Here's a few ideas for cultural designs from around the world:
- Patterns: Pattern sourcebooks are a great place to find royalty-free images for use as patterns, image transfers, or just inspiration. For a nice selection, try 1000 Motifs for Crafters -- it has about 85 pages of culturally-inspired designs. Or try one of Dover's excellent clip-art books: they have books available on Celtic Designs, Egyptian Motifs, Medieval Illustrations, North American Indian Motifs, and Oriental Designs.
- Textures: Shade-Tex makes a Cultural Pattern Set that includes textures inspired by these cultures: African, Asian, Celtic, Egyptian, Islamic, and Latin American.
- Colors: As you create, keep in mind the cultural significance of different colors. Here's a few cultural color guides:
- Inspiration from Flickr: Try browsing these photo pools:
But there's more to cultural design than other cultures. What about folk art? Or pop culture? Think of all the soup can & cartoon character possibilities!
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