Top 10 Places to Find Engraving Patterns and Artwork
Carole Edwards has put together a nice list of some of the sources she uses to find artwork and patterns for engraving, wood carving, sandblasting and more.
Below is a list of Carole’s top 10 favorite places to find artwork:
1. Book stores: Barnes & Noble, Borders books (limited), College book stores, etc. Graphic arts areas, Children’s coloring books, wood crafts like scroll saw patterns.
2. National Parks & Zoos: the gift shops always have a variety of books. I have found some really fun children’s coloring books where the animals aren’t too “cartoonish”.
Great animal books that have identifying characteristics such as the foot prints, food they eat, etc. Different bird families, fish that can be found in specific areas.
3. Sports & Grocery stores: sports events and schedules for hunting, fishing, etc. Cabela’s, Big 5 sports, Especially look for children’s coloring books.
4. Fabric and Home craft stores: Printed designs on fabric; just buy a segment of the design you want. embroidery, tatting, sewing crafts books, offer
great designs for engraving on wood, gourds, eggs, etc. A lot of those designs can be redesigned into a useable form.
5. Amusement Parks; Disneyland, Disneyworld, Busche Gardens, Local parks. Many have different art books that they sell.
6. Wall Paper and gift wrap stores: Great sources for repeating patterns! For eggs, gourds, etc.
7. Public Libraries: Be careful of copyrighted designs.
8. Wedding supply, Scrapbooking stores, Personal History type places.
9. Newspapers and Phone books. Watch for copyright.
10. Internet: Free designs from various sources, designs for wood carvers, wood workers, etc.
Glass designs. etc. Use the various search engines. Indian arts, Specify tribe you are looking for, and location. Aztec art, ancient Indian arts,
Art of the Southwest, Art of the North West, Artic art, Cajin art, North & South Eastern art, Egyptain art, Art of the Aborigines. Witch doctors, dragons and
other mythical creatures, etc. Boy Scout designs. Military designs, Civic clubs, etc. You’d be surprised what you can. Offical State seals (must get permission to use)! Famous Poems, like “High Flight”!
Most important, if you need it, you can find it almost anywhere, just don’t give up looking!
Thanks to Carole Edwards for providing this helpful information to our network.
In fact, Carole had been surrounded with this type of stuff for over 20 years. She has helped countless artists in our network by providing tips, techniques, resources and more.
Carole is very knowledgeable of the various books and dvd’s we offer and can definitely “point” you in the right direction if you are looking for something specific.
Carole also has her own engraving business so she is familiar with all of the different burs and what works best for various surfaces and engraving projects.
If you would like to speak to Carole, she can be reached at our 800 number (1 800 624-7415 – option 2)
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