Handbook of Decorative Motifs

Birthe Koustrup (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

Four-color ornamental illustrations fill the pages of Handbook of Decorative Motifs, offering a lively catalog of inspired design ideas and models for decorative painters, interior designers, and craftspeople.

Plants and flowers, borders and bouquets, popular art, chinoiserie, and faience, Koustrup, provides simple design techniques as well as more general tips on caring for plant and flower models to help ceramicists, cloth painters, embroiderers, and weavers adapt the motifs to their own styles and on their own mediums. From Kellinghusen faience patterns to floral garlands and the traditional Danish “three tulip” motif, this handbook is a rich source of inspiration for and artistic creators of all ability levels and persuasions.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • August 2004
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73148-4
  • 7 × 9.6 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Visually rich and wide-ranging in scope, this book is a treasury of nature-inspired design ideas, from plants and flowers to folk art. Offering over 250 four-colour decorative motifs, this handbook is an ideal creative resource for porcelain painters, ceramicists, textile designers, wood and metal workers and anyone who takes nature as a visual inspiration.” — Period House

“While thinking of things decorative the more artistically skillful among you—whatever medium, fine or decorative, you work in—will probably want to obtain a copy of this new book by Birthe Koustrup, who came from the Danish artistic dynasty the Thornam family who were renowned for their flower designs. Flowers, animals, birds, fish, folk art and chinoiserie designs can be found in this delightfully practical book.” — Tim Forrest, Mayfair and St. James's Life (UK)

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