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December 02 2013

16:38

Limited-Time Holiday Offer: Save $30 on a Vandelay Premier Subscription

Do you want to make more money from your business and save time while doing so? You can do this by purchasing pre-made, professional resources that can be customized to fit the needs of your business. Vandelay Premier offers a wide variety of such resources that can save you time and increase your efficiency including pre-made graphics, html templates, and even legal forms and business documents. While all Premier files are available as one-time purchases, more often than not, a Vandelay Premier subscription–which gives members unlimited access to our entire library of high-quality resources–ends up being a better bargain for most. And this holiday season, you can get an even better deal on Vandelay Premier. Right now, save $30 on an annual subscription to Vandelay Premier. So you can enjoy the entire Vandelay library for a full year for as little as $49.

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So what’s included with a Vandelay Premier subscription? We’ve been updating and beefing up our library this year, so now our library is packed with well over 8,000 files that if purchased separately, would be worth over $3500. It now includes art inspired by the latest design trends out there including sleek badges, trendy flat and long-shadowed icons, and we’ve even added several UI kits too! So as a member, you would enjoy unlimited access to this entire library, plus we’re adding new items each week. All Premier graphics are royalty-free and are available for use on an unlimited number of commercial projects–even on products for sale like website templates.

You get all this for one low price–only $49 for a full year during our holiday special. Here’s just a small taste of what a subscription to Vandelay Premier includes:

Freelance Starter Kit
The Freelance Starter Kit provides a set of invaluable resources that help with many aspects of a design business. This kit includes important items such as contract templates, complete identity sets (letterhead, invoices, proposals, business cards), vital documents, marketing brochures and email newsletter templates, print templates for portfolio books, and much more. All of the items in this kit help you run a more efficient and profitable business.fsk

Menso Light UI Set
Our most popular UI set, the Menso set includes 4 PSD files packed full of important elements for your next website design–all using a beautiful, but simple, color scheme that make this kit versatile for creating many stunning designs. Also available in various color schemes including Metal, Colorful, and Dark.

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Wireframe Pro
An essential for web designers, the Wireframe Pro includes over 400 UI elements that can be used to create your own wireframes and mockups. This set include items such as navigation menus, buttons, sliders, dividers, forms, ribbons, ratings elements, and much more! Chocked full of valuable resources, this mega pack includes a total of 33 PSD files.

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Flatty Mega UI PSD Kit
This new Flatty Mega UI PSD Kit is filled with everything you’d ever need when it comes to user interface resources and app design. Included in this Mega UI PSD Kit are over 200 different user interface elements on five fully layered .psd files. This kit is $29 by itself, so a Vandelay Premier subscription gets you this, plus so much more!

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Vandelay Premier also includes several other UI kits including:
Pistachio Flat UI Set
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Retro UI PSD Kit
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Light UI Set
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and much more!

Contracts
Our most popular items are the essential web contracts. Included with a Premier subscriptions are a Web Design Contract, Graphic Design Contract, Social Media Marketing Services Contract, SEO Services Contract, and more!

Templates
As a freelance artist, you need to be able to sell your designs, so at Vandelay Premier, we offer templates for presenting your work to clients. Here are just a few of our top picks.

Poster Mockup PSDs
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Logo Mockup PSDs
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Colorful Resume template
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Identity Set Mockup
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And that’s just to name a few.


Vectors and Icons
A Premier subscription includes hundreds of icons and vectors to plug into your designs, and we even offer complete logo templates as well.

Simple Icon Buttons
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Minima Icon Set
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Logo Badges
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Several logo templates including Vintage Co. Logo Template

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And many many more to choose from.


Bundles
To offer even more value for our members, we’ve gathered some of our top resources together to create mega bundles filled with brushes, textures, and more–all of which are included in a Vandelay Premier subscription.  Here are a few of these mega bundles.

Premier Photoshop Brushes Bundle 2: The bundle includes 19 sets of premium Photoshop brushes, totaling 270 individual brushes.
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Premier Texture Bundle: A huge bundle of 125 high-resolution (up to 4000 pixels by 3000 pixels) textures that offers a variety of types of textures in one mega pack.
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You’ll get all of this plus sooo much more when you become a Vandelay Premier subscriber. So why not treat yourself this year to something you KNOW you’ll put to good use? (trust us–you’ll thank yourself next year).

