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Art Nouveau Designs
The Design Library - Book I
Penny Brown

Search Press
25 October 2011 / ISBN-13: 9781844487264
How-To Books/Design
Amazon US - UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Looking for an inexpensive design source book? Here is the first in a new series, each one also containing a CD ROM featuring all the motifs in both .jpeg and .tiff format. This first entry features a hundred original art nouveau designs.

These books are just so useful and easy to use. The first page has a thumbnail sketch of the art nouveau movement, and the rest is the designs themselves. No words are needed, just a line drawing or two on each page to fire your imagination. You can find borders, frames and motifs covering all the themes expected from this movement. There are ladies with flowing tresses, stylized writhing vegetation and flowers, bugs, butterflies and birds and mythical beasties galore. 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; it is only courtesy to quote where they came from. What sort of projects you use them on is up to you, but even a quick flick through a book like this usually gets me grabbing a pad of paper and a pencil. I can't wait to see the rest of the titles in this new series.

You find out more about UK reviewer Rachel Hyde at her blog: Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2012