Title: Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yourself
Author: Christine Schmidt
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Publishers
“My intention was to get you to think critically like a designer and teach you the skills you need so you can adapt the techniques to make awesomely personal goods that suit you,” Christine Schmidt writes in the introduction to her book, Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make It Yourself: Patterns and Inspirations to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff.
~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-ninety-two pages, this oversized paperback with folding cover flaps targets do-it-yourself crafters. After an introduction of studio essentials, six chapters of crafts are followed by templates, two appendices, principles, resources, further reading, acknowledgments, and an index.
The six divisions cover abstract and geometric patterns, everyday patterns, custom motifs, occasions and celebrations, flora and fauna, and travel-inspired patterns. From dyed washer paper, a carve-a-stamp, monogram leather clutch, drawing with chocolate, animal tessellation, and a mud cloth pillow, over thirty projects are given. Each design has the time, level of difficulty, type of learning skill, remix, and materials in a column on the left side of the page with a description, numbered instructions, and photographs on the rest of the opened pages.
Having a degree in art, I love working with different mediums, including working with tie-dying silk. I like the layout and plethora of information and suggestions in this book as it helps both the novice and seasoned artist. The projects that I may try are stamped clay ornaments, wax seal, and the DIY delftware. With the materials needed listed, the book gave me more ideas as I have never worked with embossing powder, Saral transfer paper, and solar dye and wash. I love that the book included the vast array of templates and explanation of materials and tools at the back.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like DIY crafts or creating homemade items will shy away from this designer book. Others who learn by visuals may wish there were more details and photographs of the steps to each project.
~ Who ~
Artist and founder of a paper goods company, Schmidt is also an author of several books with her company’s products sold worldwide.
~ Wish ~
I wish more than thirty projects were included in this well-written book. Unlike the author, I use vinegar and a microwave to set my dyes into the silk.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a step-by-step guide on stamping, stenciling, and customizing creative items, this is a keeper.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
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