This is definitely a how-to-do-it book, and as such fills a specific need-for tray painting has become one of the most popular ways in which the craftsman with an urge for creative design has found outlets. It is an old art, and in later chapters Miss Murray touches lightly on the historical background. But the major part of her text deals with surfaces, backgrounds, finishes; with equipment and tools and their care; with design, and the techniques of metal leaf; with the decorative influence of stencil, and the freehand techniques. She gives some attention to reverse design of glass panels, though with less enthusiasm. Heirloom pieces, for restoration where possible are then considered. Modern design is touched on lightly.