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Celtic Alphabets Judy Balchin

Celtic Alphabets By Judy Balchin

Celtic Alphabets by Judy Balchin

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Contains eleven alphabets in Celtic styles that can be used to decorate your craft projects. This book includes numerals, borders and motifs as well as modern and traditional Celtic styles. It features many examples of completed craft projects using the alphabets.

Celtic Alphabets Summary

Celtic Alphabets: With Borders and Motifs by Judy Balchin

Inspired by Celtic lettering and illumination, this practical book contains eleven alphabets along with a diverse selection of beautiful borders and motifs. Using step-by-step photographs, popular author Judy Balchin shows how to create stunning designs, incorporating painting and gilding techniques; and provides exciting inspiration for your own projects.

* Traditional and modern Celtic styles
* Alphabets presented in colour and black-and-white for ease of use
* The letters, motifs and numerals can be used as templates for your own designs and projects

Celtic Alphabets Reviews

Jun 10

The eleven different alphabets presented in Celtic Alphabets range from strong and simple designs through to more complicated and intricate Celtic letters. Each alphabet is offered as a colored and black and white version. The colored version shows how the alphabet could look when it is colored, however the black and white version is likely to be the most flexible option. The black and white alphabets are presented with several letters on a page. Users can scan or photocopy these and resize the images. Ideas for projects and different techniques are dotted throughout the book. These give an inspirational insight into how the alphabets can be used. In addition the suggestions given in the book, the images can be used as templates for stamp carving, used as stencils, cut out from paper and used as embellishments for rubber stamping projects or transfered directly to a page by tracing to form part of a design. The Celtic letters have strong ornate outlines which work particularly well in papercraft as well as needlecraft projects. This is a useful source book and the addition of project ideas helps to present a book that is ideal for crafters of all experience levels.

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Feb 10

Celtic art is enjoying a revival at the moment, its sinuous shapes, jewel bright colors and fabulous beasts appealing to a wide range of people. Here is a whole book filled with alphabets for you to use in your art and craft projects. Plain alphabets with simple dotted outlines, ones with curlicues, others with fantastic beasts or human figures...just about every type of Celtic alphabet you can imagine in short. Here too are instructions on how to transfer the image, tips on coloring and gilding as well as some project ideas. I was surprised that these were all painted, and comprise pictures, greetings cards, wooden plaques, book covers and boxes. My own first thought was for embroidering monograms, or even icing onto cakes, or painting onto acetate...but then this only goes to show how a book like this gets the imagination working. Maybe you have all that is needed here in quite a chunky book packed with alphabets which obligingly stays open while you copy, trace or scan in your chosen letters. A useful resource.

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Mar 10

Another excellent source book from Judy Balchin. Here Judy shows us the techniques used in creating Celtic alphabets, so useful for all craft projects, and some ideas for their use are included in this book. Eleven complete alphabets plus borders and motifs that are easy to use as templates for your own designs are included and and will enhance many craft projects. In addition to the Celtic alphabet Judy has included numerals, borders and motifs in both modern and traditional styles. These wonderfully versatile letters can be used to decorate many craft projects. In addition to the alphabets themselves, popular author Judy Balchin has included numerals, borders and motifs as well as modern and traditional Celtic styles. All of the alphabets are presented both in colour and black-and-white which makes using them very easy. Throughout the book are the most beautiful illustrations of completed projects using the letters or the wonderful intricate and symmetrical designs so typical of the Celtic theme that will inspire any enthusiastic crafter.

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June 10

The alphabets in this book come from the author being inspired by the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels, using the designs found therein to create new works for predominantly watercolours, crayons and gold leaf. There is also a section using numerals, borders and motifs to add to your work with the lettering.

The designs are bold and of a good size, and could easily be adapted to making stencils, applying fabric paint direct, or using stitch to transfer onto fabric. Each set of alphabets contains a black and white set at the end which you can use to enlarge or reproduce on the photocopier. It is also spiral-bound if you prefer to trace the letters, which helps keeping the pages flat. The alphabets are of varying styles and sizes, and there is a lot in inspiration inside, especially if you're interested in exploring the use of lettering in your work.

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June/July 10

Monograms and lettering often feature in embroidery and the curling curves of Celtic calligraphy provide endless inspiration. Whether you choose to stitch a name, a quotation or even just a single letter, the numerous different designs offer plenty of inspiration. There are clear instructions for transferring the designs and adding colour. The techniques described are for use on card or paper, but they could also be used on fabric - and then it's up to you to decide on the style of stitching you want to use. Who knows - you could soon be stitching your own Book of Kells or Lindisfarne Gospel!

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About Judy Balchin

Judy Balchin studied art at Cardiff College of Art. Following this, she specialised in graphic design at Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone. After working as a graphics assistant at the BBC Television Centre, she joined Adverkit International Ltd as a lettering artist. This began her love affair with letters, producing book jackets, advertising logos and television titles over many years. During this time, she also became involved in the craft world. She has appeared on television, worked as a craft demonstrator, designed craft kits and run workshops. She has produced more than twenty books on various crafts and is the author of many articles for craft magazines. She continues to enjoy her creative world and is currently working on her latest book.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials 8
Techniques 12
Creating a design 26
Simple calligraphic alphabet with dots 30
Block alphabet with leaves 42
Lion, bird and dog heads 54
Knots and swashes 66
Internal tracery 78
Celtic knots 90
Figurative 102
Flowing knotwork 114
Capitals with knots 126
Snakes, birds and dogs 138
Swashes and animal heads 150
Numerals 162
Borders 165
Animal and bird motifs 169
Figurative motifs 171
Foliage motifs 172
Celtic knot motifs 173
Index 176

Additional information

Celtic Alphabets: With Borders and Motifs by Judy Balchin
Used - Very Good
Search Press Ltd
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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