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Topic: Celtic Gecko + celtic knot tutorial  (Read 18133 times)
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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.

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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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