Floorcloth Magic

Floorcloth Magic - Gardening Book

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Floorcloth Magic
How to Paint Canvas Rugs for Decorative Home Use

by Lisa Curry Mair

ISBN 1-58017-405-1
144 pages; 8 7/8" x 9; Full-color photographs and illustrations thoughout; Paperback with French flaps.

Create beautiful art underfoot for any room in your house.

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 décor. 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.

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.

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 restore 18th century carriage house in Vermont.

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