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Designs from the Book of Kells: A Source Book of Designs Specially Adapted for Craftspeople and Artists Paperback – Jun 1 2009


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The beautifully illustrated Book of Kells has been a source of inspiration for numerous artists from multiple disciplines for many years. In this book, Judy Balchin presents over 100 line illustrations that are typical of the Book of Kells and can be used in many ways. Judy also explores the latter with sixteen projects. There are, however, no how-to's- simply a note on which design was used and how the project was made. The line drawings are beautifully done and a CD also accompanies the book, making this a good resource for all artists and crafters. The designs can be reproduced at any size. This 48 page book represents great value for money.-KarenPlatt.co.uk To anybody at all interested in Celtic art there is nothing quite as impressive - or as quintessentially Celtic - as the Book of Kells. Produced in the 9th century, this bright, beautiful and stylized book with its illuminations and "carpet pages" has captivated artists and craftspeople for years. Celtic art is currently enjoying a wave of popularity and whatever your project, you are sure to find something in here to inspire you. You don't even need to turn the scanner on as for anybody with a computer this book comes with a CD of all the designs. I've had these before and am used to small, blocky images but these .tifs are large (usually at least 5") and high resolution (a generous 472dpi). You don't have to install them either; they will pop up in Windows Explorer of your chosen graphics program ready for saving onto your hard drive for use. Choose from knotwork, figures, fabulous beasts, birds and carpet pages and if your imagination needs a kick start, there are several large color photographs of other people's work. There are no staged projects in here, but explanations as to how the objects were made and some materials used. A pencil case, ceramic pot, book cover, letter rack, greetings card and more showcase what these designs look like when reproduced in embroidery, metal embossing, parchment craft, ceramic painting and more. A very useful treasure for any crafter's keeper shelf.-Myshelf.com Designs from the Book of Kells has a few projects, but it is similar to coloring books, made up mostly of line drawings of design elements from Kells illuminations that can be copied.-Library Journal USA

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Judy Balchin is a designer of book jackets, television titles, and craft kits and runs workshops in silk, glass, and porcelain painting. She is the author of numerous crafting books, including Decorative Painting, Handmade Art Nouveau Cards, and Making Christmas Cards.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Yes, but... Feb. 18 2012
By Retta Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, this book is full of absolutely BEAUTIFUL projects! The author is creative and talented. I was in awe of some of these, and admire her work very much. But...

I can't give it 5 stars because it was not made clear before purchase that there were LIMITS as to how you are allowed to use the designs. They are taken from the Book of Kells, which is copyright free. But since she copied her designs FROM the Book of Kells, the publishers of this book are retaining the copyrights to them. So... they say you can only use up to 15 of the designs for one project.

In other words, personal use is okay. But if you are an artist or craftsman who plans to make stuff to sell, nope, don't buy this book, or you could be in violation of their copyright if you make and sell more than 15... if I understand the legal gobbledegook correctly!

But hey, if you are looking for stunning artistic projects for personal use and/or gift giving, then you'll appreciate her work. Truly, it's gorgeous.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Work on Book of Kells Aug. 17 2009
By B. Rackley - Published on Amazon.com
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Large open outlines for any artists to work with, the projects are varied and full of fun. I especially loved the book covers as I love bookbinding and the making of books.
You will too, CD is a great advantage!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting! June 16 2009
By T. Cotham - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting book - lovely photos. I'm a quilter and I don't know that I can really use any of these "illustrations" without making some major adjustments. I'm glad I bought it, though. Inspiring!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Descubra o livro de Kells Nov. 28 2011
By Belucio H. De Carvalho - Published on Amazon.com
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Se conhece o livro de Kells vai se surpreender como os desenhos contidos nesse exemplar, se ainda não teve a oportunidade serão páginas de possibilidades infinitas pois é possível combinar designs e chegar a algo bem distinto, quase original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
wonderful June 27 2010
By Brenda Thomason - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book because it provides sample color schemes as well as beautiful, clear outlines of designs from the book of Kells. Nice addition to my Celtic design sources.


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