9 Arts & Crafts Books To Help You Make Awesome Creations

If you’re suffering from a little work or world burnout and want both a distraction and something creative to do, then this list is for you. These books will teach you new crafts to get your hands and your imagination working, and you’ll find yourself relaxed and surrounded by tons of art in no time.

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1. Faerie Knitting: 14 Tales of Love and Magic by Alice Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman

This brilliant book combines stories and crafts. Faerie Knitting is a collection of fourteen original fairy tales about love, loss, trust, perseverance, and a magical garment. Each tale incorporates a magical accessory representing the values and qualities of the heroine, and the book includes a original knitting pattern so you can make it yourself! This is definitely the perfect book for lovers of books and of knitting, as it takes both concepts and combines them to make the stories more tangible and the creations more meaningful.

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2. Pyrography Workbook: A Complete Guide to the Art of Woodburning by Sue Walters

Okay, you should definitely be careful with this one and follow all the safety instructions included within, but if you love fire and art, then this book might be for you! Pyrography is a Victorian art that means to draw with fire. Walters covers inspiration and practical information for both novices and advanced burners, and she will teach you how to prepare your wood, select materials, and finish your project. The book is highly-detailed and very informative, and numerous techniques are covered and taught. If you’re interests, check out Pyrography Workbook! Just please be careful.

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3. Mixed Media Mosaics: Techniques and Projects Using Polymer Clay Tiles, Beads, & Other Embellishments by Laurie Mika

This is another book that will help you through the whole crafting process. Mixed Media Mosaics will teach you how to make your own tiles with polymer clay, so that you can control the shape, size, color, texture and make your tiles just how you want them. You’ll learn traditional tiling techniques, how to work with grout, how to cut glass tiles, and then you can let your imagination run wild and make whatever you want! Do you want to give your mosaics a regal look? This book covers mica powders, and how you can use them to do just that. Do you want to paint? Make molds and cast your own relief tiles? Text tiles? Or add some beads, jewelry, or other embellishments to your artwork? Check out this book!

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4. F*ck Off, I’m Coloring! Swear Word Coloring Book by Adult Coloring Books

Okay, this one is a little less about learning something new, but it’s still an awesome way to get your creative juices flowing and give your brain a break. All while laughing at the brilliance of this book. If you’re an adult who’s got both a little anger at the world and some colored pencils, this is the book for you! This book has forty creative and complex pictures which you can color in to your heart’s content, helping you relax and let off some steam. And the “classic and wonderfully original ideas, exclamations, and swear words” in the designs that you get color in don’t hurt either. Go check this out and have fun!

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5. Whimsical Stitches: A Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy

With Amigurumi, the Japanese art of crochet design, any crocheter, novice or advanced, can create these adorable little cuddly creations. Whimsical Stitches includes easy-to-follow patterns, pictures, and instructions so in no time you’ll have one of these amazing crafts to call your own. Espy has divided the patterns into five themes: In the Garden, At the Aquarium, Down on the Farm, At the Bakery, and At the Market. You’ll be able to explore a variety of fun and creative patterns and projects.

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6. Karakuri: How to Make Mechanical Paper Models That Move by Keisuke Saka and translated by Eri Hamaji

Karakuri are traditional Japanese mechanized puppets, and this book will teach you the intricacies—gears, cranks, cams, levers, etc.—behind these amazing creations. It includes pull-out pages so you can make your own while following the detailed and informative instructions and diagrams. Karakuri will also teach you about the physics behind how the puppets move and operate, so you actually learn about how it works and you’re not just following instructions blindly. If you’ve got a creative and imaginative spirit and a analytical mind ready to learn, this is the book for you!

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7. Swiss Army Knife Whittling Book: Fun, Easy-to-Make Projects with Your Swiss Army Knife by Chris Lubkemann

This is another craft to be cautious about, but when you’ve learned how to turn nothing but a twig, a few minutes, and a Swiss Army Knife into forty-three unique, creative, useful objects, it’ll be worth it. This book includes step-by-step instructions for whittling basically everything, like utensils, knitting needles, a bow and arrow, animals, coasters, and so much more. Lubkemann also provides advice and information on how to choose your wood, how to sharpen your blade, and how to safely control your knife. So get those creative wheels turning, and learn how to whittle!

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8. Beeswax Alchemy: How to Make Your Own Soap, Candles, Balms, Creams, and Salves from the Hive by Petra Ahnert

No, this isn’t actually magic, though it might as well be from how cool it sounds. Apiarist Petra Ahnert will teach you about the history of beeswax and how to mold it into stunning and useful creations. The book includes step-by-step instructions for making candles, balms, salves, creams, scrubs, soaps, ornaments, art, and more out of beeswax. You can follow along with the beautiful pictures while you make the most amazing crafts. And if you’re slightly scared of bees or don’t want to intrude on their space, don’t worry, you can use store-bought beeswax. Go check this book out!

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9. Macramé: The Craft of Creative Knotting for Your Home written by Fanny Zedenius with photography by Kim Lighbody

Macramé, using knots to create intricate creations, is a fascinating and complex craft. Zedenius will teach you what you need to get started and about the thirty most popular knots, and she provides tips on how to combine different knots to make different and unique patterns. She also gives advice on how to hang and display your creations so you can show off your hard work. And that’s not all—this book covers how to ombré dye your creations, how to cleverly fray them, and how to add beads for even more creativity. If you’re at a loss where to start, you can just follow the instructions of one of the twenty-two projects, including “impressive wall-hangings, a beautiful table runner and napkins, whimsical dream catchers, and pretty plant hangers.” If you’re looking to up your home décor game with some DIY crafts, this book is for you!

