French Decorative Designs Colouring Book

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The French have long been leaders in the creation of textiles and wall coverings, especially during the art deco period of the 1920s. Influenced by art nouveau and modernist styles, designers made bold statements with vivid colours and dazzling patterns.

The images represented in this colouring book were created by a variety of accomplished artists. E. A. Séguy was one of the leading French pattern designers. He created stylized insect, bird, and flower patterns using striking colour combinations, some of which were manufactured as textiles or wallpaper.

Séguy and others published design folios using the pochoir technique, a printing process that uses stencils to create clean lines and a wet appearance. Pochoir is labor intensive, and at its peak as many as thirty graphic design studios in France each employed as many as 600 workers. Less-expensive printing techniques, such as colour lithography, came to replace pochoir.

  • Soft cover book with staple binding
  • 48 pages with 22 images to colour
  • Size: 8½ x 11 in.
  • Colouring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed