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Art Deco Posters – How to Make Art Deco Posters

Art deco was the most famous international art design movement during the World War I and World War II. It had affected not only the architecture and interior design but also the industrial designs, fashion, fonts, paintings, graphics, films and other forms of art and decoration. Art deco was perfect combination of geometric lines with sense of glamour and luxury. It represented a new era of growth and machine age aesthetic. Geometric designs expressed the power and pace of modern technology. This new design movement had completely replaced the flowing and floral motifs of old times.

Art Deco Back In Fashion

Art deco, the famous mid-century modern architecture is again in limelight these days.  There is a huge demand of art deco jewelry, dresses, paintings and furniture. You may also give a slight touch of art deco to your interior by mounting an art deco poster on one of the walls of your library. There are various physical and online stores that sell art deco posters but it would be a great fun if you create an art deco poster yourself.

William W. Crouse: The Art Deco Poster

Create Your Own Art Deco Poster

Here is an easy step by step guide for you to create your own art deco poster and receive appreciation from the visitors to your home.

Things you require to create an art deco poster

  • Poster board
  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Toothbrush
  • Measuring tools

Instructions to Create an Art Deco Poster

  1. Before you start, you need some inspirations form art deco artists and the wonderful art work they have created during this post war era. For example you may take a look at the Tamara de Lempicka’s famous paintings and also get some ideas from poster designer Cassandre’s work.
  2. Next is to decide subject for your poster. Art deco age was development in automobile and airplane industries so you may choose the subject for you poster as transportation and speed. Cassandre’s most famous poster “Normandie” also illustrated this same subject line. The other options are fashion and food.
  3. Vivid color palette is another highlight of art deco posters.  Art deco posters in 1920 were made using lot of sky blues, shimmering greens and rich reds. White, black and metallic colors were also used by the art deco artists. Decide what color you would prefer for your art deco poster.
  4. Art deco shapes were geometric and they were strongly influenced by Cubism. Now the time is to fix on the method for creating these shapes on posters. You may take help form the graphic designing software but if your choice is to draw the geometric shapes yourself, make sure you have enough measuring tools with you. Cassandre used airbrush and stencils.
  5. Do not distract from the subject line. It should not look cluttered. Usually, in art deco posters one object lies right in the middle of the design, whether it’s a bottle of Campari liquor, a blimp or simply a cruise ship. The most basic of art deco posters is to see the subject in your own way by streamlining its lines.


To provide grainy texture to your art deco poster you can make use of toothbrush for shaking paint off.

Graphic imagery on Art Deco posters was streamlined and angular, so do not make faces and bodies very detailed.