaller objects) can be tackled by the novice. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inspirations In Painted Furniture (1999) Painter Author Annie Sloan

Inspirations In Painted Furniture (1999) Painter Author Annie Sloan

Inspirations In Painted Furniture (1999) Painter Author Annie Sloan

Inspirations In Painted Furniture (1999) Faux Wood Techniques Painter Author Annie Sloan

Inspirations In Painted Furniture (1999) Faux Marble Painting Techniques Painter Author Annie Sloan

Inspirations In Painted Furniture (1999) Faux Marble Painting Technique Painter Author Annie Sloan

Inspirations In Painted Furniture (1999) Painter Author Annie Sloan

Inspirations In Painted Furniture (1999) Painter Author Annie Sloan

Inspirations In Painted Furniture (1999) Painter Author Annie Sloan

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Sloans Faux Marquetry Technique

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