Big-Ass Book of Crafts Book Review

Hi guys!

I’m still trying to get the hang of this “posting at regular intervals” thing…I seem to be suffering from long-time-no-post syndrome. Please bear with me though, because I’m really enjoying this blogging thing!

Anyway, I have been working on a project that I really hope to post here soon, but…it’s not finished yet. In the meantime, I’d love for you guys to see another HIGHLY recommended book from my collection.

The above silhouette plate is just one of the projects I have made from Mark Montano’s FABULOUS “Big-Ass Book of Crafts.” I really can’t say quite enough about how AWESOME this book is, but, I sure will try.

Before I begin, here’s the lowdown on the bird. As Mark Montano recommended, I found a nice silhouette image through Google’s Image Search feature (I am pretty sure I just searched “bird silhouette”). I found a clear glass plate at the dollar store, and I taped the printed image of the bird to the inside of the plate, with the image facing the back of the plate. From there, you just “back paint” the plate (I used plain ol’ acrylic craft paint), let it dry, and spray some kind of acrylic sealer on it when you’re done. There you go, a satisfying project for less than $2 (maybe $5 if you don’t have the paint or the sealer lying around).

And now onto the book!

This book is, I would venture to say, the sure cure for crafter’s block. If you really want to get those creative juices flowing, but nothing seems to be coming to mind for you to do, this book will have an answer for you. Pretty much all of the projects in here are on the kooky/cool side, and I really love that. You really will think to yourself  while scanning through this book,  “What an awesome idea! I never would have thought to do THAT with THAT!”

Mark’s projects run the gamut from low key to semi-intense, in terms of the equipment, energy output, and time commitment. That is, the projects range from “let’s get out the paint, glue,  and popsicle sticks” to “break out the jigsaw and tin snips.” But, this is not a book in which you could find only one project to interest you. Even if you just get inspiration from this book, and make your own adjustments to Mark’s instructions, you will find information contained in this book to be a great jumping-off point. For instance, there is an entire chapter in this book entitled “Can I Have a Light?” The whole chapter is about making lamps, lampshades, and any other variation on the theme. He makes these great crazy light accent pieces out of straws, old silverware, recycled 2-liter soda bottles, wire mesh from the hardware store etc. I promise you, you will never look at light fixtures the same way ever again.

And, speaking of the chapters, all of the book’s chapters have really clever names (the plate above came from the “Dishing it Out” section) and funny little introductions from the author. You really get to see the author’s creative, fun loving side, and it just brings an added touch of warmth and personality to the book.

This gigantic tome really is as “Big-Ass” as it claims to be. There are chapters about making all sorts of wall art, chapters on making tables for your home, breakfast trays for entertaining guests, scarves, window treatments, assorted items to entertain kids, and so on and so on.

Mark really is a craft guru, and a nice guy too. I loved his book so much that I emailed him from the contact information on his website www.markmontano.com. If you’ll believe it, he responded in about 2 hours! And this guy is busy too. So, he’s classy, organized, AND crafty!

Anyway, in my opinion, this book is a really worthwhile purchase, either for yourself, or for the other crafty people in your life. Go out and get craftin’!

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