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Artist breaks world record for largest solo drawing

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image captionThe artist spent 12 hours breaking the record

The woman who pioneered the adult colouring book trend has broken the world record for the largest drawing by an individual.

Aberdeenshire artist Johanna Basford OBE has found fame with her intricate work.

She returned to her former school, Ellon Academy, to spend 12 hours creating the huge floral image on rolls of paper on the floor of the gym hall.

The finished work measured more than 501 sq m (5,395 sq ft).

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She described the aim of the "nerve-wracking" record-breaking challenge as dispelling the fear some people feel when faced with a blank sheet of paper.

Johanna - who studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee - said: "I want to encourage people to put their phones down and pick their pencils up.

"Art is a wonderful way to recharge and relax, something we all need to do more of."

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A Guinness World Record judge was in attendance to measure and verify the attempt.

The previous record was held by Megha Harsha at more than 455 sq m (4,900 sq ft) in India, overtaking Aman Singh Gulati.

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  • Art
  • World records
  • Drawing

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