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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

Hector and the search for happiness’ is a sweet, thought provoking novel written by the French psychiatrist FrancoisLelord. The main character, Hector, is a psychiatrist who suddenly wakes up from the tedium of his extremely routinely life. He feels a fraud for counselling people who never seemed to get any happier and he starts questioning himself about what happiness really is. He decides to embark on a journey around the world in search of the true meaning of it. The book is a little gem with a pleasant and engaging style. It offers food for thoughts and interesting suggestions for

Cross stitch is gaining a renewed popularity among crafters and makers. It is easy, relaxing and very effective. Also, it doesn’t require too many complicated tools or resources, so it’s a relatively cheap craft to try. Cross stitch projects are often sold as kits, but you can also purchase basic supplies and come up with your own project. Kids can easily have a go, but it is a very satisfying activity for adults too. This craft is nothing else than a form of counted thread embroidery that has been around for ages, and it is for sure one of the

In this very peculiar moment of forced isolation, art can be an anchor that keeps us afloat, comforting and soothing. It is for me, at least. I spend a great part of my day in front of my laptop’s screen and I have put Sunghrie III by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham as my background on the screen desktop. It is my favourite piece in our collection.  The Gallery is relatively small and people don’t always realise that the collection consists of thousands of pieces and they are all fully accessible online