Olaya Balcells

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How Illuminated Manuscripts Were Created During the Middle Ages

In an increasingly paperless world, it's easy to forget books were once precious objects that were works of art unto themselves. Long before the industrial printing press, hand-crafted manuscripts were painstakingly precise pieces of art that catered to an elite society where only a precious few …

Homemade leather balm by Marie from Humblebee & Me

Nice and natural, sent to me by Sue. Thank you Sue!Find the video above and the recipe, a great description of the process, and loads more on this …

Homemade

10+ Bookbinding Techniques for Mini Albums

Do you like to make your own mini albums from scratch? If you’re looking for some new ways to make books, check out this comprehensive listing of …

Albums

The Art And Business Of Bookbinding With Lisa Van Pelt

<b>Print is definitely not dead, and in fact, beautiful print books are having a renaissance</b>. In today's show, I discuss the art and business of …

Writing

8 of the best notebooks for fountain pen users

Every day, people are discovering, or rediscovering, the joy of writing something down with a real pen on real paper. But what are the best notebooks …

Fountain Pens

13 Gifts for Book Lovers That Are Actually Cool, Chic, and Stylish

"It's lit." — your reading light, and also this list.<p>In an era of Netflix and Chill, it can be hard to find a moment to sit down with a book and actually use your eyeballs to read words vs. gaze into the abyss that is your computer. But there are still those among us who enjoy the ancient art of …

Perfect Bound Paperback Notebook

THIS PROJECT IS ENTERED INTO THE 'PAPER' CONTEST. IF YOU ENJOYED IT PLEASE CONSIDERING GIVING ME A VOTE! JUST CLICK 'VOTE' ABOVE ↑In this …

Harry Potter

A Rescued Orphan Elephant Conquers Her Fear of Water With the Help of Her Loving Adopted Human

In 2016, we wrote about a preview for the BBC Earth/PBS show <i>Nature’s Miracle Orphans</i> in which a growing baby elephant named Moyo was causing absolute …

Book Towns Are Made for Book Lovers

Around the world, tiny towns have made bookstores their speciality.<p>What makes a book town?<p>It can’t be too big—not a city, but a genuine town, usually …

medievalbooks

One of the fundamental things in a medieval book is letters – those symbols that fill up page after page and that make up meaning. Each one of us …

Ancient History

boxed traces...

A continuum of connections with the past...like reading the pages of a diary from another time and place... part of you but detached...drifting …

han-made bookbinding — The Fables of Æsop

Plant Bible Revival: The Conservation of a 15th-Century Herbal, Then and Now

This magnificent 15th-century herbal, which has been in The Met collection for 73 years, was among the most damaged of the 186 books I treated thanks …

10+ Old Souls Of Elderly Dogs Captured By Nancy LeVine

Nancy Le Vine is a senior dog photographer who believes old canines should be celebrated in all their dignity, wisdom and unconditional love. Today …

Pets

9 Consejos para Hacer las Mejores Fotos a la Luz de las Velas

Hacer fotografías a la luz de las velas puede convertirse en todo <b>un reto para cualquier fotógrafo</b>, sobre todo si eres principiante y aún no dominas a …

Why Knights Fought Snails in the Margins of Medieval Books | Colossal

<p>When thinking of a symbolic foe to battle in a medieval book, many creatures come to mind: dragons, wolves, or perhaps rabbits, but the poor …

Books

Three-Dimensional Landscapes Formed with Layered Acrylic Photographs by Nobuhiro Nakanishi | Colossal

<p>Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi creates sculptural works that attempt to preserve a singular moment in the natural world, capturing deeply …

Art

Remove Sticky Labels From Glass With Whatever Oil You Have on Hand

Glass jars and bottles are infinitely reusable, but the label doesn’t always stay applicable for very long. Luckily, the cheapest method for removing …

Mysterious paper sculptures

Those of you who don’t keep up with Edinburgh’s literary world through Twitter may have missed the recent spate of mysterious paper sculptures …

Tessellated Origami Sculptures by Goran Konjevod | Colossal

<p>Origami artist Goran Konjevod brings an extensive background in mathematics and theoretical computer science into the folds of his elegant paper …

Art

15+ Online Art Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Week

This week, why not learn something new? Research shows that gaining a new skill helps to keep your brain sharp. In fact, in a study about memory, a group of 200 older people made the biggest leap in memory improvement when they learned digital photography and Photoshop.<p>Of course, that’s not the …

Framing

3 Ejercicios para Mejorar tu Técnica Fotográfica de un Modo Sencillo

Cuando alguien empieza en el mundo de la fotografía es habitual que tenga muchas ganas de aprender, sobre todo si ve que los resultados van …

Bruce Eric Kaplan’s “Man’s Best Friend”

“It’s not about the dogs,” Bruce Eric Kaplan says, about his cover for this week’s magazine. “It’s about the people who own the dogs. I was in New York recently and I got stuck on the sidewalk. I couldn’t move. No matter where I turned, there was someone with a dog, blocking the way. Here in Los …

Pets

How To Build A Garden Trellis From Start To Finish

Trellises are a nice way of filling an empty space in a garden or back yard. They’re really easy to build and they also offer other advantages. For …

Woodworking

NASA Research Says These Are the Best Air-Purifying Plants

Plants play a key role in our mental and physical health—from helping us focus and beautifying indoor spaces, to maybe helping us live longer. And …

Pro Tips: Create a Perfect Gallery Wall

Charmed by walls filled with art and collections, but aren’t sure how to get started with your own? Design your layout before the first nail hits the paint with 12 tips that’ll help you create the perfect gallery wall.<p>Don’t stress out about spacing and shapes—a little advance planning can turn your …

Make a Pretty Woven Necklace with Beadwork

Try your hand at weaving with a fun small-scale project—make yourself a pretty woven necklace with beadwork!<p>You don’t need special equipment to pick up this new craft skill. Grab some cotton twine and a handful of beads in your favorite color, and you’ll have a unique piece of jewelry in no …

10 Dreamy Parisian Homes

Paris, also known as "The City of Light", is a breathtaking city. Full of incredible architecture, savory food, delicious wine, and legendary art, it is a guarantee that you will enjoy yourself in this romantic city.<p>Step inside ten chic Parisian homes that we can't get enough of.

Interior Design