2016 Elections : Now you can dress and undress your favorite candidates Trump, Clinton, or Sanders, or all three!

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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! June 14, 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

Vintage Valentine's Cuts copyright free clip art on CD-ROM

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 27, 2016

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

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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

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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 Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!

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LITTLE DID I KNOW over the past several years of evangelizing coloring books for kids, I was scooping in a thoroughly adult market -- with a cause, even! Spiked has posted an article about the trend toward "infantilising" -- and we're also told that the popularisation of the idea of wellbeing is itself culturally significant. Okay . . . so color on! November 28, 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