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Valentine's coloring art pages on CD-ROM for young and old alike!

We promised we would be back with Valentine's sentiments ... here is a whole collection to download sending all our readers all our best Valentine's wishes! Coloring is a great way for young ones to learn. But some of those line drawings are quite elegant, and can be a rich experience for sparking ideas. These coloring books from Dover provide some excellent resource materials that are low cost, and provide the ready-to-go art for all ages February 6, 2018

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, 2018

A bit of Christmas history

Few and far between are the denizens of the industrialized world who can escape the secular trappings of the Christmas season, perhaps best exemplified by Santa Claus and his loyal team of nine enchanted (or, at least, telekinetic) reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph -- the latter also sporting the superpower of a hyper-illuminated red nose. December 23, 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

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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!

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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

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

Vintage Copyright-Free Clip Art and graphic design cuts from the 30s, 40s, and 50s

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copyright free clip and cuts If you're old enough to remember clip art, you may have invested in some of these too! I've got an entire bookshelf full of copyright-free reference archive books. As I divest myself of my worldly junk, I wonder what to do with such book collections! But they are entertaining and interesting to flip through, and the art is highly usable for anyone still in the design or marketing fields. Some of these pieces are beautiful -- far more beautiful than you could develop at today's rates! They also make excellent idea starters! 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