Design & Inspiration

  • 2000 Pattern Combinations

    A much-needed book on simple and more advanced ways of creating pattern with a source of 2000 colourful combinations that you can use for further creative work.

    The simplest pattern is a repeat of a motif. You can make that more interesting by creating a brickwork grid when repeating motifs. Make it different again by rotating the image, or by mirroring it. The book takes you through various pattern developments thoroughly, showing how one motif can lead to inexhaustible pattern interpretations.

    All these techniques are explained and illustrated, making the book an ideal way of learning about pattern design basics as well as finding an inspirational pattern.

  • 2100 Victorian Monograms

    A comprehensive compilation of elegant, imaginative two-letter monograms – ideal for enhancing scrolls, certificates, awards, and other graphic projects in need of calligraphic excitement.

    Easily reproduced, royalty-free letters are also perfect for use in art, needlework, craft and other decorative projects.

  • 400 Chinese Motifs

    A book and CD containing 400 copyright-free hand-drawn Chinese motifs for creative re-use. Designs from Paleolithic times to modern era arranged in chapters of flowers and plants, animals, birds, fish, and borders and patterns.

    Provides inspiration and artwork for design work in many fields: needlecrafts, designing jewellery and puppets, sculpture, textile printing, painting on ceramics, silk, fans and more.

  • 4000 Alphabet and Letter Motifs

    Over 4000 motifs in the book and on the CD, plus 100s of extra motifs just on the CD.

    Includes whole alphabets and elaborate initials, from Roman inscription alphabets to modern fonts for graphic designers. Plus a visual explanation of the development of lettering from hieroglyphics to today’s letters.

    Images can be copied, enlarged, traced or developed further for creative use in any field (embroidery, woodwork, tattoos, graphic design).

  • Alphabet Stencil Book Mini Edition

    From quilting and textiles to cardmaking and scrapbooking, these alphabet stencils are perfect for almost any design or craft project. They'll even work for cake decorating, wedding ornaments or anywhere you want a monogram.

    Featuring a classic serif front, this mini-book includes all 24 capital letters, accents, punctuation and numbers, printed on perforated card stock that's easy to tear out and reuse.

  • Art Deco Designs Stained Glass Coloring Book

    Stunning images recapture the glamour and elegance of the Art Deco era. Sharp, smart, dazzling Art Deco designs literally shine through a striking mix of stained glass pictures.

    Sixteen ornate full-page illustrations include people, buildings, abstracts, and ironwork. You can colour the illustrations in this book with crayons, watercolour, oil, tempera or acrylic paints, and felt-tip pens. Hold the coloured pages up to the light and watch them come to life.

  • Art Nouveau Floral & Animal Designs CD-ROM & Book

    These 146 royalty-free, rare illustrations are from 'The Studio', the legendary publication that promoted the Art Nouveau style that was a great influence on late 19th-early 20th century American artists and illustrators.

    Includes book covers, posters, ads, book plates, greeting cards, decorative alphabets, and designs and patterns by Walter Crane, Will Bradley, Charles Robinson, etc.

    The CD-ROM includes Dover Design Manager so you can easily browse, print, crop and rotate the images. Images are scanned at 300 dpi in TIFF format. Windows / Mac compatible.

  • Art Nouveau Floral Patterns & Stencil Designs

    Includes floral and foliage motifs, created in the late 1890s by MP Verneuil, one of the Art Nouveau movement's finest artists. Finely detailed and subtly shaded, these copyright-free designs are perfect for adding a note of elegance to fabrics, stained glass, wallpaper, and a host of other art and craft projects.

    • 120 full-colour illustrations of garden flowers-foxglove, hollyhock, columbine, lilies, wisteria, jasmine and snowdrops
    • 39 full colour stencil designs of blossoming trees, reeds, mushrooms, oak leaves and acorns, peacocks and flowers, wild roses and more

  • Art Nouveau Illustrations CD-ROM & Book

    The Studio magazine was the foremost source of Art Nouveau in England at the turn of the century and featured illustrations by such artists as Crane, Bradley, Robinson, and others. Here are 171 of the best graphic art specimens, including posters, cards, borders, frames and much more.

    Image File Information: The CD includes 171 images scanned at 600 dpi and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF).

  • Art Nouveau Windows Stained Glass Pattern Book

    This collection of more than 100 authentic black-and-white Art Nouveau stained glass patterns, beautifully adapted.

    Includes boldly outlined figures of damsels surrounded by flowers and vines, a vase of lush blossoms, a butterfly whose wing patterns are repeated in the designs floral theme, and scores of other exotic, stylised images. They are all displayed in rectangular, oval, circular, and semicircular frames.

    These copyright-free patterns can also be used for a range of purposes including graphic art and needlecraft. Eight designs are shown in colour.

  • Art Nouveau: An Anthology of Design & Illustration

    The Studio magazine was the foremost source of Art Nouveau in England at the turn of the century and featured illustrations by such artists as Beardsley, Crane, Bradley and others.

    Here are 199 of the best graphic art specimens including: posters, cards, borders, frames and much more.

  • Art of the Map

    This lavishly illustrated history of the golden age of cartography, from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, explores not only the embellishments on maps but also what they reveal about the world in which they were created.

