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« on: October 20, 2009 05:11:32 AM »

Being of Irish descent I have always been fascinated by the Celtic knot work you see on Irish and Scottish monuments, illuminated manuscripts etc. A few years ago I had the opportunity to finally do a course that taught you how to actually draw the blasted things. I sweated blood when I designed my wedding invitations and on day one or said course, I found out how much easier it would have been had I only had the skills and the know how.... sigh.
This is the first piece I have done in a long time - 4 children will do that to your creative streak. It's more contemporary than other pieces I have done; I have used a mix of celtic knotwork and dots: I like the dot paintings of the Australian Aborigines and found the you can't reproduce those dots any other way other than dobbing the end of a stick (or paintbrush) into paint and then dotting it onto your canvas!
This piece has been executed in acrylics.



Celtic knot tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=325031.msg3753475#msg3753475
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009 05:16:51 AM »

wow that is fantastic. great work. I love the gecko's they look so cool
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009 05:44:13 AM »

being of dual nationality, irish and australian. I love this. I love how you have brought the two quite distinct styles together
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009 06:29:23 AM »

Oh, I just love this!  You did such a great job!  Makes me want to learn Celtic knotwork too Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009 06:29:45 AM »

Also being an Aussie of Irish descent this makes total sense to me! I love the way you combined the two styles without it looking like a mash up. Great work!
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2009 10:10:36 AM »

I really love this! I like the mix of styles.
I've tried my hand at drawing knotwork and given up every time. Maybe I need to take a class! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2009 10:23:46 AM »

Beautifully done! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2009 11:30:42 AM »

This is great!
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2009 12:52:28 PM »

I especially love the toes on the Geckos.
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2009 03:17:12 PM »

This is gorgeous and so original!! The combination of the two styles really works. Great job!
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2009 04:27:43 PM »

There are many different ways of constructing the knots, but the easiest - all right it is time consuming -is the method of construction by George Baines. He studied the celtic knotwork and zoomorphics of the Picts, the various illuminated manuscripts and sculptures and found that it was all based on a gridwork pricked onto the vellum or stone. You can then design a knot to specifically fit any nook on your piece of work!

Celtic animals have a distinct style, so Google and see what comes up, or have a look at George Baines's book Celtic Knots Method of Construction. I drew the Gecko's first, add the stylised bits and then constructed their knotted tongues and tails.

Measure your space and start marking a grid at regular intervals. After a while you don't even use a ruler to measure!


Then put a dot in the middle of your grid dots.



Make diagonal strokes in one direction first. These fit inside the dots you've made; don't join the dots as you will end up with a basket weave rather than a knot with spaces.



Then go back agan in the other direction.



Where the strokes "touch the edges" you make a bend to join up with an adjacent part of the ribbon. In the corners you kink it back to form those distinctive knot corners.



You can findout more at:
http://www.zuggsoft.com/sca/celtic/celtic.htm
http://mysite.verizon.net/mihaloew/celtic/class_basic.shtml
http://www.aon-celtic.com/cknotwork.html

Have fun!
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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2009 05:55:27 AM »

I am totally in love with this! Great work!
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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2009 05:24:21 PM »

That's gorgeous. The colors are so rich.
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2009 04:23:05 AM »

i love this though for some reason i prefer the gecko on the left to the one on the right Huh
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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2009 04:12:01 AM »

Your knot work is very clean, it's impressive. I love it!
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