Book at a Glance:
Book Title: Your Sharpie Style: 75 Original Sharpie Craft Projects to Design Your Home and Your Life
Written by: Deborah Green
Book Genre: Craft
Book Format: I read the paperback
My Vote: 3 Thumbs Up: Borrow it or Rent it
Did Book Meet Title Expectations?
No, the book did not meet title expectations. The book’s title and the Sharpie pens pictured on both the front and back covers next to finished projects led me to believe that all 75 projects in the book used the traditional Sharpie office pens. However, after taking a closer look, I realized this was not the case. The first indication of this came from the back cover with the last sentence in the first paragraph mentioning the use of “a variety of Sharpie pens, from oil-based and water-based markers to paint pens and more.” A look at the book’s table of contents did not show the projects divided up by pen types nor did any of the projects have notation indicating a specific marker type requirement. Still confused about this, I read the first few pages in the book and on page 8, I found my answer. Here is a quote:
For the projects in this book you will need three different types of markers: The classic permanent markers, oil-based paint markers, and the “Stained by Sharpie” fabric markers.
Before reading this book, I thought Sharpie only made the classic permanent markers you see in office settings. However, after more research, I’ve learned that Sharpie has a whole catalog of markers and that the type of Sharpie you need depends on your craft project and the type of material it uses.
In the book, the only way to know which type of Sharpie pen or marker is used for a project is to turn to that project’s actual page and see what type of marker(s) is listed in a box titled, “You Will Need.” It would have been helpful if there was an indication of the required marker type that did not require you to turn to each individual project.
Also, please know that if you are gifting this book, readers may not be able to re-create all of the 75 projects in the book without investing in more Sharpie products.
This craft book instantly caught my eye. I saw the title and the picture of a glass holding a bunch of Sharpies in it. The idea of drawing on crafts using Sharpie pens sounded great. You see, I have a rather large collection of Sharpies (I came across a great sale last year, what can I say?) – and finding a way to use them creatively during my drawing time was too intriguing to pass up.
It was when I had time to pour over the book that I realized the back cover mentions something I had missed – while the 75 projects did use Sharpie pens, they used different types of Sharpie pens.
I did not know, until reading this book, that Sharpie actually has a whole catalog of different pens. I didn’t catch this when I initially saw the book, even though I looked at both the front and back covers and skimmed the back text. Additionally, on both the front and back cover the only Sharpie product shown in the photographs is the permanent office style Sharpie pen. In the end, this was totally an oversight on my part, but it none-the-less proved disappointing.
For those who are interested in my research, Sharpie not only has the more common permanent marker, but they also have water-based inks and oil-based inks. This discovery prompted me to look on their website. I’m still wondering if the permanent markers are water-based or oil-based though. (If you know, please tell me in the comments!).
While this book has some helpful techniques and advice that taught me a few interesting tips, especially in the front part of the book (Tools and Materials: Markers, pages 8-10; Techniques, pages 11-14), I did not connect with the style of the finished projects.
With that said, I consider this a worth while book to check out of the library, either for general reading or for beginner research/reference material.
If you like your Sharpie family of markers or you like experimenting with different drawing surfaces, you will probably find some interesting tidbits. Also, if you are looking for a gift idea, this could be a fun basket item or stocking stuffer, especially for a crafter who may not have access to the Internet but who likes to make crafts.
Meg’s Content Cautions:
Overall, this is a creative book with family-friendly projects.
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Favorite Project Notes:
This book did not have projects that stood out to me like I normally find in craft books. I think this is because I didn’t find the drawing style of the finished projects inspiring. Otherwise, I’d already have several finished works of Sharpie art, I am sure. If anything stood out, it would be the concept of using Sharpie markers to draw on fun surfaces, but this is something I had an interest in before picking up the book.
General Book Information:
Book Genre: Craft
Book Length: Approx. 144 pages
Number of Projects: Approx. 75 Projects
Base Verse: None.
Inside Book Pictures: Yes. Each project has a full-color photograph of the finished project and each project has a sketch or two to help with certain instructions.
Part of a series: No.
Series Name: N/A
Book Format: I read the paperback.
How I Found It: I came across the book in my search for fun craft books.
Publication Date: 2016
Book ISBN: 978-0-0624-3483-8
Book Publisher: William Morrow
Printed in: China
Where to Buy and Borrow:
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Author FAQs: Want to learn more about the author?
Name: Deborah Green