Save $30 on a Vandelay Premier Subscription
Want to see more Premier graphics? Browse the Vandelay Art Library

 

August 20 2013

14:42

Our Top 10 Vandelay Premier Downloads of 2013

Are you short on time? Does it seem like your day rushes by, and yet again, you were unable to check off as many items on your to-do list as you had hoped?

If this rings true for you, as it does for most designers, you simply don’t have the time to sort through the virtual piles of online designs to find that ‘needle in a haystack’ to fit your latest design. So we’ve done some of the legwork for you. We’ve sorted through our extensive resources at Vandelay Premier to find what’s popular with web designers to bring you this list of Top 10 Vandelay Premier product picks! So sit back and relax, and enjoy these highlights of what other designers think are our most useful resources.

10. Illustrator Brush Stokes
This is a huge set of 55 art brushes that will allow you to easily create vector brush strokes in Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator Brush Strokes Brushes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Distressed Lines Brushes
This set of 20 Photoshop brushes will come in very handy on your textured, grunge websites,  and hand-drawn websites.

Distressed Lines Brushes

8. Web Dividers PSD
This PSD includes 34 different dividers that can be incorporated into your own designs to separate sections of a layout with an attractive visual style.

Web Dividers PSD

7. HTML Invoice Template
Some designers prefer to use coded pages for invoices, so we have a template that will allow you to easily create an HTML/CSS version of your invoice.

HTML Invoice

6. Social Media Marketing Services Contract
The contract template includes sections for limitation of liability, indemnification, fees, and more–all of which can be easily edited to provide the specific details of the services you are providing.

5. Web Design Contract Template
A detailed contract is a necessity for freelancers and agencies. This thorough contract template allows you to easily input the specifics of your project by providing highlighted instructions in areas where you’ll need to fill in your details.

4. Festival Flyer Template
This textured and grungy template is perfect for promoting a festival, as well as other purposes as well. Just insert your own photo, change the text, and you’ll have a great flyer in no time.

Festival Flyer Template

3. Unplugged Gig Flyer Template
This stylish flyer template was designed with bands and gigs in mind but can be used to promote other types of grungy events as well.

Unplugged Gig Flyer Template

2. Wireframe Pro
As one of our most valuable sets, this set includes a total of well over 400 individual UI elements that can be used to create your own high-quality wireframes and mockups in a matter or minutes.

WireFrame Pro

1. Freelance Starter Kit
This starter kit is our most complete set of resources available on Vandelay Premier, so it’s no wonder it’s our top-selling item. This set includes everything from contract templates and documents to marketing materials and print templates, all of which are too numerous to list here. So for a complete rundown of what’s included, click here.

Freelance Starter Kit

August 02 2013

06:30

Comment To Win: Design Products by j-me for You


  

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August 16 2012

11:07

Introducing the Precio UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

Today we are releasing our latest mega UI set, Precio. This set includes well over 200 individual elements that can be used in your own designs, which can greatly reduce the amount of time needed. Precio includes a wide variety of elements like navigation menus, buttons, ribbons, badges, infographics elements, comment boxes, pricing tables, form fields, media player elements, dividers, progress loaders, ratings elements, calendars and timers, notifications, login forms, testimonial boxes and more.

The goal of Precio is to make it easier and faster for designers to create mockups and website layouts. The full version of Precio includes 4 PSD files loaded with UI elements, and it comes with an extended multi-use license that allows for use on an unlimited number of personal or commercial projects. The premium version costs $19, or if you are a Vandelay Premier member you can download it here.

Here is a preview of the elements included in Precio. Click on the images to view the elements in full-size to be able to see the detail.

Precio UI Set

Precio UI Set

Precio UI Set

Precio UI Set

Precio was designed by Grzegorz Grzelak exclusively for Vandelay Design and Vandelay Premier.

Extended, Multi-Use License: $19

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Precio UI Set, Free Version

In addition to the premium version, Precio also comes in a free version that includes a smaller selection of elements. The free version also comes with the standard license, so even the free resources can be used for commercial projects. The free version can be previewed in the image below (click the image to view it in full size).

