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The Big-Ass Book of Crafts Paperback – February 19, 2008
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Take a moment to look at the video. If you are a fan of Mark's work, then you will not be disappointed!
*This book was given to me by the author in return for my honest review*
Back to the shopping mall found in the halls of Amazon. I was looking for more crafts to sew, saw this book and kept going, then came back. Reviews were pretty positive. OK, says I, let's try it, despite the big back area.
Wow, this IS a Big book--373 pages, including index, a list of things the author uses in making his crafts, and a list of resources. The dedication is to "all the people who think they aren't talented or crafty...." Between that dedication and the last of the indexed projects are over 150 different things to make. Author Mark Montano even advises the reader to brace him/herself against being called "artsy-fartsy" by friends and family.
I have examined every single project and found just maybe a dozen I will actually pursue. There is a term that comes to mind concerning the crafts found here: shabby chic. A few examples: that popsicle lampshade, bronze baby sculpture (made out of a doll), painted wood rug, pen flower arrangement, drinking straw starburst hanging lamp, a copper-scouring-pad wine sock, twig chandelier (don't ask), and a felt-leaf window treatment. Just because I don't find these projects desirable doesn't mean the next person won't.
On the other hand, here are some really clever projects:
1. Art switch plates (that cover electrical outlets)
2. 3-D photo looks really fun to do
3. David Hockney photo collage
4. Colorful lace glass plates
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By the way, by far the weirdest and tackiest thing in the book is something called a "Two-Liter Sea-Creature Lamp" -- I'm still not entirely sure what on earth this is supposed to be or how "it's like having a lamp and a pet in one." I like to think I'm at least somewhat imaginative and creative, but this really just looks like exactly what it is: A couple of cut up plastic soda bottles hanging from a light cord. Why anyone, even a child, would find this fascinating or want it in their living space is beyond me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second book of Mark Montano's I have purchased and it is not a disappointment. It is full of great projects that are fun and very creative! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Vicki Tomlinson
I'm a sucker for craft and sewing books. This was no exception. It has many ideas and inspirations to make you want to get your creative gears moving. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Mr. and Mrs. K.
Bought this as a gift for my mother-in-law, has a ton of cool crafts and she's enjoying picking new ones out all of the time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KARCHER
Unfortunately this book didn't live up to its hype. The crafts were either just something that no one would ever use or put in their house but some of them required way more time... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dolly Smith
This book is so fun! Chock-ful-o-crafts and lots of photos to go by.Published 3 months ago by Lisa Belle
Overall Good book! However, I was somewhat disappointed because of the outdated entries,
But still fun to be found here and I'm sure you'll find at least a couple new art... Read more