Synopses & Reviews
Take a Journey Through the Knotted Path of Celtic Art In Great Book of Celtic Patterns, nationally known artist and best-selling author Lora S. Irish introduces you to the influential art form known as Celtic Knot work and unravels the secrets to creating it's intricate and beautiful designs. With over 200 original patterns and easy-to-follow lessons that can be applied to a multitude of arts and crafts, you'll learn the basics of creating the knotted line and the simple twists and braids that form the basis of Celtic art. In no time, you'll be able to incorporate knot patterns and finials, such as animals, leaves, or scroll work, into an unlimited number of styles and layouts that can artistically stand alone or adorn any form of craft. Great Book of Celtic Patterns is the essential guide for any artist or crafter seeking to create the historical beauty of Celtic Art. Inside you'll Find: *The origins and history of Celtic art *Step-by-step instructions for creating twists, braids, and knotted lines *Easy Methods for crafting your own layouts and knot patterns *A guide to enhancing your work with color *A gallery of the author's Celtic knot work
Whether you are a designer, a craftsperson, or an artist, the Great Book of Celtic Patterns will offer you not only a historical overview of the origins of Celtic art but also a vast choice of designs from which you may create your own work.
"This beautifully presented guide explores and explains the full spectrum of Celtic art during a critical period in its development. The in-depth instructions, suggestions, and demonstrations will make this an invaluable companion for artists wanting to master these intricate and timeless designs for their own work. But the wide appeal of this substantial book should also be stressed. The stunning and luxurious illustrations will delight anyone who is simply curious about the history of Celtic knot work and enjoys getting lost among its twists and textures."
"This is an outstanding book that could be used in many different craft applications; from metalsmithing to wood block cuttings, to stationary design and more. I could think of many different ways someone could use this book to fit their craft medium, even t-shirt designs. The book even has a great feel to it. It is substantial, with slick pages and wonderful illustrations showing different Celtic patterns with details demonstrating how to re-create them. The first section of the book shows beautiful color illustrations of full blown Celtic designs that inspire. Chapter by chapter you will learn about patterns, plotting and graphing designs, and how to alter designs to fit within a specific format or space. Next you will learn about line enhancement and love knot designs, not to mention Viking animals, finials and fantasy creatures. While I had no prior Celtic pattern or design experience, I found this book to be inspirational and it provided me with great knowledge of Celtic designs that I could use in my crafts."
Calling on geometric forms found in Celtic monuments and manuscripts, this crafter's companion presents basic design principles and step-by-step instructions for plotting out and drawing lines, twists, braids, and knots in the ancient Irish tradition. With lessons that can be applied to a multitude of arts and crafts--from needlework and woodworking to decorative painting--this instructional guide unravels the secrets to creating intricate Celtic knot work. Offering increasingly intricate designs with the addition of lines and new textures, artisans of any skill level will revel in the endless archive of original patterns provided in this sourcebook.
Calling on geometric forms found in Celtic monuments and manuscripts, this crafter’s companion presents basic design principles and step-by-step instructions for plotting out and drawing lines, twists, braids, and knots in the ancient Irish tradition. With lessons that can be applied to a multitude of arts and crafts—from needlework and woodworking to decorative painting—this instructional guide unravels the secrets to creating intricate Celtic knot work. Offering increasingly intricate designs with the addition of lines and new textures, artisans of any skill level will revel in the endless archive of original patterns provided in this sourcebook.
Unravel the secrets to creating Celtic knot work as you adorn your completed wood burning, carving, and scrolling projects with beautifull twists, braids and textures. Features 200 original patterns and designs.
Now wood burners, carvers, scrollers, and artists can adorn their finished work with custom Celtic designs. With more than 200 original patterns and clear, expert instruction, this book unravels the secret to creating Celtic knot work and its beautiful twists, braids and textures. More than a pattern book, artists of all skill levels, working in any medium, can learn how to create their very own stunning Celtic art.
About the Author
Lora S. Irish runs a pattern design business and is the author of many craft books, including Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Great Book of Fairy Patterns, North American Wildlife Patterns for the Scroll Saw, and Wildlife Carving in Relief. She lives in Mount Airy, Maryland.
Table of Contents
From the Author/Artist viii Chapter 1 The Origins of Celtic Knots 1 An introduction to the history of interlocking and interlacing line designs. Chapter 2 Gallery 9 Using Celtic knot work iin various media. Chapter 3 Celtic Line and Knot Patterns 23 Understanding twists, braids and knotted lines. Chapter 4 Plotting and Graphing knots 31 Using graph paper to create and modify knotted lines. Chapter 5 Layout Ideas 45 Creating borders, corners, and multiple interlocking knots. Chapter 6 Pattern Changes 51 Altering designs to work within a specific layout or space. Chapter 7 Finials for Interlocking Designs 55 Using Animals, leaves, and scrolls to finish knotted lines. Chapter 8 Line Enhancements 67 Adding accents and interior designs to create more complex, textured patterns. Chapter 9 Adding Color 73 A step-by-step guide to enhancing your work with color. Chapter 10 Celtic Knot Patterns 81 Line Patterns 82 Corner Patterns 98 Circles, Squares, and Motifs 111 Viking Animals 128 Finials 146 Variations on Line Texture 152 Fantasy 156 Religious Symbols 180 Glossary of Terms 188 Index 189