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Would you like to make a special paper that turns into flowers? Here is a good way to recycle used paper and make a beautiful magical card for someone special. MATERIAL NEEDED: * Used cartridge paper, cut into tiny pieces * Large bowl of warm water * Biscuits cutters * Blender * Packet of wildflower or other seeds * Absorbent cloths or several layers of felt squares It's easy to make

Cold porcelain clay is an interesting material: simple to make at home, gives great results. It’s malleable and easy to mould, but it becomes hard and plastic-like once it dries. MATERIAL NEEDED: * 1 cup (240ml) Cornflour * 1 cup (240ml) PVA glue * 2 tablespoon of vinegar * 2 tablespoon of cooking oil Would you like to try it? Download the PDF tutorial cold-porcelainDownload

MACRAMÉ  is a fascinating (and slightly complex!) craft.  Understanding and memorising all the different knots can be quite tricky as they rely on particular hand movements, so        ideally you would need somebody to show you those movements. Nevertheless, even the most complex projects are combinations of simpler basic knots that you can practise making. MATERIAL NEEDED: * Any thread you have available, in at least 2 or 3 different colours. Ideally lace making or embroidery thread, but even normal cotton or wool would do. * A pair of scissors * Something to secure  your piece while working (e.g. a piece of sticky tape or a clipboard). Ready for

A MANDALA is a geometric (normally circular) configuration of patterns. In various spiritual traditions, making mandalas is a way to relax, focus attention and a form of meditation. Drawing MANDALAS can help you become more mindful and calm. MATERIAL NEEDED: Fine liners (but if they’re not available, normal pens or felt-tip pens would do too). Paper plates (or alternately circles cut out from a normal sheet of paper/card) Intrigued? Why don't you have a go? Download the PDF tutorial Mandala-doodleDownload

The word "Origami" is a combination of the Japanese word "ori" (to fold) and "gami" (paper) and it is the art of folding paper to create beautiful creature and geometrical shapes. They are an important part of the Japanese culture and popular all over the world. The most common origami models are made from a single folded square of paper. However, when an origami model is made of many pieces folded and joined together, is called modular origami. In Japan, the art of origami is a cultural symbol of simplicity, beauty, and peace. It is a way of creating something

Seed beads are uniformly shaped, spheroidal beads ranging in size from under a millimetre to several millimetres. They are most commonly used for loom and off-loom bead weaving. They may be used for simple stringing, or as spacers between other beads in jewellery. In this activity we combine them with metallic wire that can be used instead of a thread. The wire is a great material that can be modelled and shaped as you prefer, to create different interesting design effects. MATERIAL NEEDED: Pebble or other flat object as base. Thin metal wire. Beads (any colour). If you would like to have

The combination of watercolours and ink in this activity will allow to create a similar effect to stained glass windows. Stained glass gained recognition as a Christian art form sometime in the fourth century as Christians began to build churches. One of the oldest known examples of multiple pieces of coloured glass used in a window were found at St. Paul's Monastery in Jarrow, England, founded in 686 AD. The purpose of stained glass windows in a church was both to enhance the beauty of their setting and to inform the viewer through narrative or symbolism. Why not trying to combine

https://youtu.be/Dm043jAyKhI WELCOME BACK! Falmouth Library is now open with temporary reduced opening times in place as we slowly get back to normal: MONDAY – FRIDAY9.30am – 1pm To keep both staff and customers safe an easy ‘click and collect’ borrowing method has been devised. You can order books browsing online and return books you may have been looking after for many weeks. Some of our services, including computer access and printing will be temporarily unavailable but we are working on bringing them back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Watercolours are water-soluble paints, usually semi-translucent.  In modern times, it is made with gum arabic and a pigment. Historically, watercolours are one of the oldest paints. In use from the Paleolithic to modern street painters, it has proved itself a popular medium for its versatility and affordability. It is an easy and very accessible medium to work with, but at the same time can lead to extremely interesting artistic effects and satisfy even the most professional and exigent artists. It doesn’t require great equipment; it Is not messy and can easily be transported to work en plein air. The quality

This picture has been pinned on the wall in my ‘home’ office for the last fifteen years. If I am in a quandary about something, it reminds me to weigh up the pros and cons. It is the penultimate frame on page 45 of my copy of Tintin in Tibet. It shows Snowy (originally Milou in French) Tintin’s valiant sidekick, wrestling with his conscience as he carries an urgent SOS note but stumbles on a huge bone which he describes to himself as ‘a five-star model!’. Only seven frames before we have seen Tintin sprawled, helplessly unconscious, as a huge