Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Embroidered Art Nouveau Quilt

Since Art Nouveau is one of our best-selling categories, we've seen our clip art used in many different and amazing ways. Today, I'd like to share a tutorial from Vicki's Fabric Creations that incorporates a lot of our favorite things here at Dover- Art Nouveau, embroidery, and quilting!

While the images in this tutorial admittedly are not ours, this tutorial should serve as the perfect jumping off point for your own unique and beautiful quilt.

Monday, January 27, 2014

This Week's Featured Collection: Art Nouveau Floral Designs

Offering art work that is alive as nature itself, DoverPictura.com's Art Nouveau images are some of our most popular downloads. And it's easy to see why- just take a look at our bestselling Art Nouveau clip art collections!

But this week, we'd also like to feature one of our lesser known Art Nouveau collections: Art Nouveau Floral Designs. Imagine what you can do with these 101 lovely, vibrantly colored illustrations, originally created by one of the great masters of the Art Nouveau style, delicately interpret an enormous variety of floral designs.

Intricately woven images of fanciful blossoms in blue, gold, salmon, and other rich color combinations are perfect for textiles and wallpapers, and also offer splendid ideas for mosaics and stained glass.

For instant access to this gorgeous collection, download them all for $12.99! You can also purchase individual image sheets for only $0.99 each.

Maybe we'll see this collection on our next list of best-sellers!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Vintage Valentine Basket

Here's an adorable paper basket using a popular image from our Vintage Valentines collection.

Says Shelley of the Paper and Flowers blog:

After I had the basket with the blue angel sitting on my desk for a couple days, I got to thinking that these baskets would make good Teacher's gifts for Valentines Day! To make this basket more in line for Valentine's Day, I used pink, white, and red streamers at the bottom of the basket. I also used pink and white beads on the handle.

Click through to see the full post and link to a tutorial.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Featured Collection: Vintage Valentines

Considered by many to be the most romantic day of the year, Valentine's Day is also one of the most fun to craft for! Sweethearts of all ages will have a blast creating cards and other sentimental gifts for loved ones using our wide assortment of Valentine clip art.

This week's featured collection is Vintage Valentines. Drawn from authentic valentines of the early 20th century, this selection of romantic greetings includes postcards and valentine-based die cuts of apple-cheeked children, cherubs, cupids, bouquets, and adorable animals. In addition to traditional Victorian-influenced styles, these illustrations include popular retro images that circulated in the '40s, '50s, and later. 

Download all 230 images for only $12.99 or purchase individual image sheets for only $0.99 each- you'll have instant access to your images so get your glue stick ready!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Decoupage Birds on Glass

DIY Show Off shares this quick and easy tutorial for creating adorable bird decor. All you need is decoupage glue and a brush, a few glass bottles or jars, and your favorite bird clip art. We have plenty of beautiful bird clip art to choose from- available by the sheet for as little as $.99!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Featured Collection: Birds

Celebrate National Bird Day and the beauty of birds as a source of inspiration by putting a bird on it! DoverPictura can help. We have remarkable collections of rare and unique bird clip art and designs for your next crafting or web project...you can even download them by the individual image sheet! View all of our aviary clip art and let your imagination take flight!

This week's featured collection is Birds. Assembled from sources as diverse as the realistic paintings of John James Audubon and the fanciful creations of Edward Lear, this compilation includes more than 200 color and black-and-white images of birds. The paintings, spot motifs, patterns, and other images are reproduced as high-quality, color-profiled JPG files. 

Download them all for $19.99 or purchase individual image sheets for only $1.99 - $2.99 each.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Featured Collection: Banners, Ribbons and Scrolls

With the new year comes resolutions to get organized- and we here at DoverPictura think these sorts of projects always go faster when you do them with style!

That's why this week's featured collection is Banners, Ribbons and Scrolls. More than 300 beautifully drawn embellishments,  each selected from authentic 19th-century sources and presented in an array of artistic styles.  Wouldn't some of these designs look lovely as a bookplate, or for labeling things around your home?

You can download the full collection of 48 image sheets for only $12.99 or any individual image sheet for just $0.99. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Holidays are over, winter's still here...

January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany, it's perfect that it lands on a Monday because in my house growing up it signified the end of the holiday season—back to school, back to work, back to the ball & chain. But after the initial shock of a return to the grind calmed down, the really pleasant aspect of the season would quickly dawn on us—Winter! Best of all seasons in New England!

When that really cold weather set in we were like little wolverines —our activity levels went through the roof— in inverse ratio to the temperature outside. Below is a photo of my dog, Honeybear, demonstrating this wolverine-like, cold-weather energy.

Juliana Trotta and I were thinking about this kind of seasonal, wacky energy a couple of years ago when we put together the Winter Motifs collection (also known as Photoshop Brushes and Creative Tools: Winter). We collected lots of different types of winter images, and converted them into a set of Photoshop tools—brushes and vector shapes, then threw in a bunch of Photoshop styles and painterly brushes to complete the kit. It's such a diverse group of images that you can really create some radically different feels: 

A mad dash down the slopes...

A party on the pond....

or a social mixer for the polar bears and penguins...

or a primordial get-together in the woods—

or perhaps just a quiet little outing on the day after the snowstorm—

Anyway, take a minute and check out the collection:

And stay warm!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tutorial Round Up: Let it Snow! Snowflake Crafts for Every Skill Level

Those of us at the Dover Publications offices are hunkering down for a huge snowstorm- already schools are closed, roads are treacherous, and we're wondering how to keep ourselves and our families from going completely stir crazy!


Then we thought, rather than fight the winter chill, why not embrace it? Inspired by one of our newest additions to DoverPictura, Snowflakes Vector Designs, here's a round up of tutorials to inspire you to beat cabin fever with a little crafting! Use these ideas as a jumping off point to create something truly unique- afterall, like snowflakes, no two crafts are exactly alike!


EASY: Snowflake Stones with Bling


MEDIUM: Dollar Store Snowflake Decor

DIFFICULT: (but still not too challenging!) Felt Snowflake Banner