3/28/18

Creating Celtic Knotwork: A Fresh Approach to Traditional Design - Cari Buziak


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Whether you're a complete beginner or have already attempted to learn the art of Celtic knotwork, this is the book for you! Artists at all levels will treasure this guide, which not only demonstrates how to duplicate patterns from a rich and varied gallery of examples but also how to take the next step to creating your own unique designs.

This newly revised edition of Creating Celtic Knotwork features a wealth of added material and revisions. Author Cari Buziak draws upon her extensive teaching experience to present easy-to-understand, well-illustrated instructions that explain all the basic techniques of Celtic patterns as well as the art's meaning and history. In addition to spirals, mazes, and step patterns, the designs include dragons, hounds, and other animals as well as human forms. Exercises and tips encourage experimentation that will allow you to develop your own variations on traditional forms. Information on drawing tools, painting materials, transferring patterns, and other practical aspects will help you get started right away.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Cari Buziak currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, with one cat, one dog, and one beehive. She enjoys crafting, creating costumes, knitting and quilting. In a mix of old techniques (handmade gesso, egg tempera, gold leaf) and new (several Mac computers) she re-creates ancient manuscripts in painted and digital form for a wide variety of merchandising and fine art needs.
Cari's current and past published works include book illustrations for Interweave Press, Penguin/Pearson Books, Llewellyn Publications, and Chronicle Books as well as designing Irish dance dresses, jewelry designs, and other commissioned works. Her work has been featured in design magazines, and she has had gallery exhibitions in Calgary, Toronto, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, Japan, London, and New York. Cari's artwork also appears in private collections in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States.

Visit her website - HERE

MY THOUGHTS -
This book is great, amazing really. There are pages and pages of instruction, diagrams, charts and graphs (grids really), everything you need to do this yourself. And yes, you really can do it yourself! I did!

I'm not saying this is easy - its Knot lol. It was hard. I started over at least 3 times. But then I finally got the hang of it. And I think the next one would go a lot better. This is not a book for children, I think they would get very frustrated. It's really for adults and older teens... and and people that kind of have a knack for this kind of thing already.

It was fun, and I was really proud of my work when I was finished. I probably will try to do some more. The directions were pretty good and the diagrams were great! There is quite a variety, some of them very beautiful. Of course I started with the easy one!

Here is the basic idea -

Get this book and try them for yourself! If anything its a great way to spend some time and a great stress reliever (or stress creator! LOL).

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Dover Crafts Thank You!!

Order your copy from Amazon - HERE
 

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