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Celtic Calligraphy


Calligraphy, knotwork and illumination by Kerry Richardson

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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BE Spiral bound
  • Publication: 02 June 2014
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782210016
  • Carton Qty: 32
  • Size: 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Illustrations: 192
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $24.95
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Celtic calligraphy crosses the boundaries between art, tradition and craft. With instruction on how to draw letterforms derived from original Celtic manuscripts like The Book of Kells, and with step-by-step explanations of knotwork borders and motifs plus illumination, this book will show you how to transform your writing into unique works of art worthy of the mediaeval Celtic scribes.

With this book you will learn how to write the beautiful calligraphy that we associate with Celtic culture, and be taught how to transform scripts that are based on original medieval manuscripts into lovely projects to treasure. Starting with the materials you need and basic calligraphy techniques, the book will move on to the development and improvement of skills with design elements, exercises, clear instruction on lettering, using colour, knotwork illustration and illumination, with inspirational examples of Celtic art and lettering. Beginners will find much to help them in this practical guide and more experienced calligraphers will learn much about Celtic influences and the way lettering can be enhanced with stylised knotwork illustration and illumination.

Traditional letterforms can be transformed into unique works of art with an intertwining of colour, art and design. Stylised letterforms are ornament in themselves, but enhanced with knotwork, Celtic swirls and patterns, illumination, colour and design, Celtic calligraphy becomes an exciting art form based in fascinating ancient traditions. This can be taken into the realms of fantasy art, book illustration, crafting, written work and into tattoo design.

  • Modern interpretation of a popular ancient craft
  • Spiral-bound format makes reference simple while you work
  • Clear, bold designs and thematic presentation

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

The History of Celtic Calligraphy 8

Materials 10

Basic Techniques 14

The Letterforms 22
Capital Letters and Variations 28
Putting Letters Together 30

Knotwork 34
Knotwork Corners 46
Colouring Knotwork 54
Embellishments 60
Bless This Home Step-by-step Project 84
St. Patrick's Day Step-by-step Project 90

Index 96

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