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  • Drawing Circular Knotwork
    by Dawn Obrecht

    Drawing Celtic knots looks complicated, but it can be a very easy process when you break it down into steps! I've used a knot from my painting "Spring" to show you just how easy it is to create circular knots.

    "Spring" full-size painting. The pink knot is the knot we will be working with. (Coincidentally it is the same knot on the bottom.)

    Step 1:

    First you need to decide where you want the knot to be and mark where the center will be. My knot is 4" in diameter so I marked a spot slightly bigger with both a horizontal and a vertical line to find my starting point.

    Step 2:

    From the center point, I used a compass to mark the outer circle. I also drew guide circles to mark the edges of where the loops would be. This helps keep the whole knot looking more uniform. I then divided the circle into 6 equal wedges using a protractor. These are marked with the heavy red lines. I also noted where the knot intersects with dashed lines based on degree measurements with my protractor. I also bisected the original 60-degree wedges with a lighter red line. This comprises the gridwork that I will base the knot off of.

    Step 3:

    I then sketch the knot out using a single line, using the grid as my guide.

    Step 4:

    I then change the line into a "strip". You can make it as wide or as narrow as you like. Try to keep it as even as possible.

    Step 5:

    Erase certain lines to create a weaved (over/under) look. I always ink at this point, then erase all the gridwork/sketching.

    Step 6:

    Color the whole knot using a base color. Youíll want to use the lightest color of the knot palette. I used colored pencil for this knot, but the same rules apply for watercolors, which is what I used on "Spring".

    Step 7:

    Color the edges that go "under" the other parts of the knots. Use a color that's a few shades darker than your base color. This will give the knot depth and make it look like itís actually weaved.

    Step 8:

    Blend the dark in to the light to smooth the transition of color. This makes the knot look satiny and smooth.

    This is what the same knot looks like in "Spring":

    I hope this helps you in the quest to draw Celtic knots! It's so much fun to experiment with different kinds and styles. You can use different colors for different strands (as in the above knot in "Spring") to give it a more complex look.

    Enjoy!

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