Precio UI Set

Download the free version of Precio

You may also be interested in some of our other UI sets:

July 30 2012

11:30

Last Day to Get the Web Designer’s Bundle 2

Web Designer's Bundle 2

UPDATE: The limited time promo for the Web Designer’s Bundle 2 has ended. The resources are still available to Vandelay Premier members. You can learn more about membership here.

This post is just a quick reminder that our current promotion, the Web Designer’s Bundle 2, ends today. With this bundle you can get a huge collection of more than 60 resource packs like UI sets, PSD files, icons, Photoshop brushes, vectors, patterns, text styles, and more. These resources normally sell for a total of $338, but the cost of the bundle is just $29.

If you want to save yourself some time in your web design projects by using these pre-designed elements, pick up the bundle today and save a lot of money. Previews of a few items are shown below. For a full preview of the entire bundle please see the original announcement of the bundle.

Leather UI Set

Leather UI Set

Retro UI Set

Retro UI Set

Website Headers PSD

Website Headers

Distressed Lines Photoshop Brushes

Distressed Lines Brushes

Brush Stroke Corners

Brush Stroke Corners

Metal Text Styles

Metal Text Styles

E-Commerce Icons

E-Commerce Icons

School Icons

School Icons

Vector Icon Set

Vector Icons

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July 18 2012

11:52

Limited Time: Web Designer’s Bundle 2 – $338 of Premium Resources for Just $29

Limited Time: Web Designer’s Bundle 2 – $338 of Premium Resources for Just $29

Web Designer's Bundle 2

If you’re a web designer you’re going to want to check out all of the resources included in this huge bundle. For a limited time (offer ends July 30, 2012) you can get a huge collection of PSD files, icons, brushes, vectors and other resources to use in your own web design projects. For only $29 you can get a library of resources that will save hours and hours of your own valuable time.

Last year we ran a limited time offer on a bundle of resources for web designers, and since the response was so amazing we decided to follow it up with a new offer, this time with even more resources and more value. There is no overlap in resources from last year’s Web Designers Bundle and the new Web Designers Bundle 2, so if you purchased the first one you may also be interested in this one.

This bundle includes a total of 62 resource packs that normally sell for $338 at Vandelay Premier.  But for this limited time the bundle is available for just $29.

Add to Cart

Here is a look at what is included in the Web Designer’s Bundle 2:

PSD Files:

Leather UI Set

Leather UI Set

Retro UI Set

Retro UI Set

Headers with Navigation Menus

Headers with Navigation Menus

E-Commerce UI Set (4 color schemes)

E-Commerce UI Set

Multi-Colored UI Set (4 color schemes)

Multi-Colored UI Set

Glowing UI Set

Glowing UI Set

Sleek Web Elements Pack (dark and light versions)

Sleek Web Elements Pack

Stylish Ribbons PSD

Stylish Ribbons PSD

Ribbons with Jagged Edges PSD

Ribbons with Jagged Edges

Web Shadows – Vol. II

Web Shadows

Website Headers PSD

Website Headers

Slider UI Elements

Slider UI Elements

Resizable Dividers (light and dark)

Resizable Dividers

Retro Web Elements Pack

Retro Web Elements Pack

Retro Badges

Retro Badges

Retro Labels PSD

Retro Labels

Sale Badges and Tags

Sale Badges and Tags

Web Seals

Web Seals

Metal Badges PSD

Metal Badges PSD

Android Phone PSD Mockups (5 different phones)

Android Phones PSDs

Testimonial Boxes PSD

Testimonial Boxes PSD

E-Commerce Buttons

Location Markers PSD

Location Markers PSD

Other Photoshop Resources:

