Vintage Advertising: the best black & white and color ads from the 1800s to the 1950s

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great projects I've accumulated an archive of classic and vintage advertising and among my favorites are these gems from Dover. You can learn a lot about graphic deaign, typography, graphics and advertising just by studying successful ads from the past. That's why these are such valuable resources for all illustrators and graphic designers -- not to mention anyone in advertising or marketing! Below, you can share a bunch of samples from the books, but you'll want to get the books for your library! They make excellent conversation and idea starters too! Enjoy! November 14, 2017

Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, from the visions of James Gurney

Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara

If you've followed this series, then you need no further introduction! If you haven't followed this, or you know someone who loves fantasy and art, this is well worth your look. I've found Mr. Gurney's works to be spectacular in every respect. You may have seen our review of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time -- I think you'll like this one too! October 30, 2017

Day of the Dead : coloring, stickers, clip art, projects and more

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Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures (more).

The holiday begins on October 31st and ends on November 2nd, and we're happy to present these samples from the Dover collection of ~ Dia de los Muertos ~ Pictorial Archives, Adult Coloring Books, Iron-On Transfer Patterns, Stained Glass and more! October 26, 2017

Graphic Novel: Wandering Star - a beautiful story, written years before its time

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This much-praised space drama follows the far-flung adventures of Casandra, daughter of the President of the United Nations of Earth and the first terran accepted into the Galactic Academy. Casandra discovers to her woe that Earth isn't the most popular of planets and joins the outcasts working on Wandering Star, the Galactic Alliance's prototypical spaceship. When the Bono Kiro, the Alliance's longtime enemy, makes a sudden reappearance, Casandra and her misfit crew just might turn out to be the galaxy's last hope. Sure to delight the legions of fans of the series, this beautiful hardcover edition collects all 21 of the original comics for the first time. September 25, 2017

Graphic Novel: A Sailor's Story

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Graphic novels are the adult counterpart of comics when you were a kid! Today there are some extraordinary graphic novels -- and this is one of them! Golden Age comic book legend Sam Glanzman draws upon his own World War II experiences in this outstanding graphic novel. Hailed by Eisner Award–winning Astro City author Kurt Busiek as "one of the most honest, dedicated and engaging cartoonists in comics history,"
Enjoy our sample pages included! September 25, 2017

Graphic Novel : Border Worlds: A dark and visionary adventure

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WITH HER LIFE IN CHAOS AND NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE, Jenny Woodlore joins her brother's ramshackle trucking business on Chrysalis, a huge floating platform on the edge of the galaxy — only to find herself in the middle of a cosmic conflict that could change the very fabric of the universe. (Sample Pages Below) August 15, 2017

Is it worth 13-bucks to get your print colors to always match your screen colors?

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Investing in your color management is always a good investment -- particularly when you can see your color selections in print. During my DGEF Creative Layout Techniques seminars one of the most frequent questions from attendees was how do your get the print color to look like the screen color? That's always been one of the tough nuts to crack -- and my answer and solution to ALL those screen to print color woes was : See it in print. Period. There is no monitor, and no software that will satisfy your color eye. If this was available then, this would have been what I would recommend. August 14, 2017

National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

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Here we are in the heat of the summer, and National Coloring Day is right upon us! We like to celebrate all week! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! August 1, 2017

Discover the fine arts of rock and stone painting!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

While working up some pages and Creative Tidbits for our Designing Women special I discovered the art of painting stones. I had no idea it is such a popular and wide-spread practiced art and craft. Although searches bring up literally millions of images, it is not a new art. It's one that's been practiced for thousands of years. Here are just a few of the highlights we found.

  • Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
  • How to paint rock mandalas
  • Meditative Mandala Stones
  • The Art of Stone Painting
  • Cindy Thomas Rocks
  • A gallery of pages and samples
February 15, 2017

Make cool stuff with these Creative maker projects -- educational inspiration

free coloring pagesAll ages benefit from making things ... these books will inspire, instruct and nurture the maker in all of us! Young folks particularly will benefit from these hands-on crafts projects from folding paper to carving wood. These are popularly priced, and offer hours and hours of creativity and crafts skills!

  • Action Whirligigs: 25 Easy-to-Do Projects
  • Airigami: Realistic Origami Aircraft
  • Make Your Own Paper Snowflakes
  • Paper Planes Origami Kit
November 28, 2016