    Here there are monsters real and imagined; ships actual and archetypical; newly discovered flora such as corn and tobacco; fauna ranging from buffalo to unicorns; godlike beings and fantasy-like depictions of native peoples. The stunningly rendered images illuminate an entire world.

  • Arts & Crafts Designs CD-ROM & Book

    Striking collection of designs, rendered from textile and wallpaper motifs, vases and other authentic sources, includes images of lovely florals once etched into glassware and pitchers, garlands of flowers in square and circular configurations, wildlife that adorned decorative bowls and platters and much more. A convenient source of superb illustrations.

    Image File Information: Includes 231 images scanned at 600 dpi and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF).

  • Celtic Stencil Designs

    130 copyright-free b&w stencil designs derived from the Book of Kells and other early medieval Celtic sources. Includes angels and saints, birds and beasts of myth and Scripture, and elegantly wrought geometric motifs.

    The versatile designs vary widely in shape and complexity, ranging from elaborate large, squares, rectangles and circles, to frames and borders and small motifs. Graphic artists, textile designers and others will find these images ideal for adding a Celtic touch to projects.

  • Celtic Stencil Designs CD-ROM & Book

    Stirring images of traditional Celtic art, transformed into a collection of exciting, versatile stencil designs, depict birds and beasts of myth and scripture, elegant abstract designs, and more.

    Available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and complexities, these attractive and dramatic illustrations are ideal for graphic artists, textile designers and craftspeople.

    The CD-ROM includes 164 images scanned at 600 DPI and saved in six different formats (TIFF, PICT, EPS, BMP, as well as Internet-ready JPEG and GIF).

  • Color + Pattern

    Do you have a passion for patterns? It's time to jump onto the scene with Color + Pattern! Masterful pattern designer Khristian Howell will fill you with confidence and a fearless use of colour and an interest in all things pattern, so you can create your own beautiful art that can be printed on fabrics, paper and transfers.

    Fully illustrated with a large and varied range of pattern designs, she highlights leaders in the industry, showcasing how pattern design comes to life when it finds its way onto perfectly paired products. Aside from sharing loads of gorgeous work, the book informs you on the many different kinds of patterns and terminology, exploring found patterns, sharing processes of creating patterns, as well as showing ways to integrate pattern into many facets of real life with 50 exercises.

  • Cut and Fold Paper Textures

    Cut and Fold Paper Textures shows you inspirational ways in which paper can be used to create textured and relief surfaces. These techniques are mostly intuitive and easy to make, requiring no origami or paper engineering knowledge.

    There are 12 different techniques: Twisting narrow strips to make 'paper string', Weaving strips, Layering, Coiling, Tearing, Bending, Incising and Lifting, Crumpling, Pleating, Cutting Pleats, Stippling and using Translucent Surfaces. Each is beautifully illustrated with creative examples, first made in white paper and then in papers of different colours, weights and textures.

    Finally, inspirational photographs show the techniques applied by designers to clothing, furniture, jewellery and homewares, as well as artworks. These techniques could be used by professional designers, design students in disciplines from textiles to interior design and anyone with an interest in paper craft.

  • Design Library: Art Deco Designs

    The book features 100 decorative, stylised designs inspired by the beautiful linear patterns and images of the Art Deco movement. It is divided into six sections: scenic, floral, figures, animals, abstract and patterns, and the inclusion of a CD means that designs can be easily scanned, enlarged, reduced, or used same size, adapted, or mixed and matched with other illustrations to create original projects and artworks.

    The illustrations offer many ideas and images for translation into stitch, colour and form – for anyone researching an idea, or looking for different ways to approach a project.

    The CD-ROM includes the 100 images saved in TIFF and JPEG formats.

  • Design Library: Art Nouveau Designs

    Penny Brown presents 100 original beautifully flowing and sensuous Art Nouveau designs which can be combined with other images, or enlarged and used as the main theme for a special piece of work.

    Figures, flowers, plants, birds and other stylised images adorn the pages offering many ideas and there are gorgeous frames, borders, patterns and ideas in abundance. If you thinking of new projects and you need a starting point, look no further. This wonderful source book will fire your imagination and give you all the help you need to create stunning, original works of art.

    The CD-ROM includes the 100 images saved in TIFF and JPEG formats.

  • Design Library: Art Nouveau Flower Designs

    A beautiful, original collection of 100 Art Nouveau flowers specially commissioned for all artists and crafters to use in their own projects. The graceful, flowing lines of these floral designs offer inspiration for many different interpretations, whether in stitch, mixed media, paint, cardmaking, collage or whatever you are working on.

    Exquisite roses, poppies, lilies, sunflowers, daffodils and many more wild, exotic and garden flowers are perfectly formed in stunning stylised designs as borders, patterns, symmetrical and single pictures, and smaller motifs. A CD accompanies the book, so designs can be combined with other images, reduced, or enlarged to be used as a main theme for a special piece of work.

    If you are thinking of new projects and do not know where to start, look no further. This source book is packed with inspiration and ideas and will give you all the help you need to create unique works of art.

    The CD-ROM includes the 100 images saved in TIFF and JPEG formats.