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Creative coloring apps for designers and illustrators of all ages

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Recently we've had an "adult coloring" thread going, looking at all aspects of grown-up coloring books. Of course with the adult coloring fad, the app developers would jump in on the act. So, here we'll take a look at several apps for your mobile device that simulate real-world coloring. December 20, 2015

Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time ... inspiration for artists and visionaries

When James Gurney's Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time first appeared in 1992, it was immediately hailed as a fully imagined world of the caliber of J. R. R. Tolkien's! Gurney's premise — of an undiscovered island where a race of mystical humans co-exists in harmony with intelligent dinosaurs — has been since reiterated over and over in numerous films and by scores of other writers. December 18, 2015

64 Mandala coloring pages get you started in the art of soothing coloring therapy

monk-the-sand

Did you read my article about visiting Drepung Loseling Monks to watch as they created mandalas from colored sand! Now that "adult coloring" has become in vogue, our collection of samples from Mandala coloring books becomes right in style! Here are 64 free sheets you can try, and then buy the coloring book that offers more of your favorites! December 7, 2015

Mandalas - an age old art form finds new life in today's society

monk-the-sand

ONCE UPON A TIME, I had the pleasant occasion to view a sand mandala being painted by the monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama in Tibet, India. I was wrapped in awe as I stood watching the painting unfold -- receiving a real-world lesson that art isn't just for the eye of the beholder -- but for body and soul as well. December 7, 2015

Color and Art Therapy for Grown Ups -- Makes Anyone an Artist

Adult coloring is a recent fad, and they're even saying it's good therapy! Well, there's nothing new about that. We've known about the value of creative activities for decades. But it's not just about coloring. This can be a unique and fruitful source of creative massage. Take a look. November 25, 2015

Holiday Musings: projects, crafts, creative activities for all ages

There's nothing like cutting, coloring, pasting, folding and creating fun projects! Turn off your iPhone, shut down your computer, get out the crayons, glue, scissors and colored pencils and have some real-world, real-time fun! There's really nothing like it. Here are just a few suggestions ...

  • My Christmas Tree: An Easy-to-Make Tabletop Model
  • Make Your Own Greeting Cards Paperback
  • Christmas Color by Number
  • A Christmas Treasury

Then you can enjoy the free, downloadable samples, and a gift from Fred! November 25, 2015

Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages

Here are some layout pages to keep the kids occupied today, and for artists, craftspeople, designers, illustrators and other creative inspiration into the future. This classic collection of Thanksgiving art and drawings is not only very low cost, it's all completely editable. The books they represent are a treasure of fun for all. October 31, 2015

Vintage Holiday Photoshop Brushes & Creative Vector Tools

Whether you need to whip out a quick newspaper ad, set up a banner for the mall, order up holiday tshirts, or decorate holiday cards and decorations, you'll be able to create your own clip art in an unlimited supply that are completely copyright free. October 30, 2015

Pope Francis Visits America -- fun and educational

We don't normally show books like this, but under the circumstances I thought it would be a fun inclusion for our October content . . . or for gift giving. Everyone loves the Pope, and here's the opportunity to invite him into your home! September 25, 2015

Steampunk style, resources and amusements

Steampunk Art Nouveau

If you're a fan of the Steampunk style, then you're in for a real treat. Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery ~ set in an Art Nouveau era as an alternate history. With fall and Halloween just around the corner, here's enough reference material to fill all your steampunk fantasies! Included here is a collection of full page samples along with coloring sheets! Enjoy September 5, 2015