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ARC Review: The Crafty Chica Creates by Kathy Cano Marillo

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Publishing Date: January 4, 2022


The Crafty Chica is back! In The New Crafty Chica Collection, a revised and expanded edition of the original book, Kathy Cano Murillo brings her vibrant style to Latino-centric art and craft projects galore.

With completely new projects joining previous favorites, get fun techniques for painting, sewing, mixed media, clay, and paper crafts, and learn how to incorporate recycled materials into artwork. The projects and techniques are ideal for all skill levels. New to this book are projects such as:
A layered resin art piece

A hanging sacred heart sculpture

Mexican pan dulce jewelry made from polymer clay
A shrug made from Mexican scarves
A tote created from an embroidered blouse
Hand-stitched journals

Stamped clay dishes

And much more
Embrace the Latino culture or connect with your cultural roots by making beautiful crafts with the Queen of Latina Style. You’ll discover:
Innovative ways to work with a wide range of materials, including polymer and air-dry clay, resin, wood, and fabric
How to fully embrace vivid color palettes

Ways of repurposing everyday supplies into gorgeous art pieces that make great gifts
Great techniques for sculpting, sewing, painting, and embellishing that will boost skills and confidence
Join the Crafty Chica and create exciting, engaging art today.

My Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an enjoyable and very colorful (which I loved) book of craft and art inspiration. While I won’t use a lot of the projects as-is, I can definitely see myself drawing inspiration from some of them for my own art. I especially loved the Frida Kahlo fiesta placemats. As a quick flip-through inspiration book I think it’s excellent. The instructions for the projects were a bit sparse for those of us not as familiar with Latin culture and art, but there was enough to get the gist of the projects and adapt for my own use.

*Thanks to NetGalley and Quarry Books for providing an e-arc for review.

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