Paint Splatters Brushes

Paint Splatters Brushes

Distressed Lines Photoshop Brushes

Distressed Lines Brushes

Textured Circles Brushes

Textured Circles Brushes

Wood Photoshop Brushes

Wood Photoshop Brushes

Brush Stroke Corners

Brush Stroke Corners

Bokeh Brushes

Bokeh Brushes

Ink Splotches Brushes

Ink Splotches Brushes

Sponge Photoshop Brushes – Part III

Sponge Photoshop Brushes

Watercolor Brushes – Part III

Watercolor Brushes

Tape Photoshop Brushes

Tape Brushes

Metal Text Styles

Metal Text Styles

Leather Text Layer Styles

Leather Text Styles

Glass Text Styles – Vol. II

Glass Text Styles - Vol. II

Embossed Text Photoshop Styles

Embossed Text Styles

Colored Bars Patterns for Photoshop

Colored Bars Patterns

Wide Colored Bars Patterns

Wide Colored Bars Patterns

Gradients Super Pack

Gradients Super Pack

Gradients Super Pack 2 (3,955 gradients)

Gradients Super Pack 2

Abstract Backgrounds – Part IV

Abstract Backgrounds - Part IV

Abstract Backgrounds – Part V

Abstract Backgrounds - Part IV

Abstract Mosaic Backgrounds

Abstract Mosaic Backgrounds

Icons:

E-Commerce Icons

E-Commerce Icons

General Web Icons – Vol. III

General Web Icons

School Icons

School Icons

Retro Icons

Retro Icons

Networking Icons

Networking Icons

Designer’s Icons

Designer's Icons

Gadgets Icon Set 

Gadgets Icon Set

Travel Icons

Travel Icons

Media Icon Set

Media Icons

Portfolio Icons

Portfolio Icons

Vector Icon Set

Vector Icons

Vectors:

Swirls Vectors

Swirls Vectors

Dead Trees Vectors

Dead Trees Vectors

Hand-Drawn Symbols – Part I

Hand-Drawn Symbols I

Hand-Drawn Symbols – Part II

Hand-Drawn Symbols II

Businessperson Silhouettes

Businessperson Silhouettes

Tech Circles

Tech Circles

Grunge Boxes Vectors

Grunge Boxes Vectors

Add to Cart

All of the resources come with our extended multi-use license, which allows for use on an unlimited number of personal or commercial projects. It also allows you to use these resources in items that can be sold or distributed, like websites templates and WordPress themes.

We’re also temporarily offering the original Web Designer’s Bundle again until July 30th for anyone who missed last year’s promo. Check out the resources for that bundle at this page. If you like the resources included in both bundles you may want to consider a Vandelay Premier membership, which will give you unlimited access to all of the resources at Vandelay Premier.

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April 26 2012

10:59

Introducing Exotico UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

Today we are excited to release an extensive UI set called Exotico. It’s one of the largest UI sets available anywhere and it includes elements for navigation menus, buttons, media players, calendars, sliders, and much more.

The premium set includes 4 PSD files full of UI elements that are ready to be added to your own designs and mockups. You can use this set to drastically speed up the design process, and it helps you to create a stylish and attractive design. Each PSD is layered to allow you to edit each individual resource to suit your own needs. The elements included are previewed in the images below. Please view the detail by clicking on the images to see them in full-size.

The premium set costs just $19 and comes with a multi-use, extended license. Use it on as many projects as you would like, including templates and themes that will be sold or given away. Full license details are available here. And if you’re a Vandelay Premier member you can download Exotico at no additional cost here.

To make the set useful to as many people as possible, we’re also giving away a free version of Exotico that includes just some of the resources. See the bottom of this post for details and a download link.

Exotico UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

Exotico UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

Exotico UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

Exotico UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

Exotico was designed by Grzegorz Grzelak in partnership with Vandelay Design. The fonts Novecento Wide and Arial are used in the PSDs. To start using Exotico and to speed  up your design process, get it here.

Extended, Multi-Use License: $19

Add to Cart

Exotico Free Version

If you just want to try out a limited version of Exotico rather than purchasing the full set, we have a free download available. Download the free version here (3.6 MB zip file). A preview of the resources included in the free version is shown below (click the image to see it in full-size).

Exotico UI Set

Royalty-Free Graphics

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December 08 2011

01:19

The COLOURlovers Gift Guide, Plus Exclusive Discount & Giveaway

Some people are tough to shop for, but not to worry because the COLOURlovers gift guide has a little something for everyone. This guide is full of colorful ideas from our favorite stores as well as some wonderful DIY projects that are so darn easy to do for that person that deserves something special. Check out the gifts below, and if you want even more ideas, make sure to check out our curated Gift Guide on Pinterest. We have lots of goodies over there too. So here we go!

