Wednesday 24 January 2018

Book Review: Creating Celtic Knotwork by Cari Buziak

Title: Creating Celtic Knotwork
Author: Cari Buziak
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: 18 January 2018
Pages: 128
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Art/Non-Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Creating Celtic Knotwork is the perfect book for anyone wishing to dabble in Celtic design. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to form many traditional patterns, including animals and figures, and each step is accompanied by a clear illustration; there are even a couple of templates at the back. All in all, this is an excellent resource for designers and artists looking to incorporate a Celtic look into their work, or even just someone with academic interest, who wonders how the designs are created.

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