Saturday, December 1, 2012

CHRISTMAS 2012

December is upon us, and soon it will be Christmas time.

In the spirit of the season, we offer these festive videos:
  • Handel's Hallelujah Chorus performed by the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Harlem Gospel Choir
  • Christmas Stamp Art
  • NNE & Little Scratch Christmas, Brussels  
  • How To Wrap A Cat For Christmas (an old favorite)

And the following Christmas Art & Craft Tutorials:
  • Making An Easy Christmas Wreath
  • How To Draw & Paint Santa On His Sleigh
  • Christmas Photo Ornament Tutorial

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Cheers,
Marian 
  

Thursday, October 4, 2012

HOME DECORATING & HALLOWEEN

Our fall issue focuses on home decorating.

On one hand, we have the Laura Ashley Home 2012 video for those with large budgets.

On the other hand, we have videos about decorating on a tight budget. Or in small spaces. These include:
  •  Ikea Small Spaces
  • Tiny "Origami" Apartment In Manhattan
  • 4 Tips For Redecorating On A Budget
  • Bathroom Remodeling On A Budget

For young people we have a couple of videos. The first is Decorating Your School Locker. The second is Decorating Your Bedroom.

Since Halloween falls in October, we've included a video that shows you how to paint your child's face, Butterfly Face Painting Tutorial.

Cheers,
Marian

Saturday, September 1, 2012

ART DOLLS

ART DOLLS

The September issue is devoted to art dolls, with one tutorial on making Cool-2-Cast Dolls.

The other videos are:

  • Black-Eyed Suzie Art Dolls
  • Russian Art Dolls
  • Art Dolls By Anna Zueva
  • Mixed Media Traveling Paper Art Doll
  • Raggedy Rhonda's Dolls

We hope you'll enjoy this look into the Art Doll world.

Cheers,
Marian

Monday, July 2, 2012

FOCUS ON DOGS & CATS CONTINUES THROUGH JULY

Since we continue to get so many visitors for our current focus on Dogs & Cats, we're going to continue it through July.

We may add new videos and will let you know through the social networks.

Cheers,
Marian

Friday, June 1, 2012

DOGS & CATS

Our June issue focuses on Dogs and Cats. As usual, we have some special videos for children.

The Dog videos include:
  • Nancy Schutt's Dog Paintings
  • William Wegman Talks Dog
  • Wallace & Gromit
  • Canines On Canvas

Our Cat videos include:
  • How To Draw Mossop The Cat
  • Cats In Art
  • Eliza Leahy's Cat Art
  • How To Draw Cat Fur
  • Simon Draws Simon's Cat
  • For Kids: How To Make A Lion
  • Tiger Face Painting Design Tutorial

Parents & kids alike may recognize Mossop The Cat from the McDonald's Happy Meal carton and accompanying book, "Mossop's Last Chance."

We hope you enjoy this month's issue. And give a special pat from us to all your dogs and cats.

Cheers,
Marian

Friday, May 4, 2012

FOCUS ON SPRING GARDENS CONTINUES THROUGH MAY

We're continuing our focus on Spring Gardens, and all things Spring, through May.

I've taken out the video on how to make Easter cupcakes and added a video on how to make a Mother's Day card, using a pencil and watercolor paint. The result is a heart with flowers all around and the word Mom in the center.

I've also added a kids' craft video on how to make Spring flowers using an egg carton, pipe cleaners and a little glue. The video is sweet, as a child makes the flowers for you.

I'll be changing out some of the garden videos for others that offer gardening and landscaping tips. I'll let you know about new videos through facebook, twitter and Google+1.

We hope your Spring is lovely by  now, with blossoms everywhere. 

Cheers,
Marian

Monday, April 2, 2012

SPRING GARDENS

Spring has arrived and, with it, our Spring issue. Our main focus is on Spring gardens, but we haven't forgotten about Easter and include a tutorial for making Easter cupcakes.

Our Spring Garden videos include:
  • The Contemporary Garden
  • The Keukenhof Garden
  • International Gardens
 Our other videos include:
  • A Virtual White House Tour
  • Cute Easter Cupcakes
  • 2012 Spring Fashions
  • Create A Clementine Candle
  • Spring Flowers Nail Art
  •  2012 Spring/Summer Hairstyles

Time to enjoy the Spring!

Cheers,
Marian

Thursday, March 1, 2012

ARCHITECTURE & HOME DESIGN

Our focus for March is on Architecture and Home Design. We offer the following great videos:

  • Creating A Model In Architecture School
  • Indestructible Design
  •  HGTV's 2012 Dream Home
  • Making Miniature Houses
  • How To Stencil A Wall
  • The Craftsman Bungalow
  • The Victorian House
and for the kids
  • How To Make A Miniature House Out Of Scrap Paper

We hope you enjoy our March issue!

Cheers,
Marian

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ROMANCE & VALENTINE'S DAY

In response to the great interest you've shown in our Valentine's Day craft videos, we've added several more to our February issue.

The videos we've added are:
  • How To Draw 30 Different Valentine Hearts
  • How To Make A Valentine's Day Gift Bag From An Envelope
  • How To Make A Valentine Wreath
 And of course we continue to show:
  • A Passion For The Pre-Raphaelites by Andrew Lloyd Webber (in 4 parts)
  • How To Make A Valentine's Day Card With Buttons
  • How To Draw A Valentine's Day Rose
You may be interested to know that the video series "A Passion..." by Andrew Lloyd Webber includes a look at Victorian architecture.

Enjoy all the videos. And please leave comments on which ones appeal to you the most.

Cheers,
Marian

Sunday, January 1, 2012

CARTOONS

Happy New Year to all our reader/viewers!

For our first issue of 2012, we feature cartoons--funny cartoons, editorial cartoons & simple-to-draw cartoons.

We have some great videos for you:
  • New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly
  • Three Editorial Cartoons by Mike Keefe, Liberal Cartoonist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize
  • Bruce Blitz Draws A Cartoon Parrot
  • How To Draw A Cartoon Kid's Face
We hope you get some laughs out of this issue and, if you're interested, learn a little bit about drawing cartoons. And, once again, we wish you a very happy New Year.

Cheers,
Marian

Bulldog by Marian Cates

Bulldog by Marian Cates
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Burrowing Owl by Marian Cates

Burrowing Owl by Marian Cates
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Jack Sprat Mother Goose Rhyme by Marian Cates, from a vintage illustration

Jack Sprat Mother Goose Rhyme by Marian Cates, from a vintage illustration
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Robin Hood by Marian Cates, from a vintage illustration