Happy Monday! It stormed all weekend long and I managed to curl up with a book and a cup of tea during a naptime or two, which puts me in the mood for some book chat. Today’s book would be perfect inspiration for a rainy weekend!
Next up… Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff, by Christine Schmidt
“Transform everyday objects into handcrafted pieces to wear, share, and display.”
Start date: 4/19/2017
Finish date: 4/22/2017
Source: Blogging for Books
Putting your stamp on something you use every day makes it so much more special, don’t you think? This book from Yellow Owl Workshop is full of ideas and printmaking techniques to do just that, with modern flair that doesn’t look too arts-and-craftsy (as Tim Gunn would say).
The chapters are well-organized by types of patterns, from geometric to flora and fauna, covering a wide range of techniques from printmaking to stamps to decoupage and cake decorating. I’ve been interested but intimidated by a few of these techniques in the past, but these projects seem like a no-fuss introduction to get your feet wet.
A few other things I appreciate:
- clear step-by-step photos
- friendly tone that makes each craft approachable.
- 30+ projects, along with suggestions for additional projects using each method
- a quick rundown at the beginning of each project to lay out the difficult level, approximate time, “remix” ideas to use the technique in a different way, and a list of materials
- most of the supplies are readily available, like using food coloring to make dyed washi wrapping paper (Although with online shopping it’s easier than ever to get your hands on a certain supply and you don’t need a specialty art store around the corner to make these projects doable.)
- templates for artwork are in the back, if you don’t feel up to designing or freehanding original patterns
The real test of any craft book, though, is whether I’d actually make any of the crafts. The ideas that spark my interest are varied: a gold leaf art deco dresser, plaid tote, monogram leather clutch, animal tessellation stamp, iron on applique, shibori indigo dyed curtains, and glass marker plate… but will I actually make any of them? I definitely want to try out the glass marker plate, and perhaps the gold leafing too (although nowadays I’m limited on time and energy to try new things). But if any of these printmaking techniques sound inspiring to you, this is a good place to start!
Find out more about the author and Yellow Owl Workshop here, or find Make It Yours on the publisher’s website or Amazon!
***I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.***The Amateur Librarian is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.