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Celtic Calligraphy


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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The History of Celtic Calligraphy 8
Materials 10
Basic Techniques 14
The Letterforms 22
Capital Letters and Variations 28
Putting Letters Together 30
Knotwork 34
Knotwork Corners 46
Colouring Knotwork 54
Embellishments 60
Bless This Home Step-by-step Project 84
St. Patrick's Day Step-by-step Project 90
Index 96

About the Author

Kerry has had a passion for drawing, painting and calligraphy since childhood and her love for knotworks and ancient Celtic designs emerged in her teenage years. After leaving school she went on to study art and design at South Nottinghamshire College where she was awarded a D.A.T.E.C. Diploma in Art and Design. After leaving college she did various jobs including working in a graphics department and also painting a cartoon series which was later shown on national television. She took a break to bring up her children but always kept her hand in by painting such projects as school murals and also holding calligraphy workshops. It was when her youngest child started school that she embarked on her career as a full time professional artist. She has been a full time artist now for over 20 years and in that time she has practised her craft and has moved on to create her own original knotworkings. She has also spent much time under taking many varied and different types of commissioned work She has exhibited nationally in art shows and museums, during which time her work has reached all corners of the globe. Much time also has been spent on teaching and demonstrating her art form across the U.K. enthusing others to become as involved, excited and passionate about her favourite subject as much as she is, and she hopes to bring this artistic style back to the forefront of fashion - a place where it truly belongs. Kerry lives in Nottinghamshire.


June 14

This prettily presented, clearly laid-out how-to guide on Celtic Calligraphy by Kerry Richardson serves as a non-intimidating introduction to those interested in developing the craft. Celtic calligraphy crosses the boundaries between art, tradition and craft and, with instruction on how to draw letterforms derived from original Celtic manuscripts like The Book of Kells, as well as step-by-step explanations of knotwork borders and motifs plus illumination, this book shows you how to transform your usual scribbles into art works worthy of the mediaeval Celtic scribes. Starting with all the materials you'll need and basic calligraphy techniques, the book moves on to the development of skills with design elements, exercises, clear instruction on lettering, using colour, knotwork illustration and illumination, with examples of Celtic art to inspire you along the way. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced calligrapher, there's plenty to plunder in here, particularly about Celtic influences and the way lettering can be enhanced with stylised knotwork illustration and illumination. Traditional letterforms can be transformed with an intertwining of colour, art and design. Stylised letterforms are ornament in themselves, but enhanced with knotwork, Celtic swirls and patterns, illumination, colour and design, Celtic calligraphy becomes an exciting art form, one that should you choose to can be used in fantasy art, book illustration, crafting, written work and even tattoo design. Celtic artist Kerry Richardson

specialises in Celtic knotworks. Her work has been exhibited nationally and her hope is to bring this artistic style back to the forefront of fashion.

* Irish World, The *

January 2015

A frosty January is the ideal time to take on a new craft. Celtic Calligraphy is a thrifty candidate, since little more is needed than paper, pencil, and a selection of calligraphy felt-tips. But it is the fascinating nature of the craft that is the main attraction.

I was charmed by Kerry Richardson's Celtic Calligraphy book - it is like an evening class - or a wonderful workshop weekend. Clearly a labour of love, this book packs lots and lots of attractively-presented info within its 96 pages. The author's voice is friendly and conversational. She is sharing the secrets of her beloved artform.

Not only (knot only!) do you learn how to write the beautiful Celtic uncial letterforms, controlling the pen to create thick-and-thin lines, but you also learn how to draw continous braidwork borders, and decorative floral motifs - and put them all together to make an illuminated artwork: words and pictures.

This is only a small extract of the review, to see the full review visit The Paper Craft Post blog:

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Okay. Purse designed. How to decorate it? I was browsing through Kerry Richardson's excellent book, Celtic Calligraphy

(reviewed here earlier in the year) - and I thought I'd have a go at designing Celtic knots (digital style, that is). I worked out a hearts entwined motif and a twisted border - the learning curve wasn't too steep. Will have another go soon.

* The Papercraft Post Blog *

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