I began to get the idea of designing a volume of patterns myself
I had to wonder why on Earth one more book ought to exist. It
didn’t seem to be enough to offer a series of designs
that were original and unique, although these are; the field’s
simply too wide for that alone to matter. I think I found the
answer when I thought about what all those books were, and how
they address what an artist needs and wants."
Knotwork Borders in Repeating Sections
is a collection of original Celtic knotwork border designs
presented in a way that's meant to allow artists the freedom
to create knotwork borders in virtually any size, and practically
any shape, that they want.
book uses a modular system in which a border design is reduced
to either two or five straight sections, and a variety of arc
sections with different numbers of repeats around a full circle.
sections are meant to be rotated as needed to form square, rectangular,
or circular borders to use in your work.
left, you can see a series of straight sections - and at the
right, a simple diagram shows one of the many ways in which
those parts can be combined. There are plenty of examples of
these possibilities throughout the book.
Every one of the patterns includes several circle sections.
That in itself is unusual in books of this type. But half of
the border designs also include "inner borders", meant
to branch inward from the
main frame in order to subdivide your border vertically, horizontally,
or in both directions.
book's approach is based on the author's experience of more
than 25 years, and it's intended to teach you to think about
repeating patterns in a way that'll improve your own work -
the idea is that the mechanical task of laying out a border
should be streamlined, leaving you free to concentrate on the
much more creative work of painting, carving, or dyeing it.
text includes ideas on how to scale the patterns - they're printed
here in many sizes, but it's inevitable that you'll want more
- and that and other information is given for both digital and
traditional artists. And because it's wire-bound the book wil
lay flat for copying, tracing or scanning.
you buy the book, the designs are free for unlimited use within
your own projects, both private and commercial. The only restriction
on these rights is that you may not reproduce the pattern parts
themselves, outside of your original art, for redistribution.
is, you can use the designs in any way you like for your own
work. You're completely free to sell that work, or reproductions
of that work. You just aren't allowed to make a clip art collection
out of them, or otherwise reproduce the pattern sections alone
in a form that others can use.