"Primitives," writes Vizzone, "are meant to look as though they might have been pulled out of a forgotten attic." Vizzone's mantra is "keep it simple," but that's not always easy with this craft, for it involves "grunging," cooking in the oven, dying "murky mixes," and felting with secret formulas. She tries to keep instructions simple, but her tips, scattered like ashes throughout, often warn about the drawbacks of going primitive. Vizzone's subslogan is "No rules, only guidelines." She claims this craft is about breaking the rules: thus, the distressed and dirty looks, the jolie laide quality of primitive art projects. She spreads her discussion of tools of the trade—adhesives, stains, doll maker's needles, etc.—over four pages as part of the 24 pages dedicated to the craft itself before launching into her eclectic projects. These include a wall quilt with cranky crows, black word, and a wool runner with a willow. Each project details material, cutting, and constructions. The book's layout appeals with antiquated touches.