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

Take Donald Trump's or Hillary Clinton's clothes off . . .

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You've talked about it all year! Now you can take action and express the moods and moves of your favorite candidate! Yes, pass the time this summer dressing and undressing Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump -- or if you're a collector, get all three! Bet you've wondered how Bernie would look in some of her culottes! It's fun for kids and fun for political mavins of all ages! September 28, 2016

Techellations : crazy tesserlation patterns that dazzle the eye and the imagination! Color them

In celebration of the upcoming August 5th "National Coloring Day" we're showing some of our favorite experiences -- whether it's for creative inspiration or just the love of coloring complicated, detailed patterns -- by any name -- these tessellations or techellations will make you crazy with glee! August 3, 2016

Adult Coloring Day : enjoy geometric patterns, crazy backgrounds, and awesome geoscapes

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These geometric pattern books are not just coloring books for adults -- they can be an endless source for ideas and decorative inspiration. Many of these are so extravagant they may even defy understanding until they're colorized. The "Ornaments & Designs" book comes with a CD ROM filled with files you can copy, print modify for literally an endless supply of patterns. August 2, 2016

Designing Logos : what really endures as good logo design?

Everyone and their brother seems to a logo designer and logo design expert these days, no matter how much (or little) experience they've had -- and without the slightest mention of a formal education. Blogs hum, faceless unknowns pontificate logo design, and there's even a "logo of the day" site. One popular logo blogger has climbed to unimaginable popularity with "lists" of logos regurgitated from other people's sites and no content of his own. Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn buzz with "logo designing" experts from all over the world. I searched for Logo Design and got 40-million hits. It's amazing. August 2, 2016

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, 2016

What does Freedom mean to you?

WIN collectible graphic design, photography, Photoshop, web design books from our treasured collection just by telling us what freedom means to YOU. July 1, 2016

Art Nouveau and Victorian Color Palettes in Graphic Design - and era of decorative arts

Let's take a look at the real value of building color palettes from the past. The Art Nouveau and Victorian periods were so rich in color, and decorative qualities that they hold a cherished place in art history. Try your hand at utilizing those color combinations to develop your own... just in time for spring! March 31, 2016

Marilyn Monroe, August 1953: The Lost LOOK Photos

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 29, 2016