It’s nearly the end of the holidays which is a relief, this month doesn’t seem to have passed by quite so quickly… having the kids at home all day does that! Ha! We’ve had a good time though and took a trip to up to Lindisfarne to the abbey to see where the Lindisfarne gospels were created. I’ve always loved Celtic knots and swirls, so it’s perfect timing that Marsha chose swirls for the theme challenge this month. I treated myself to a book on creating knots while I was there, it was different to the others I have in that the descriptions show you exactly how to create knots to fit any shape. Another day out provided lots of beautifully shaped beach pebbles so I though this month’s challenge would be the perfect opportunity to put them both together.
The book is fantastic and showed how the monks created grids to make their amazingly intricate patterns. Although the pebbles are rounded, I thought I’d try the grid technique out and see if it really was that simple.
In the book, it explains how to mark the grid with stops that create a barrier to the knots. You then draw the pattern without crossing over the barriers and that creates the woven design of the knot. This knot design is copied, but you have to start somewhere!
I painted the rock with gouache. It’s not waterproof so will need to be sealed, but I love the colours and the matt finish!
After reading a little more of the principals of designing knots, I had a go at a couple of simple designs myself…
I’d like to make lots more of these, rock painting is really relaxing to do!
Thank you to Marsha for a brilliant challenge, it’s been fun to properly learn a new technique, and these will live in my garden as a reminder of a lovely summer!
This is a blog hop. I hope you’ll join me in visiting the rest of the team and special guests to see more spiral creations.
I’ll be away again for this reveal (we’re going looking at caves in Derbyshire!) But I will be round to hop at the weekend 🙂
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