Thursday, 6 June 2013

Simple Celtic Knot - Project 1

Have you ever wanted to draw some really effective Celtic knots to enhance your calligraphy project?  There are so many different styles of Celtic knots and you can make some designs up yourself.  You can find Celtic knots everywhere, on stained glass windows, churches, crosses, cathedrals, ancient manuscripts, old floor tiles, necklaces and love pendants.  Many tattoo artists’ use Celtic knots for their designs too.

Simple Rules of Celtic Knots Designs

Celtic knots have a simple rule, they are characterised by interwoven designs, like ribbon, that go round forever.  You can introduce Celtic knot designs in your calligraphy work, for example, for a wedding invitation or a card for a special occasion.

A Video Demonstration Showing How To Draw a Simple Celtic Knot - Freehand

Here, I have drawn a simple Celtic knot freehand style, using some very simple art materials, which is some layout paper, a black marker pen, some soft nibbed pencils for shading and some pastel pencils to introduce some soft, faint colour but you can use a different medium such as paint or gouache if you prefer.

Start off by using a hard nibbed pencil to map out the Celtic knot.  You can use layout paper over a grid for guidelines.  Carefully map out your chosen Celtic knot design with the pencil, drawing the knot, making sure the ‘ribbon’ is the same width throughout.  Draw the ribbon so it appears to weave over and under itself.  Once you have drawn the ribbon with the pencil, you can then use a thin nibbed black pen to draw over the pencilled lines.  When you are drawing a design freehand style, you have to keep a steady hand and take your time drawing over the pencilled guidelines.

When you have finished drawing the Celtic knot using the pen, you can then use some soft pencils to shade the ribbon so it gives an appearance of weaving under and over itself.  Once you have completed the shading, you can introduce some colour using any medium desired.

This Celtic knot design can be used to set of a calligraphy project and can be copied over and over again, like a repeated pattern, for example.  This can be very effective for boarders or to frame some texts and fonts as part of your work project.
Researching Celtic Knot Patterns

You can find all sorts of Celtic knot designs by researching the Internet, books and looking around Churches and cathedrals.  You can make some designs up yourself too, but remember that the ‘ribbon’ has to go over and under itself, like a road that goes over and under a bridge.