Top 10 Places to Find Engraving Patterns and Artwork

Top 10 Places to Find Engraving Patterns and Artwork

Round Pattern for EngravingOne of the most common questions we are asked at Profitable Hobbies is, “Where can I find artwork or patterns to engrave?”

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)

Don’t forget – Profitable Hobbies also provides free engraving patterns when you subscribe to our blog.


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5 Responses to Top 10 Places to Find Engraving Patterns and Artwork

  1. Susan Shane May 7, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    THANKS, Carole! This is great, and thanks so much for the times you have offered assistance for the various things I have had questions about. Its always a pleasure talking with you, dear friend.
    Also, I thank you, Russ, once again for doing such a terrific job with this website and keeping us in the know.
    Blessings always,
    Susan 🙂

  2. Carol McKenzie May 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Some really great ideas for inspiration as well as patterns to copy. Love talking to Carole and she has helped me solve many problems with any number of projects. What a terrific resource person with just the right communication skills for the position. Dr Lew is lucky to have you.

  3. Larry LaPearle August 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    Having trouble finding the list of bits and prices. Can you tell me where on your site I would fine them?


  4. admin August 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Larry, good to hear from you, it’s been a while.

    All our our supplies are in our online store.

    Please let me know if you need anything else.


  5. Tracey September 15, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    Contact your friendly papercrafters they love to work with artistic stamps which can be an endless supply of inspiration and designs. Not only do I engrave (did as a job for 7 years) but I am an avid papercrafter – I was once told there was no room in our stores for papercraft, after a collegues spelling mistake & my quick use of stamps to cover the mistake – the customer was extremely satisfied & my boss was for the first time ever speechless – Loved proving him wrong. Definately one of my better days.