For The Cooks: For that aspring chef in your life here are a few things that will brighten up their kitchen and spirits as they spend their days making magic in the kitchen. The bowls are perfect for serving and a hand-held blender is great for the friend that makes mashed potatoes or protein shakes and doesn't want the hassle of all the clean up. If you want to go the extra mile, consider getting a recipe book and filling it with your favorite family recipes and collect favorite recipes from family and friends. These gifts are sure to be a hit for that lovely cook.

1. Bowls, 2. Recipe Book, 3. Blender, 4. Cutting Board, 5. Knives

For The Nesters: Finding a unique and colorful piece to brighten up the home is always a good route to go for the friend who just moved or the couple who just married. The perfect pieces can add a little hint of color in the right spots and will be a staple in their home for years to come. Made By Girl offers custom colorful prints so you can add a last name to be hung in the living room or a baby's name for the nursery. Either way this gift will be a thoughtful addition to any home.

1. Candle Holders, 2. Knot Pillow, 3. Lamp, 4. Custom Name Print

For The Men: Oh the men. Us ladies can all agree for shopping for men isn't the easiest of tasks. So here are a few colorful and unique items that will get them excited. Let's highlight "The Present" a brand new clock that takes a full year to complete. The purpose and thought behind this idea is very interesting and worth checking out. Other items include a Tattly box, filled with faux tattoos, and a Tokyo Flash watch. It is worth giving honorable mention to a gift that is just as awesome, but a little different. Quarterly.co offers unique packages curated and sent by top designers and influencers. If your guy wants a little inspiration, this is a great way to go.

1. Tattly Box, 2. "The Present" Clock  3. Quote Books 4. Tokyo Flash Watch  5. Crumpled Map

For the Crafter: For that creative person in your life, consider an easy DIY project that will make all the difference to them. Yarn Letters, Wall Art, or a DIY holiday ornament are great suggestions that will add something special to their collection of goodies. And the best part is, they will keep your gift for years to come and always remember where it came from.

1. DIY Letters 2. DIY Wall Art 3. Ornament, 4. DIY Dryer Balls

For the Gals: I chose a few great ideas for any girl, but of course the list could go on and on, couldn't it? Colourful headbands or some statement bangles will be well-received by that special gal in your life. Last but not least are a pair of sparkly shoe clips that she can add to any pair of shoes to give it that extra special something.

1. Headband, 2. Bracelets, 3. Bando Shoe Clips

The Tech Snob: Yeah, you know who I'm talking about. There's always that one person on your list who has to get anything techy the moment it becomes available. So what does someone like this always need? Something to organize, show off and/or protect their investments.

1. CableDrop Cord Clips 2. SHOWWX+ (iPhone, iPad, iPod) 3. Lemon Yellow Elephant March - iPad Sleeve 4. Kindle Fire Case

Who couldn't use a cable organizing system? They come in a variety of colors so go loud, muted or plain white for the extreme minimalist if need be. A simple, yet affordable gift or stocking stuffer.

Anyone in love with their iDevice would be amped to receive something to utilize it even further by enabling it to show off their photo gallery as a slideshow, movies and even streaming content. Lastly, Etsy is chock full of sleeves, cases and covers for almost any tech device at decent prices and many amazing colors and pattern schemes to choose from.

1. mugoplayer 2. case-mate DIY cases (done COLOURlovers style) 

Finally, if you're trying to find that super unique gift for the computer user and music lover on your list, check out a mugo player. These super funky designer dual MP3 & USB characters will be a fast favorite!

Mugo gave us an exclusive COLOURlovers 25% Discount Code to be used at checkout, good until December 31st, 2011.

The Mugo Discount - 25% OFF Code: MUGOLOVERS 

Every techy of course has one of the latest smartphones on the market, so spruce up their rig with your own handmade pattern or palette you designed on COLOURlovers with the case-mate DIY (image uploader). DIY cases available for: iPhone 4/4S, 3G/3GS, Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, iPod Touch 4G and Blackberry Bold 9900. 

The Case-mate DIY Case Giveaway

Case-mate gave us one (1) code for a FREE DIY case!

