The Painter's Handbook

The Painter's Handbook

A Complete Reference

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
Much more than just another guide to artists’ materials, The Painter’s Handbook is an amazingly useful resource, with information on everything from the canvas up: the canvas itself, plus paper, sizes and grounds, pigments and binders, solvents and thinners, varnishes and preservatives. Dozens of step-by-step recipes for make-it-yourself paints, pastels, varnishes, gessoes, sizes, supports, and equipment take this indispensable guide way beyond the competition. Authoritatively written by Mark David Gottsegen, chair of the federal government’s ASTM committee on artist’s materials, the revised Painter’s Handbook considers the enormous changes in the art-materials world since the first edition was published in 1993. New materials, new health issues, new information on outmoded and even harmful supplies and practices mean that every painter needs a copy of The Painter’s Handbook.

Baker & Taylor
A comprehensive, up-to-date resource offers information on a wide range of art materials; contains recipes for homemade paints; discusses the characteristics of different types of paints, pigments, canvases, grounds, papers, solvents, varnishes, and preservatives; covers new products on the market; and offers instruction in a variety of techniques and methods of application. Original.

Book News
This thorough and detailed reference for artists and conservators was originally published in 1993; and it was definitely due for an update to incorporate information about the numerous products that have been introduced as well as new ideas about products and procedures arising from new scientific knowledge, the author's own experiments and experiences with lightfastness and other characteristics, and increased interest in craft and conservation issues. Coverage begins with chapters on the basics: tools and equipment for the artist, supports, grounds, binders, solvents and thinners, varnishes, driers, preservatives, and retarders, and pigments. The next section covers paint making and painting methods: oil and water-thinned paints, temperas, encaustic, pastel, synthetic binders, and mural paints and techniques. The final chapters address picture protection and conservation and restoration. A glossary, list of suppliers, and a bibliography round out the book. Much information is presented in tables, and line drawings support the text where appropriate. Health and safety issues are given their due. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, 2006
Edition: Rev. and expanded ed
ISBN: 9780823034963
Branch Call Number: 751 GOT
Characteristics: 357 p. :,ill. ;,26 cm.


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