Book Review: Pulp Fiction, Author: Mark Montano

Reported by Amy Anderson

I always get tickled when Mark Montano releases a new book – if I had to choose a crafting idol, he would be the one.  It’s a little like a pre-teen getting the latest issue of Tiger Beat with Justin Bieber on the cover, only there is a lot less obsessing and screaming.  I’m honored to be one of the first to review Pulp Fiction: Perfect Paper Projects by Mark – published by Design Originals.  Mark and I have something big in common: we LOVE paper.  It’s my favorite medium too (paired with Mod Podge, of course).  The fun part about this book review was browsing all of the Mod Podge projects.  Nearly all of them use our favorite decoupage glue!  Per usual, Mark’s projects are brilliant and I find myself asking “why didn’t I think of that.”  Here are my five favorite things about this book.

1.  The use of book pages.  I typically forget how fantastic book pages are as a decoupage paper.  They look fabulous in mixed media, on journals, furniture… so many uses.  They are so perfect – Mark shows you how to use them to their best potential with decoupage.

2.  Mark’s techniques with lace.  I always think of lace as old-fashioned, and I certainly never think of bringing it into my craft projects.  His take on lace is a little different, and I appreciate that.  Let’s just say that I’m reconsidering lace.

3.  The budget aspect.  Let’s face it, Mark is the budget project king.  This book follows suite with his others in that most of these use household goodies, and if they don’t you’ll be spending a few pennies to make the project.  They are “cheap” projects that look like a million bucks.

4.  Sewing on paper.  Like using book pages, I ALWAYS forget about sewing on paper.  I love the technique – love, love, love.  There’s a project in this book that will really inspire you to bust out your sewing machine and get cracking.  I’m now thinking “what paper can I sew?”

5.  The double print IKEA table.  It’s a secret process that is super cool, and no, I can’t tell you what it is.  You have to buy the book to learn about my favorite project in it.  The best part is that it’s sealed with Mod Podge.  This is why we love Mark.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of this for yourself and your favorite Mod Podger.  Pulp Fiction is just as awesome as  his “Big Ass” series, and the projects are so unique.  A lot of designers tend to find their “schtick” (myself included) and stick with it.  A read through this book may help you start to think outside your comfort zone a little.  It did me.

Have you read Mark Montano’s latest offering? Do you have his previous books? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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10 Responses to Book Review: Pulp Fiction, Author: Mark Montano

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    Scrapycandy May 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Very interesting review!

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    Amy May 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I have never even heard of Mark or his books!! Thanks for the review, this is a definite MUST check out!!

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    Susie May 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    I hope they will release this for Kindle. If not I’ll be buying it for sure.

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    Eileen Hull May 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Amy- you have me intrigued. Will check out Mark’s book. Thanks!

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    SuZeQ May 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    I’ve never heard of Mark’s books but don’t you just know, I’ll be on the lookout soon. Very interesting!

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    Bandon, Oregon May 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Oh my Goodness… I haven’t seen any of Marks Books… it looks wayyyy interesting in your pictures. I love paper crafts and looks like I NEED this book….


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    Jolanda May 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    just by looking at the cover makes me intrigued to see the projects

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    Yvonne May 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm #


    I have his Big Ass Craft book and love it. I want the Pulp Fiction book.

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    designer pens box May 23, 2011 at 3:55 am #

    so fashion!

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    billiejo May 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Another really great book from Mark! It is definitely being added to my wish list. I’d love to see what the secret double print process is. LOL!