How to earn this: Post in the comments what your most ideal colorful gift is for yourself. You may post more than one, but must at least be one or you will not be considered. Random selection will pick the winner. Contest ends: December 12th, 2011 at 11pm PST.


Creations used on case-mate DIY case examples:
*Easter_EggsOvercrowdingPower_FlowerVINTAGE_PETALS...Make_Us_All_RightFaking_A_Funk*

November 25 2011

19:04

Where the "Black" in Black Friday Came From

It’s here! Some consider it a plague, some consider it a shopaholics dream, and some people just want a new pair of socks at rock-bottom prices. That’s right, the full contact sport of Black Friday has returned for another year. Which brings me to wonder, why do they call this day of awesome deals and big crowds black? Here are a few interesting theories I've pulled together…

Original credit for the phrase is given to the plunging gold prices way back in 1864 that started a panic in the stock market, thus a very black Friday indeed.

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Then, in the late 1960s, Philadelphia newspapers borrowed the phrase to describe the dark masses of shoppers crowding the stores. Sounds kind of creepy I know, but let’s imagine them wearing festive holiday colors and the picture isn’t so bleak.

Later on, this idea was clarified to mean that the crowds increased profits, thus the black ink on the accounting balance sheets is why it is called Black Friday.

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Tweak this theory again and black now represents the day retailers make a profit or break the bank. Ominous, I know.

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Whatever the origin, by the time the 1990s rolled around, Black Friday had turned into a nationwide retail holiday (albeit unofficial). Since then its fame has grown, and now it is the season’s biggest shopping day of the year (says market research firm ShopperTrak).

 

Whether you brave the crowds, hide at home, or enjoy a regular day at work (with a  little crowd control), be safe and have a happy Black Friday from all of us at COLOURlovers!


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Eric Carle - Daring You to Imagine a World with Purple Penguins and Lime Green Rhinos

Imagine a world where anything is possible—where dogs sport a luscious coat of pink fur, green cats preen themselves with zebra striped tongues, ruby red snakes have glowing purple polka dots, and rainbow spotted elephants spray orange slices from a mile long trunk. This is the world that Eric Carle dares his readers to imagine.

This article is presented by the leader in business card printing with fast turnaround times, Next Day Flyers.

Eric Carle was born June 25, 1929 in Syracuse, New York. When he was six years old, he and his parents moved to Germany where he grew up and eventually graduated from Akademie der bildenden Künste, a prestigious art school in Stuttgart. He never forgot his American roots and returned to the place of his happiest childhood memories in 1952.

Eric Carle | Books

 

Inspired at a young age by German artist Franz Marc, who is known for his paintings of blue horses, Eric Carle has illustrated over seventy books, many of which he also wrote. The following are some of his most memorable contributions to children’s literature.

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Brown_Brown_Bear

The first book Eric Carle illustrated was titled Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Published in 1967, its bold and colorful illustrations brought a fresh look to children’s literature.

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In 1969, The Very Hungry Caterpillar quietly began to work its way into all of our hearts. By far his most well-known children’s book with over 22 million copies sold, it has been translated into more than thirty languages and has graced bookshelves for over forty years.

Eric Carle reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar (source) | Food page - source

Book and pages from The Very Hungry Caterpillar - source | source | source

So, what is the magic that makes this book popular even to this day?

Is it the simple story of the life cycle depicted in the form of a tiny insect? Is it the fact that it teaches the days of the week, counting, and good nutrition paired with interactive die-cut pages? Is it the suggestion that we are all a bit like this little caterpillar and will one day turn into beautiful butterflies? Maybe it is the vivid illustrations themselves, which startle the senses and spark the imagination. Whatever the reason may be, it stands true that The Very Hungary Caterpillar is a worthy example of how far a little imagination and creativity can take you.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle (source)

The year 1970 brought The Tiny Seed with its collage illustrations accompanied by simple poetic text that demonstrate the enormous potential of one tiny seed.

Have you seen my Cat? by Eric Carle (source |  source | source)

One of my personal favorites, Have you seen my Cat? takes the reader on a journey through distant lands where wild and domesticated cats alike adorn the pages in Eric Carle’s classic illustrative style. Published in 1973, the pictures more than the text lead the reader from page to page searching for a boy’s beloved pet.

