November 12, 2018

Online Database Features Overlooked Female Artists from 15th-19th Centuries

Throughout art history, the names of male artists have remained relevant as female creators have been largely dismissed or forgotten. Italian Renaissance painter Sofonisba Anguissola is a prime example of this. The self-sustaining woman garnered acclaim from the great artists Michelangelo and Anthony van Dyck, and she had the honor of being a court painter to Spanish King Phillip II. But today, she is mostly unknown, and she isn’t the only one.

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November 8, 2018

16th-Century Calligraphy Manual Available for Free Download

Calligraphers today have multiple tools at their disposal, including digital means to preserve their beautiful work. Hundreds of years ago, they weren’t as fortunate. Technology wasn’t at enough of an advanced level until about 1440, when the invention of moveable type on the printing press forever changed the way that texts were published. Increasingly, instead of labor intensive hand lettering, texts were printed for widespread consumption.

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October 17, 2018

10 Best Craft Blogs for Tutorials, Tips, and Daily Inspiration

A good craft blog can provide endless inspiration and guidance. Whether you love embroidery, quilting, making paper flowers, or simply sprucing up your home with some good DIY projects, there is something for everyone. Many good crafting blogs also incorporate lifestyle tips, while others provide comprehensive tutorials focused on one particular craft. Of course, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration, but the best craft blogs are a fundamental resource to help you elevate your work.

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October 5, 2018

Learn How Color Theory Can Push Your Creativity to the Next Level

Colors are one of the first things we learn in school. Understanding the basic primary colors and how they blend is an activity found in most elementary school classrooms, but that’s just one piece of a much larger field known as color theory. Used by painters, graphic designers, interior decorators, and anyone working in visual culture, color theory is an essential part of any creative’s toolkit.

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