Great Book of Celtic Patterns: The Ultimate Design Sourcebook for Artists and Crafters

Overview

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.

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565233140
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 189
  • Sales rank: 380,470
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lora S. Irish is an internationally known artist and author.In addition to her work as an author, in 1997, working from her home studio, Lora and her husband, Michael, created www.carvingpatterns.com, an Internet-based studio focusing on online tutorials, projects, and patterns created exclusively by Lora for crafters and artisans. The website offers more than 1,500 patterns in various subject categories, including Americana, Animal and Wildlife, Celtic Knots, Dragons and Beasts, Nautical and Sea Life, Spirit People, and many more. Lora continues to provide new patterns-and inspiration to many artists-at the site. Lora also contributes a regular relief carving pattern column to Woodcarving Illustrated magazine and is a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts magazine.

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    what a wonderful book

    I loved this book, the illustrations are wonderful and are useful in many different applications: crafting, metalsmithing, woodworking, etc. wonderful designs, nice layout.

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