These nine books will take you through a variety of crafts and skills, teaching you and guiding you through the tricky parts and giving you instructions on how to start. So get your game face on, take a break from work, dust off the creative part of your brain, and spend some time learning how to make these brilliant creations!

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Creative Bookish Activities for World Art Day

Today is World Art Day and it’s time to get creative. Art Day, a celebration of the fine arts, promotes the awareness of creative activity worldwide (Wikipedia.) So, to celebrate this day and escape the boredom of quarantine, here are some book-related creative things you can do.

1.Book Spine Poetry 

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Line up the spines of your books so that they look like lines of poems. You can rearrange the book spines to make all sorts of different poems. This is a good possible way to spark creativity and continue writing real poetry. 


2. Typography  

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We all have quotes from songs and books that we love, so why not use them as a basis for being creative? Get out your pens and paints to draw your favorite quotes!

3. Remake a cover of your favorite book 


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Find your favorite book and make a new cover of it using your own individual artistry. You could make your own cover using your favorite scene of the book or draw how you imagined the characters.  

4. Art Journaling 

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Open up your journal and start a collage, almost like a vision board. You can make anything your theme, from your favorite quote, aesthetic, or towards a certain goal you have. Be creative and find things around the house to chart your life.

5. Find a writing prompt on Pinterest and go crazy

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There are so many great writing prompts to inspire writing on Pinterest. These ideas really get your mind flowing but most importantly, get you writing. You can find prompts for creative writing, nonfiction writing, and even journaling about your life.

Whatever you do to be creative for this day, we hope it gives you a little bit of joy during these hard times. So grab your brushes, colored pencils, pens, and anything else you may need to celebrate World Art Day and get crackin’!

We would love to see what you create! Take a picture of what you make and tag us on Twitter and Instagram!

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This Interactive Short Story Will Make You Feel Things

Ever wanted to choose your own profound and horrifying sci-fi adventure? This article is for you.

“With Those We Love Alive” is a strange, deeply atmospheric short story, told a few pieces at a time. You are an artificer, drawn into the service of the Skull Queen. The magic is strange and tangible, and though you don’t see much of the world, you get an impression of its vastness. Live the luminous sense of listless terror made ambiance through the simple but powerful backgrounds, the eerie soundtrack, and the world’s uneasy details. Wander the palace and the city. Look on the outer world. You will be prompted to hold your breath. Look. Look away. Draw all over yourself (cue weird looks from the rest of the editorial team).


Please don’t judge my lack of art skills

You make many choices, shape the world, or does it shape you? The pull of the plot is inexorable, subtle. This is a land of monsters, of gruesome beauty, and unlike any fantasy world you’ve ever seen. You will come to feel trapped. You will come to realize you are terribly in love. With a sense of both choice and inevitability, walk through this place, the palace of the Skull Queen, her city, and see what it makes you. Find an ending as sudden and vibrant as the rest of the story, and etch each choice into your skin.

Eerie, gorgeous, and coolly violent, this story will stay with you long after the sigils you’re instructed to draw have faded.

Things you’ll need: headphones, a marker or pen.

See other people’s sigils here.


Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Tom Holland, and Others Stand Against Piracy

Everyone needs to stop pirating books. That’s means me – especially me – and you, and the person next to you, and the people who don’t read this article.


Creativity creates worlds

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Creativity is meant to be experienced, but we live in a capitalist society, in which people need to make money, and sadly, by artists’ work being distributed for free, they lose out. And you know what happens if they lose money? All those books and other creative works we love will no longer we accessible.

Thankfully people are fighting back.

This isn’t the say that musicians and filmmakers aren’t fighting back, but on the literary side,  we have Philip Pullman.


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Philip Pullman, author of the famed His Dark Materials trilogy, and president of the Society of Authors, sent a letter to Greg Clark, the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy specifically about ebook piracy, and he’s not alone.

Others include novelists Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman, Tom Holland, author of In The Shadow of the Sword, Joanna Trollope, author of A Village Affair, Malorie Blackman author of Black and White, and poet Wendy Cope (If I Don’t Know) and historian Antony Beevor (Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943), along with twenty-eight other authors.


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That means THIRTY-FOUR authors wrote to the UK’s Secretary of State to talk about ebook piracy – specifically its growing relevancy and how it hurts the writing industry.


Holy cow Batman!

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That’s right Robin, Holy Cow.

What did they have to say? Well, it might scare you.

“We are concerned that websites offering illegal downloads of books are becoming increasingly prevalent,” the letter reads, “We do not want to give any of these sites publicity by naming them here, but they can easily be found”.

The letter goes on to cite its sources, kids, noting that that the growth of online book piracy could “make it even harder for authors to make a living from their work”. If that wasn’t scary enough, The Guardian wrote nine months ago how, “[b]ased on a standard thirty-five-hour week, the average full-time writer earns only £5.73 [$7.49] per hour, £2 [$2.61] less than the UK minimum wage for those over twenty-five.”

This is in thanks to ebooks. If publishers can’t get back their money by publishing books, then why give the authors the money they deserve? Why give them any money at all?

“This will harm writers and readers alike – if authors can no longer afford to write, the supply of new writing will inevitably dry up.”

This isn’t hyperbole, this is straight honest truth. It’s hard to listen to, we might not want to hear it, but we have to. There’s a reason all these authors, all thirty-four of them, wrote to the UK’s secretary of state, “calling on [him] to take action against the blight of online book piracy” because if creative people don’t get paid for their work, then they have to spend less time being creative. That means we get even less books, writings, and other creative works.


Creativity is leaving us

Gregg Clark hasn’t given a response, yet, but we sure hopes that after his words comes quick, decisive action because, even though we might not like it, creativity and business go hand in hand in our society. Ironically, piracy is so easy because creative works are all around us, but if piracy were to continue then there WILL NOT be anywhere near as many creative works around us.


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