April 24, 2017 by Zoë
Yellow Owl Workshop’s Make it Yours by Christine Schmidt is a book about printing on things. All sorts of things: clothes, furniture, shoes, cookies. But it’s not just about simple printing. There are all sorts of projects in this book. Some make use of more traditional stamping techniques while others rely on tracing and others on freestyle hand drawing.
I appreciated the wide variety of projects. From one book, you can learn all sorts of different techniques. The author has clearly also put in effort to include all sorts of projects. There aren’t just textile-based projects, but also several to do with pottery and containers and the more far-flung projects such as the cookie decorating. (A nice surprise for me, since I love baking.)
The projects are also at a variety of skill levels, which is helpful for people just getting started. I will say, though, that the advanced projects are very intimidating and call for very specialized materials. This makes sense, because if you want to make something impressive (like a decorated chest of drawers), it’s going to take a lot of effort and special supplies. However, you should know before going into it that some of the projects are seriously advanced.
The other drawback is that printing and drawing can sometimes look amateurish, particularly if you don’t have a knack for hand drawing. So, like with any craft book, be sure to pick your projects carefully and practice helps!
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.