I'm working on something decorative and ornate and I'm reminded of Aubrey Beardsley, one of my favorite illustrators. He was active in the late 1800's, a contemporary of Oscar Wilde's, whose books and plays Beardsley often illustrated. His work manages to be beautiful and flowing, strange and creepy all at the same time. Years ago, I scooped up a biography of Beardsley at the Strand and was excited to spend a little time in Aubrey Beardsley's world. He was enormously popular and controversial during his short career in London and he died so young - at the age of 25.
I was just watching The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) on TCM and was reminded of Beardsley again (go watch the Curious Cat clip from the movie at the TCM link). The set design and art direction will inspire you and put you in the right stylistic frame of mind for looking at his illustrations, and there's even a copy of the Beardsley illustrated edition of Le Morte D' Arthur sitting on a pedestal in Dorian Gray's salon.
I have my own copy, a slightly blurry reproduction, and it's one of my favorite resources for intricate vine work and borders, it's filled from cover to cover with Beardsley's art. I found Le Morte D' Arthur used at the Strand too when I was on my Beardsley kick. I went up to the top floor that day to look at the original editions of the Yellow Book, rare and out of reach of my budget, but with the wealth of Aubrey Beardsley's images available on the internet, we can all be inspired by the strange beauty of his work on a moment's whim.