Create a Gift-wrapped box icon in Illustrator

Here's another of those great tutorials in Adobe Illustrator from Ainsley Bevis. This time it's a gift-wrapped icon, perfect for the holidays, birthdays, or where ever you need gift wrapping. This is the first of three, so watch this column for the next ones. For now, get started . . . December 9, 2017

Art for the Holidays: clip, stock, reference, coloring and even Christian images

Clip Art and Christian Images

holiday coloring books We've been having a lot of fun discovering and gathering holiday images for coloring, clip art, or just pure creative inspiration. Among this episode are :
fun holiday files Vintage Christmas Clip Art Collection fun holiday files The Miracles of Jesus fun holiday files Nativity Stained Glass
      Hopefully, you've seen all of our other new collections posted over the past few weeks! We'll list them below! If any of these inspire you to make some great art, please snap a quick photo and send it in! The titles where you can get a lot more of these images is after the gallery ... November 28, 2017

Cut-out Design, Color, pasting, songs to play, fun to do and have during the holidays

free coloring pages

holiday coloring books Here are some strong idea-starters to get those creative juices flowing ... as well as visual activities that are just plain fun! All are very inexpensive and will make superb gifts. If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! November 24, 2017

Color and light will illuminate your Holidays with these DYI stained glass coloring pages!

free coloring pages

holiday coloring books All crafts, scrapbook makers, artists and illustrators can get inspiration from these wonderful pieces of art! Enjoy this collection of holiday themed stained glass templates and worksheets -- these books are fantastic, and you'll see the pages are on heavy translucent sheets so after coloring, hang in the window for a stained glass effect. If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! November 15, 2017

Creative Tidbits #220: Creative Tidbits #220: 5 Questions, future of design, design in 2017, getting paid and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

As we ramp down the year, I've got this and one other Creative Tidbit and then it's careening into 2017 with reckless abandon! Please let me know of your favorites from 2016, and what you'd like to see in the new year! It'll be fun for us all ! Enjoy!

  • Five Questions: Graphic designer Gil Shuler has changed the city
  • Universities aren’t the future of design education
  • Website trends that will shape web design in 2017
  • 3 Ways To Get Paid For Your Creativity
  • 36 Days of Type by Sergi Delgado
December 27, 2016

Creative Tidbits #219: street art, white space, art nouveau, lessons in design and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

It's always rewarding to read a young upstart revealing the lessons I've taught in my seminars and workshops for well over two and a half decades. In 2006 Alex White, that famous type and design expert wrote DT&G to explain "white space", now those lessons show up in our Creative Tidbits 219! But there's more and we hope you have a great time . . .

  • Using White Space: How Emptiness Can Give So Much to Design
  • A collection of Art Nouveau doors from around the world
  • The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)
  • Understanding the Power of Visual Advertising
  • Digging the Street Art of Rubén Sánchez
November 29, 2016

Free Adult coloring pages for the holidays and Christmas plus bonus for the kids!

free coloring pages

Following up on our post earlier today, here is another collection of our favorite adult coloring books for the season, along with a whole pile of free coloring pages! This time we also include a cheerful and creative activities book the kids will love ... try some of these tomorrow and you won't need a baby sitter! If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! Here are our titles :

  • Giant Christmas Coloring and Activity Book
  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas Coloring Book
  • Merry Christmas Designs Coloring Book
  • Deluxe Four Seasons Coloring Book
  • Christmas Trees Coloring Book
November 23, 2016

Free coloring pages from classic, modern, vintage, holiday and Christmas Coloring Books

free coloring pages

Any or all of these special coloring books would not only make great gifts, but will amuse everyone for hours while teaching some valuable skills! Most of these are printed on single side, heavy paper, and perforated for easy removal from the book. Have a great time coloring these free pages, and have a wonderful holiday season! Serious adult coloring books!

  • Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Book
  • Snowflake Designs Coloring Book
  • ChristmasScapes Coloring Book
  • Winter Scenes Coloring Book
  • Vintage Christmas Greetings
  • WinterScapes Coloring Book
November 23, 2016

Creative Tidbits #218: Icons, infographics, Black Friday, Podcasts, paper grades and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Well into the holiday season, here are some select holiday goodies, and some other interesting items including those Black Friday infographics! Creative inspiration is where you find it... finding cool stuff over the holidays? Give us a tip!

  • Follow These Three Tips for Designing the Perfect Podcast Icon
  • Do You Know Your (Paper) ABCs? Grade, Basis Weight, and Finish
  • 100 Free Flat Christmas Icons
  • Black Friday Infographic(s)
November 22, 2016

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