What is it?
• “Celtic Knots” are stylized, graphical representations of knots and braids.
• Interlacing, endless knot patterns.
• Used for decoration extensively in the Celtic style of Insular art (post-Roman history of Ireland and Great Britain); started around 600 AD.
The Book of Kells, circa 800
Early 7th century, Gold, garnet, and millefiori glass
Stone, Celtic cross
The Great Pavement, AD 325, Roman mosaic laid in Great Britain.
Celtic Knot Design Draft1) Fold paper in ¼s.2) Lightly draw an ‘X’ on each of the 2 folded edges to remind you which edges
are folded.3) Draw at least 3 curving lines; they should intersect each other: ***
Start on one of the folded edges and finish on the other folded edge. Space them at least 1” apart.
4) Go back and make a “road” with each of the curving lines. The “road” must be as thick as your finger (not skinny like your pencil).
5) Erase some lines where the roads intersect, making some go over some go under each other.
6) Use the pressure-transfer method to “draw” the design on the whole paper.
• Refold your paper so that what you have drawn so far in on the inside.• Trace the back of the lines. The pressure from your pencil causes the
lead to transfer to the paper opposite from it. Thus, “drawing” those lines.• Continue tracing and refolding until the entire design is finished.• Retrace any portion to make it darker, if necessary.
Celtic Knot Composition
1) Get a project paper from Mrs. Smethers.
2) Lightly tape your design draft to the project paper.
3) Go to the window and LIGHTLY trace/ transfer your design onto the project paper.
4) Get a black pen from Mrs. Smethers and retrace again.
5) Fill in open areas by drawing textures (see the TEXTURE idea sheet). Must have more textured areas than open areas, but you do need some open areas.
6) With watercolors, paint your composition. You may leave some small areas black and white to add contrast and interest to your composition.