What is it?
The name “Celtic” is a bit misleading. Interlace (or knotwork) was used in multiple historical periods as a decorative motif. However, it is so extensively used in what’s commonly known as Celtic Art that it has become primarily associated with that period. Characteristics include consistent over-under alteration, consistent width for each band of the interlace, and frequent use of “spade-shaped” turns. Look at the interlace within the “T” in this example from the Book of Kells:
How do you do it?
There are multiple approaches to constructing interlaces. Some claim to be more historic than others; I’m just listing them in the order that I teach them.
- The simplest method is to draw (or paint) the overall interlace shape you want, using a light color, and then go back and draw in the over/under interlace edges. Here’s a detailed description.
- Another method…
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