So, I went to this book shop with a friend for coffee (it is her favorite coffee). Dangerous for me to be in a bookshop- any bookshop. Of course I found a book that I like: 1,100 Designs and Motifs from Historic sources by John Leighton of Dover Press. Here is a sample page:
At first I'm just looking at the pictures thinking of them in an Art History kinda way. Then I think how cool these images would be on ... well lets say a cap. Only the size is all wrong and I will want to use only parts of some of the patterns.
Then it hits me! I can change the size of the motifs. I can change the colors of the motifs. I can mix, match, and over lap the designs. Because all I have to do is scan the images in to the computer and burn a screen for printing.
Then it hits me -- again. Copy right laws. I don't steal ideas from anyone. Not in school and not now. I take a look at the back of the title page and the heavens open up in song:
"You may use the designs and illustrations for graphics and crafts applications, free and without special permission"
Yippie. and Sweet and also Nice.
Thank you Dover Press.