Celtic Knots: Mastering the Traditional Patterns: A Step-by-Step Guide (Celtic Design Series)

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A new step-by-step guide to the most popular form of Celtic design.Celtic knotwork is the single most widely appealing form within the rich repertoire of Celtic design. Aidan Meehan's new book provides step-by-step instruction for anyone who wants to master the traditional methods of freehand Celtic knot design and then progress to designing fresh knotwork patterns and variations. First, Meehan carefully and clearly explains how to draw the basic knot. Once that technique has been mastered, Meehan shows how to ...
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Overview

A new step-by-step guide to the most popular form of Celtic design.Celtic knotwork is the single most widely appealing form within the rich repertoire of Celtic design. Aidan Meehan's new book provides step-by-step instruction for anyone who wants to master the traditional methods of freehand Celtic knot design and then progress to designing fresh knotwork patterns and variations. First, Meehan carefully and clearly explains how to draw the basic knot. Once that technique has been mastered, Meehan shows how to create designs with more complex knots, and how to draw border layouts. The book takes you through every step of the process, and exercises at the end of each unit ensure that you have mastered the techniques before you proceed to the next stage. 2843 illustrations.

Author Biography: Aidan Meehan is well known as a teacher and practitioner of Celtic design. Artists, designers, calligraphers, and craftspeople everywhere will find this book invaluable.

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Celtic knot patterns look simple but have rules that must be followed in drawing to insure that they come out right. Meehan, a prolific author in the field of Celtic design, provides an instruction and exercise book for a 20-week course that would require some perseverance to complete. However, the detail and comprehensiveness of the exercises make this is a valuable resource for calligraphers, costume designers, and others interested in Celtic arts. This is a book for specialized art collections. Public libraries may find less complex guides, such as Sheila Sturrock's Celtic Knotwork Designs or Andy Sloss's How To Draw Celtic Knotwork, adequate for their needs. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500283998
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/19/2003
  • Series: Celtic Design Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2003

    Knot as difficult as it seems

    In a day when computer programs can generate knotwork and clip-art sources for Celtic art abound, it is refreshing to see a new and serious effort being made to train the hand, eye and mind in the skill and understanding of this art form. The technique is interesting in an historical sense because it shows how human hands could accomplish 'the work of angels' and it is also of great value to the modern hand-craftsman who wishes to continue in this tradition. The method of knotwork construction that Meehan teaches is remarkable for a reason that the author only casually mentions. This is that the layout marks are absorbed into the finish piece. An artist working in permanent ink, as did the medieval scribes who illuminated such masterpieces as the Book of Kells, after they have mastered the technique, can draw complicated knots without erasing or leaving messy layout marks. The book begins with a series of three grids, illustrated by dots and lines. These are necessary to illustrate the system, but unfortunately may give the reader the impression that the system is overwrought. Perhaps the author says a bit more than is needed at first, because the system is pretty easy to use once you understand it. In fact, by thoroughly illustrating the simplest knots in relationship to the grids in the first lessons, Meehan is making it possible (if the student perseveres) to layout more complicated knots with an economy of effort and ink. I highly recommend the book, but with the caution that the first lessons require patience. Had he cut to the chase without quite so much preliminary analysis I would gladly give it 5 stars. Stephen Walker

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