The Very Busy Spider includes a raised printing technique (source)

The Very Busy Spider was published in 1984. Its striking illustrations are enhanced with a raised printing technique that allows readers to enjoy the story by sight, sound and touch.

Hello, Red Fox (source)

 

Published in 1998, Hello, Red Fox is a colorful book with a lot of surprises. Eric Carle’s illustrations take readers on a journey to discover complementary colors.

Cover source  |  Two-page spread from “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle (source)

Featuring amazing rainforest illustrations,“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth was released in 2002. Eric Carle was inspired to write this book at a time when his life was very hectic. He got fed up with it one day and after locking himself up in his studio he began to work on this book. It now stands as a reminder to us all to slow down and take a break sometimes. (source)

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do you See? by Eric Carle  (source)

In 2007, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do you See? hit the shelves. If you will remember, Eric Carle started his career with a book with a similar title, but from the adult bear’s perspective. Thinking it would be a nice way to sort of round off his career, he got back together with Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated this children’s book. Little did he know that he wasn’t quite finished with his career…

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, by Eric Carle (cover source)

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Eric Carle’s The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse came out this year (2011) as a stunning illustrated book that truly explores and encourages a child’s imaginative potential. The first page displays a little boy holding a paintbrush saying, “I am an artist and I paint a blue horse.” Subsequent pages are illustrated with a whole zoo of unconventionally colored animals, and concluding with the little boy again, this time saying, “I am a good artist…” The addition of one powerful little word to the sentence expresses Eric Carle’s deep belief that the imagination cannot and should not be hindered. In fact, his own creative process is a testament to this. (source)

Eric Carle in his studio (source)

“I often try making paper more than what paper is.”-Eric Carle (source)

Eric Carle’s illustrative technique is to use hand-painted, cut and collaged tissue paper. Using overlaying colors combined with bold strokes, wavy lines, polka dots, and other techniques, the resultant tissue paper is bright and colorful.

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“Many people make collages. Artists like Picasso and Matisse and Leo Lionni made collages. Many children have done collages at home or in their classrooms. I happen to make my collage illustrations using painted tissue papers. You might want to try it too!” — Eric Carle (source)

Eric Carle’s illustrative style demonstrates how repeated sequences of circles, squares, and lines can lead to endless creative possibilities.

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As the author of some of the most unique and well-recognized illustrations in children’s literature, Eric Carle is a true advocate of creative expression. We would do well to recognize our own attempts at creativity as simply as Eric Carle does, meaning that anything goes. The imagination holds endless possibilities, and when we tap into our own creative wells, what will emerge? A beautiful butterfly? One can only hope there are a few purple penguins and lime green rhinos in there, too.


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November 02 2011

18:48

DNA11 + COLOURlovers Palette Contest: Place Your Final Vote!

The DNA11 Palette Contest was a huge success thanks to many COLOURlovers artists. Finalists have been determined from over 6,000 entries and the final round of voting is now open! Ten (10) Finalists have been selected with COLOURlovers LOVES, five (5) of which will receive prizes.

DNA11 is hosting the final voting on their Facebook Page - facebook.com/dnaart, so head on over and place your vote!

VOTE NOW

 

To vote, you need to LIKE the DNA11 Facebook page. Choose the DNA11 Artwork Palette you would like to vote for and click on the thumbs-up below it. If you are not already on the voting panel, it is located in the left menu under, COLOURlovers.

 

Make sure you vote ON the DNA11 Facebook Page, NOT on COLOURlovers.com.

Voting will last until Thursday, November. 10th at midnight (12am) PDT. Winners will be announced Friday, November 11th.


Finalists

In no particular order, the 10 finalists are:

Tranquility by ChairmanCao

When I glow up... by jazminredux

moon trip by sirda

Dog DNA by Miaka

ROCKIN TOWERS by rubyvillasenor

Peace in the Blood by OrigamiMei

Under my Skin by BerryColor

DNA by Any Palacios

big city lights by earlgrey

Art is in my DNA by synthetic innocence

 

Winners & Prizes

First prize: One finalist will be voted as the winner. The winner will receive a 24x36 DNA Portrait (value $500) their palette becomes a permanent part of the DNA 11 collection.
Secondary prizes: Four runners up will receive $250 DNA 11 gift certificate and their palettes also become a permanent part of the DNA 11 collection.

