One of the first titles in the Design Library series, this book is packed with inspiration for all your projects, whether they be cards, quilts, stitched designs, collages, mixed media or ceramic pieces, pictures, panels or paintings. Judy Balchin presents 100 original beautiful heart and flower designs which can be combined with other images, or enlarged and used as the main theme for a special piece of work. 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.
All of the designs, which have been specially adapted for artists and craftspeople of all kinds, are included in high-resolution Jpeg format on a free CD.
If you are looking for design inspiration, this is a good place to start. This book contains 100 original designs which can be copied or combined with other images as required. Stylised, ornate and decorate flowers and hearts are created in many different ways be it funky, art nouveau, gothic or classical. All the designs are quite inventive and different, offering an individualistic slant on a traditional theme. The illustrations are perfect for all manner of craft, painting or drawing and can be used on quilts, cards, collages, mixed media, embroidery, panels, paintings or ceramics. All are easy to trace or can be printed off the computer using the free CD Rom which is included. A good practical book which makes an ideal reference book.-Monstersandcritics.com This is a lovely book, a fairly compact size, but with 100 designs using stylized, ornate and decorative hearts and flowers (separate and combined). There is also a CD-rom included for easy printing. The designs are all modern and fresh, and you'd be hard pushed not to find several in there that would suit any design. Several of them would be perfect templates for stitched or mixed media work, given the bold outlines and simple shapes. In her introduction, Judy Balchin says that she starts her work with a blank sheet of paper but has learned that not everyone is blessed with the ability to do this. It is a perfect reflection of this that she has created designs that will act as a catalyst for the imagination. Just flicking through quickly, there were several designs that I could picture starting with and embellishing on. And who doesn't love hearts and flowers?-Workshop on the Web If you are wondering what Search Press is going to do for a follow up to their bestselling Design Source Book series then here it is - the Design Library. Each title contains a hundred motifs in print plus a CD ROM with them all in both .jpeg and .tiff format. This second entry features a heart and flower designs. If you have read my review of the first book in the series Art Nouveau Designs by Penny Brown (also featured on this site) then you will know what to expect. The first page has a brief introduction to what lies within, and the rest of the book is the designs themselves. Each page has a line drawing or two and in this book you can find borders, frames, cartouches and motifs all on the hearts and flowers theme. There are hearts filled with flowers, hearts made of flowers, borders featuring both as well as motifs of either one or the other. If you are a fan of art nouveau then you will be pleased to see that the style many of these are drawn in echoes this movement, as well as art deco and typical Victorian romantic artwork. As with the earlier Design Source Books these are not copyright free, but the small print at the back permits you to use up to fifteen of the drawings on a single project as long as you give a quote as to where they came from. What projects you use them on it up to you; scale them up or down and use them for whatever art or craft you enjoy. I look forward to seeing the rest of the titles in this series.-Myshelf.com Simple line drawings can provide the inspiration for all sorts of techniques, and heart and flower designs can be useful for so many occasions. This book is full of stylised heart outlines that cover a range of styles, from Celtic to Art Nouveau. Some designs are embellished with flowers, but others are plainer and quite contemporary. All of the designs are on the accompanying CD-ROM, which gives you the opportunity to use the same design at different sizes, which is particularly useful if you want to use the same basic design on a variety of items. If you prefer, you can always use a photocopier to enlarge or reduce the designs that are printed in the book. All that you need to add are threads... and stitches of your choice.-Stitch