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Designs Inspired by the Book of Kells [Paperback]

Judy Balchin
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12 Jan 2009
Over 100 illustrations are included in this wonderful collection of designs from the beautifully illuminated manuscript "The Book of Kells". Anyone needing ideas for their projects will love the interlaced patterns, stylised figures, intriguing animals, mythical beasts and birds. With an accompanying CD-ROM, designs can be easily used, or each black and white image can be photocopied as required; the designs stand up to reproduction at any scale. Artists, craftspeople and anyone interested in Celtic art will discover a fascinating resource for their own work in this excellent book.


Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; Pap/Com edition (12 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484171
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 21.3 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --Library Journal USA

About the Author

Judy Balchin studied art at Cardiff College of Art, and then specialised for three years in graphic design at Kent Institute of Art and Design.She spent two years at the BBC Television Centre working as a graphics assistant, and then a further two years in an art studio as a lettering artist. She now designs titles for book jackets and television titles. She also designs craft kits and runs workshops in silk painting, glass painting and painting on porcelain.She has appeared on television as a craft demonstrator, has written a book on glass painting, and is the author of numerous articles for craft magazines.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 1 Sep 2009
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This is a really lovely book if you have any interest at all in Celtic art. The book is thin - 48 pages but is accompanied by a CD with all the images on it - 105 if memory serves me well. For jewellery making the images are too big as they are but could easily be reduced with a photo copier or maybe on the computer if you are PC literate - and I'm not. Although there are no projects, there are plenty of beautiful colour photographs of items where some of the designs have been used. There are no full instructions but there is a brief resume of how the piece was made. If you are into crafts, I'm sure there is enough information to make something similar if you wanted to practice before designing your own piece. Well worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great resource 31 May 2011
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good design ideas 8 Mar 2013
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I like this book for its simplicity - it's easy to understand and comes with a free CD. Overall a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic book! 18 Jan 2013
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This is another great book. The designs are clear, easy to use and easy to adapt. Another book that's going to get a lot of use!
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