Good luck to the finalists!

October 26 2011

14:39

The Sentiment of Paper Dolls Past and Present

Paper dolls and their costumes provide a look at cultures from around the world. They give us a glimpse at what was worn by men and women through the centuries. Celebrities were turned into paper dolls, as were storybook characters. Its easy to find your favorite subject in paper doll form; from Little Fanny to the Bobbsey Twins and The Flintstones to political cartoons. The history of the paper doll is likely unknown by many, so today, we're going to take a trip back in time to unearth the history of what every child was once familiar with!

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Our story begins in 1810 when S. & J. Fuller produced a small book. The moral story was accompanied by a series of hand colored little boys in various costumes that correspond with the story. They were somewhat unusual in that there was not a full body paper doll. Instead, there was a single head for the set of dolls that neatly fit in a v shaped horizontal slit on the back of each costume. Presumably one head was used to require the child to move the head from costume to costume as the story progressed. The book was titled The History & Adventures of Little Henry. It was the first in a series of similar books that became quite popular. The second book, also published in 1810 was History of Little Fanny. (source)

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The paper doll was even used in a Political cartoon from August 15th, 1925. The ad, originally in black and white, was restored and colored by Judy M. Johnson of Paper Goodies.

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This ad encourages its readers to "see just how she uses three of the Cutex "smoky" shades by cutting out the figures above" and goes on to talk about the 12 "smart shades" that are available for only 35¢. Yes, you read that right, just 35¢ in 1936!

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When paper dolls surged in popularity as toys, manufacturers of all kinds of household goods took advantage of their popularity by using them to promote their wares. Paper dolls appeared in advertising, some die-cut, some as cards to cut out. A few of the products advertised with paper dolls were Lyon's coffee, Pillsbury flour, Baker's chocolate, Singer sewing machines, Clark's threads, McLaughlin coffee and Hood's Sarsaparilla. These dolls were plentiful and are still fairly easy to find today, often pasted into colorful scrapbooks. Later, from the 1930s to the 1950s, companies put paper dolls into their magazine advertisements to sell such goods as nail polish, underwear, Springmaid fabrics, Quadriga Cloth, Ford Cars, Fels Naphtha and Swan soaps, Carter's clothing for children, and more. (source)

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The 1930s through the 1950s can perhaps claim the title "Golden Age of Paper Dolls," as their popularity during those years has never been equaled. Barbie may be credited or condemned for the decline in popularity of paper dolls in the 1960s. Paper-doll versions of Barbie and her sister, Skipper, were strong sellers in the 1970s. Boyfriend Ken and girlfriend Midge were also made as paper dolls. Paper Barbies appeared in books and in boxed sets from 1962 through the 1990s, and have dwindled to nearly nothing in the first years of the 21st Century.

Paper Dolls Today

VaVa farmed paper dolls from her childhood.

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Zevi likes to recreate paper dolls using fabric. This one in particular is Dolly Dingle.

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A playful portrait of yourself, your pets or your family. You provide the photos and choose the clothes, and they illustrate a quirky stylized moveable likeness of your favorite animal/person.

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 This gorgeous oversized postcard has all you need to dress Miss Clara up in her favourite winter outfits.

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Imogen is approximately 7 inches tall (18cm) and is printed on heavy weight matte card stock. She comes with quite a wardrobe as well! Summer outfits, winter attire, beachwear and sleepwear. 8 outfits in all, plus coordinating accessories.

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These lovely paper dolls are printed on heavy-duty water-resistant magnetic paper. These magnets preserve the detail of the original watercolors. They will stick to any metal surface: fridge, file cabinet, or anything else in your nest that needs feathering.

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I love these Betsy McCall Halloween paper dolls from 1953.

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It is possible to unearth paper dolls from the past. Looking in books and through loose pieces of paper is a great way to start. There are paper doll conventions held throughout the year if you're hoping to find antique paper dolls from their early debut. Creating your own paper dolls can be really fun, especially for kids! It allows you to personalize your dolls clothes, hair, facial features etc. The possibilities are endless!

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