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This ‘Derailing My Train of Thought’ Book Sculpture is Perfect

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Derailing My Train of Thought by Thomas Wightman

Whatever you think of book art, there’s no denying the talent and thought that has gone into this book sculpture I stumbled upon yesterday. I’ve seen lots of book art in the years running FRA but never quite something as immensely detailed as ‘Derailing My Train of Thought’, a bookish art project by Thomas Wightman.

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6 Sweary Adult Colouring Books to Release the Stress

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Sometimes life can get just a bit too much and we need an outlet… Somewhere to release the pent up stress and irritation. Occasionally even reading doesn’t help, what with all the negative thoughts floating about our heads, distracting us from truly being absorbed by our favourite books.

This is where a bit of colouring in can help, even if you just stab at the page with a red pencil while screaming obscenities. Regular colouring books are good, adult colouring books are great, but colouring books that swear along with you? They are THE BEST.

Just take a look…

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This DIY Enchanted Rose from Beauty and the Beast will Light up Your Life

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We’d all love an Enchanted Rose like the one that appears in Beauty and the Beast, but sadly we’re not all capable of great magic! Thankfully that doesn’t matter any more as we’ve found a tutorial to make your own Enchanted Rose (no magic required).

The finished effect is stunning, but it’s also fairly simple to make. If you’re planning a Beauty and the Beast inspired birthday party, or even a themed bedroom, this enchanted rose will make the perfect addition. It’s lovely! Read More

Eerie Book Cover Artwork by John Holmes

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British artist John Holmes was born in London where he lived all his life except for time he spent in the Royal Air Force. In 1965 John saw a notice about further education for working men which, supported by a bursary from Royal Society of Arts, led him to gain a place at the London College of Printing. His work was at first abstract and he gained an exhibition place at the Raille Gallery; later, possibly inspired by an accident involving his daughter where she was badly scalded, his work involved more figurative shapes and images. It was at this point he was commissioned to produce art for album covers, book covers, and illustrations for various publications. The 1970s saw him produce some of his most famous works for the literary scene: Germaine Greer absolutely loved his artwork for The Female Eunuch, and his styling certainly fit well with the horror and disturbing imagination of H.P. Lovecraft, and Fontana’s Horror Series.

We collated a selection of our favourite covers from this period… But beware, they are rather disturbing for sensitive souls… Don’t get nightmares…

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Simon Callow Reads from The Canterbury Tales

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Simon Callow is best known as an actor, on screen and in theatres; many of you will recognise him from his role as Charles Dickens in Doctor Who (2005 and 2011), or as the voice of Grasshopper in the 1996 film adaptation of James and the Giant Peach.

I adore his silky smooth voice, and wonderfully English manner, so I was thrilled when I came across his reading of an excerpt of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

The Folio Society provides such lusciously illustrated versions of popular books: The Canterbury Tales was wonderfully crafted by illustrator Eric Gill, and boasts many sumptuous designs to feast our eyes upon. The price tag is quite steep at nearly £400, but other versions are available (see links under the video).

We can see the stunning, unique collector’s edition, read by Simon Callow, in the video below.

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Zentangle Your Life, Readers

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All of us- students, teachers, readers, writers, artists have one important thing in common- the need to focus. Today, it seems difficult to calm the nerves when we are bogged down under piles of reading, deadlines to meet, or examination pressure. And let’s not even mention the lack of time and enthusiasm for any leisurely creative activity.

One can meditate, but it does not seem to be everybody’s cup of tea. You can sing or dance, but may be you have two left feet. You might want to take up a sport or painting or a musical instrument but that requires quite a bit of financial investment. Read More

Make Your Own Gifts for Book Lovers

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If you love reading, and you love being a bit crafty then making your own bookish goodies and gifts can be fun and rewarding. Hand made gifts are always treasured, add in a literary twist and what more could you want?

This selection of little gits and arts you can make yourself is lovely. It was originally uploaded for Christmas but with Easter on the way, some of these are pretty simple and effective, particularly if you’re giving books for gifts too! Read More

Last Known Sketch of Dylan Thomas Donated to Swansea Collection

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One of the last known sketches sat for by Dylan Thomas has been gifted to a collection in Swansea. The sketch was drawn by Welsh-Canadian artist, Gordon Stuart and is the last known art drawn during the poet’s lifetime.

Dylan Thomas sat for the sketch after a chance meeting in Laugharne, where the poet’s famous boathouse and writing shed stand, and was drawn just before Thomas left for New York where he died in 1953. Read More