A beautifully illustrated photocopiable collection of decorative
Aztec designs, motifs and patterns. These classic illustrations
will inspire craftspeople, artists, needleworkers and all those
interested in crating their own original ideas and projects.
About the Designs
The designs in this book come from a variety of sources. As the
Aztecs used hieroglyphs and pictograms for writing, objects were
simply drawn and brightly colored for clear understand, and despite
the destruction of the Spanish conquest, many pictures have survived
in illustrated manuscripts called codexes.
Animals are a common feature of Aztec art, particularly snakes,
rabbits, insects and birds. They were treated naturalistically,
often carved on knife handles or painted on pottery. The Aztecs
also depicted fantastic supernatural creatures, such as Xiuhcoatl,
the Fire Serpent.
Mosaic work was common, using either semi-precious stones such
as turquoise, opal or cornelian to decorate ceremonial masks or
jewelry. Aztec featherwork was also famous, using feathers from
bright tropical birds (especially the green-plumed quetzal) to make
cloaks, ceremonial shields, fans and headresses. Other designs are
taken from the Aztec calendars, massive blocks of stone carved with
the signs of the zodiac, images of the sun and symbols of the four
ages of the world, or from the massive statues of gods that decorated
Aztec temple areas.
Fair Use Warning
Design Source Books are a beautiful series of themed pattern books
for virtually any craft. The designs can be used as stencil or embroidery patterns,
stationery designs, furniture decoration, glass painting guides or whatever
your imagination chooses. The designs can be photocopied, traced, colored, adapted
or used as inspiration for originating your own designs. They will stand up
well to reproduction at any scale.
These are photocopiable pattern books from Search Press, Ltd. The designs in each
book are the property of Search Press, Ltd. Readers are permitted to reproduce
up to 15 of the individual designs for any single graphic or craft project without
the prior permission of the publishers. Wherever possible readers should acknowledge
the title, author and publisher.
Examples of full page illustrations