Celebrating Women's History Month won't be complete without taking a look at some of the spectacular work created by women in the art and publishing world. Many of us were raised on these illustrations. A whole generation enjoyed books and reading as the favored diversion -- there were no TVs, computers or other visual medias. Enjoy these samples from the book! February 23, 2015
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Dover passed along this book right at the right time -- our 20th Annual Designing Women edition! Marilyn Monroe was an icon of the silver screen picture era, and what a great addition to this year's "Women's History" month celebration . . . sample photos, and a lot more in the Bookshelf February 21, 2015
We believe, vintage images evolk memories of by-gone days. Mostly created in the Victorian era, these collections illustrate high talent in simpler times -- when artists could afford to spend the time for such art. Now they are at your disposal for graphic design projects, cards or decorations. Even if you don't actually use any of the cuts, they'll provide some excellent resource materials that are copyright free. They're low cost, and provide the ready-to-go January 14, 2015
What little girl has not dreamed of becoming a princess ... or the Dutchess -- and what little boy hasn't dreamed of becoming the Prince, or even the King of England. Well, these paper dolls and coloring books aren't just about kids. They're a good source of creative ideas for fashion and heraldery! See full size samples from : KATE: The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge Marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton Kings and Queens of England Diana, Princess of Wales: The Charity Auction Dresses January 5, 2015
2014 was a great year for Photo Apps, and we're predicting that 2015 will be better yet. By all means, please send us your reviews or favorites so we can share as well and have fun testing these:
- Magic Hour Lite - Camera & Unlimited Filter
- Social Network for Amateur Photographers
- Hyperlapse from Instagram
- Repost for Instagram
- Camera360 Ultimate
- Photo Reflection
- and MORE ...
From the Art Nouveau period, famous fables and tales were enjoying a true revival, and of course those books had to have cover illustrations and plates that would tell the story. These artists have delighted a dozen generations -- yet their work seems as fresh and inviting as it did the day the books hit the shelves. These were some of the leaders of the "golden age of illustration" -- Please enjoy these from Arthur Rackham, Warwick Goble, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Willy Pogány November 30, 2014
There's lots of fun awaiting you in the discovery of snowflakes as an art. Yes, paper folding, cutting and decorating is not just fun but inspirational as well. Here's my holiday list of inexpensive books ... plus a Video to get those creative juices flowing:
- Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl
- Snowflakes for all Seasons: 72 Fold & Cut Paper Snowflakes
- Easy-to-Make Decorative Paper Snowflakes
- Rocky Mountain Snowflakes, New Edition
- Snowflakes: Creative Paper Cutouts
- Snowflake Origami: They Sparkle!
- Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes
- ... and more!
We don't often show such juvinile stuff, but really, this is some fun stuff. You may not get any graphic arts benefits from these at all -- but you will have a great time, and some laughs with the kids! The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Coloring and Activity Book Creative Haven Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Book Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes Chanukah Coloring Book A Christmas Treasury
... and more! November 20, 2014
There's really nothing better than hand-made art, and the holidays is the perfect time to get your hands dirty and make some cool stuff! Right! So, I'd like to get you fired up to make some art! You can get started on these: Christmas Holiday Origami Christmas Crafts Fun Kit Make Your Own Greeting Cards Claus Kids Christmas Coloring Book
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 13, 2014
Probably one of the most fun things we do each year is go hunting for fun and visual inspiration -- the arts and crafts for the holiday. Take a break from your serious design and romp through some kids stuff! So, I'd like to introduce you to these low cost creations :: Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book The Spirits of Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Book 3-D Coloring Book - Here Comes Santa Claus!
And, I'll share full sized samples from each! November 8, 2014