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Embellishing Celtic Knots

Embellishing Celtic Knots

I have been working on ideas for my Art of the Knot class, and decided to do up a video with a few ideas.  Drawing Celtic Knots is a lot of fun,  but what to do once they are drawn?

Whether working from a template, or drawing an original knot, add tangles, color, highlights and other ornaments to a framework knot to really bring out their beauty.

Here is a quick video with just a few ideas.

Some ideas for enhancing and embellishing Celtic Knots

You can also watch this quick tutorial for drawing simple knots .

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My new Muse

My new Muse

I have been drawing lots and lots of Celtic Knots lately, but after the knot is drawn, then what?  I hadn’t been able to really come up with ideas for really enhancing the artistic aspects of these pieces.

That is, until a friend shared an image by Sulamith Wulfing, a turn of the century German artist and illustrator.  Her work focuses on fairies, nature, and spirits.  This is not normally my cup of tea, but the way she embellishes her drawings with ancient knot designs and other ornaments is beyond stunning!

Der Weg

I am so happy to have direction!

 

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Coloring Zentangle: Both Beautiful and Relaxing

Coloring Zentangle: Both Beautiful and Relaxing

Here is an interesting article from the Huffington post about adults who color.  The relaxing focus that the article writes about is applicable to drawing Zentangle, Mandalas, and Celtic Knots as well.

Here is a snippet from the article

Coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. But it also “brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.”

For me, shading and coloring Zentangle  Inspired Art is about more than creating beautiful art. Filling in space with color or pencil is very meditative.  Watching a piece bloom with color is so gratifying. The results can be positively magical.  Layering colors creates a beautiful depth that is so captivating to watch as it develops.

When my kids were young, they didn’t have coloring books.  I didn’t object to them coloring, I just wanted them to draw their own lines.  Coloring Zentangle Art, Mandalas and Celtic Knots which YOU draw gets the best of all worlds.

 

Coloring Zentangle Floritanglia in Forest Floor Colors

Floritanglia Mandala in Forest Floor Colors

Add color to your Zentangle or Mandala or Celtic Knot artwork!  Experiment!

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