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American Folk Art Designs and Motifs for Artists and Craftspeople (Dover Pictorial Archive Series)
American Folk Art Designs and Motifs for Artists and Craftspeople - Dover Pictorial Archive Series Author:Joseph D'Addetta Versatile collection of 309 copyright-free American folk art motifs (1710-1910) ready to use for graphic and craft projects. Flowers, fruit, border designs, geometrics, human figures, animals, birds and more, crisply rendered from objects in museums and private collections—textiles, furniture, paintings, tinware, ceramics, embroidery, etc.... more » 309 black-and-white illustrations. Publisher’s Note.« less
I wanted an Early American motif to paint on the back of a $5 wooden chair from a local yard sale. Two coats of 'distressed' black paint, an eighty-eight-cent sunflower remnant for the seat, and an adaptation of page 78 painted on the back and down the splat. Off it went to my daughter's consignment shop where three ladies fought over it all the way up to $110.00! Wow! No wonder I liked this book!
(All the designs are from authentic early American pieces like pottery, weather vanes, quilts, wooden boxes, embroidery, stencil patterns, chests, etc. The book lists what the piece was, the year and state location for historical accuracy, ie: "Bird motif from redware pottery, Pennsylvania, 1830")