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
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.
Introduction 6 Materials 8 Techniques 12 Creating a design 26 ALPHABETS 30 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, BORDERS AND MOTIFS 162 Numerals 162 Borders 165 Animal and bird motifs 169 Figurative motifs 171 Foliage motifs 172 Celtic knot motifs 173 Index 176