Crafting Creativity: 52 brilliant ideas for awakening the artistic genius within

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Infinite Ideas, Mar 21, 2008 - Self-Help - 272 pages
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Remember when you were a kid, and would happily spend hours creating a collage to present to your mum and dad? Children are often happiest when left alone with creative materials – they let their imagination take over and come up with some wonderful ideas. But as we grow up we often lose touch with our creative side as 'real' life takes over and we find we have no time to do the washing up, let alone sit down and create something beautiful just for its own sake. Creativity doesn't just fade away though, and increasingly people are turning back to their favourite childhood arts and crafts skills in order to relax and rediscover themselves. Crafting creativity is the perfect handbook for anyone looking to expand or re-awaken their creative side, and is packed with inspiring ideas and advice for creating something really special, whatever you're into – the only limits to what you can create are those in your imagination!
 

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Contents

1 So thats why they call it a craft
1
2 Go forth and multiply
5
3 Start a new arts and crafts movement
9
4 The scrapbook of your mind
13
5 Playing with your food
17
6 A promise a commitment a dream
23
7 Cartoon character in a carton
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8 Confused by colour? Get in a spin
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29 Target practice
133
30 A room with a view
137
31 Devise a deck and deal in design
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32 Mixing and matching
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escape into shape
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34 Sharing it with the group
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35 Patterns to set your pulses racing
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36 If life is a journey am I on the right train?
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9 Creator as curator
37
10 Take yourself out of the picture
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11 Brave new tabletop worlds
47
12 Taking the rough with the smooth
53
13 Different dimensions strange new worlds
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14 The joiner at his workbench the potter at her wheel
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15 Go nuts for dough
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16 No man is an island
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17 Putting a brave face on it
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18 When words fail you whats a picture worth?
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19 Solo exhibition
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20 Concentration capturing the essence
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21 Works like a charm
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22 Painting with daylight
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23 Spelling it out the JOY of colourful language
103
24 Take a tip from the top
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25 Take a leaf out of natures book
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26 Just close your eyes and youll see
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27 Pulling the strings hand in glove
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28 Same bird different feathers
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37 Judging a book by its cover
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38 Breaking the sound barrier
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39 I had a brilliant idea but I lost it
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40 Telling a triptych tale
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41 Fabric softener
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42 Chocolate teacups and plasticine chairs
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43 One two three oclock four oclock rock
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44 Making an exhibition of yourself
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45 Textile treasure trove
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46 One craftsperson many crafts
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47 Manageable makeovers
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48 Get pixelated
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49 Help yourself to some history
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50 Space the final frontier
221
51 The most important thing youll ever make
225
52 All dressed up and somewhere to go
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The end
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Index
235
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