Friday, April 16, 2021

Wonder Walls: How to Paint Colorful Geometrics, Graphic Lettering, Decorative Textures Other Techniques to Create a Space You Love

Wonder Walls is a cool tutorial and style guide with lots of punchy graphics and painting ideas by Roxy Prima & Phoebe Cornog. Due out 9th Nov 2021 from Storey, it's 224 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats. 

I adore paint. It's (relatively) inexpensive, it can make a huge (or subtle) statement. Paint can change an entire look and pull a room together with judicious use. If the look isn't as pleasing, it's easy to paint over or start again. This is a book of really *inspired* and easy to utilize designs for nearly every taste.The authors have an accessible and friendly encouraging style of writing and the tutorials are clearly written and easy to follow.

The book's introductory chapters cover design, tools, supplies, and transferring ideas from readers' heads to their working surfaces. The first tutorial chapter is very thorough and goes through the entire process step-by-step. It's clearly and understandably written and covers prepping, priming (or not), painting, different surfaces, and more. There's also a short photo instruction on troubleshooting non-traditional areas and how painting can maximize the potential of dark galley kitchens, small bedrooms, and bathrooms without windows. 

The following chapters contain the complete tutorials. Each tutorial contains lots of color photos, a sidebar with info on skill level, tools and supplies, and average costs involved. All of the steps are delineated and the painting instructions are numbered sequentially and are easy to follow. Most of the projects are on statement walls, but not all. The final tutorials are for non-wall items including a post-box, painted door mat, bentwood chairs, and a breakfast tray. 

Tutorial measurements are given in American standard; there's a metric conversion chart included in the back of the book. There will be links to online resources for templates from the authors in the final release version of the book, they're not included in the review copy of the book.There will also be an index. 

Five stars. This is a very well presented, graphically appealing book and it would make a superlative choice for library acquisition, maker's groups, youth mural projects, and the home library. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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