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Trompe l'Oeil Stenciling

by Jocelyn Kerr Holding

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Freehand trompe l'oeil can be quite a challenging undertaking, but using stencils to achieve a similar effect makes the process more approachable. Rounded or dimensional forms can be made to look quite convincing with the right shading and color gradations, and the use of multiple overlays facilitates a more three-dimensional look than does single-step stenciling. Unfortunately, this book is a fairly dull presentation on what could be an exciting and lively technique. The author explains some basic stenciling principles, with brief discussions of cutting and coloring multistep stencils, then offers a series of "projects" that are in fact not step-by-step directions but more general coverage of how to paint such standard fare as bowls of fruit, candlesticks, trailing vines, plates on shelves, and architectonic motifs. Her colors are often either too muddy or a bit garish, and her renderings frequently unconvincing. And although each finished design is illustrated in color, it simply floats on the page, rather than in some context of a room or a piece of furniture, leaving readers entirely on their own to imagine how to transplant the images off the page and into their homes. --Amy Handy

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