Myshelf.com: Celtic art, with its interlaced patterns, fabulous beasts and love of bright colors is enjoying a period of particular popularity at the moment. Here is a whole book of projects where you can paint, draw and craft all manner of items in the Celtic style. This compendium brings together projects from five earlier books plus a few new and revised pieces. Celtic art is different from most other styles in that it has to be constructed rather than just drawn, and this technique has to be learned before anything else can happen. There are some relatively easy to follow methods showing how this can be done (although bear in mind that this is a huge topic) with rulers and math instruments . I say relatively because this is not a simple style to construct and to do it fluently would require a very large tome indeed. But you can make a decent fist of it with this book, even attempting some of the advanced zoomorphic work if you have progressed that far. Having mastered the basics the book goes on to show you how calligraphy Celtic style can be done, as well as applying the methods to glass painting and papercrafts. A departure from drawing and coloring is present too in the section dealing with knot tying. Anybody looking for a challenge and something a bit different won't be disappointed with this book, although the purchase of at least one additional book on the constructing side of things would be advisable. Karenplatt.co.uk: Celtic themes never go out of fashion. They are intricate, intriguing, inspirational and can be used innovatively. This fantastic 192-page colour book is a showcase for some of the best crafters who use celtic design in their work. The front cover gives some ideas as to what to expect inside. The book is actually divided into five chapters on illumination, calligraphy, jewellery, painting and paper. In each chapter you will find information on materials and equipment, the basic principles applicable to that particular craft area. Examples are given of the craft and then the demonstrations show you how it is done. This book is so beautifully produced with the clearest of examples and how-to-demonstrations. The use of celtic symbols and lettering is exquisite, this is truly inspirational. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of work and who is inspired by Celtic themes. It is very reasonably priced and very useful. Drawing on the timeless appeal of the Celts, this book brings together a broad range of contemporary crafts and shows you how to apply Celtic art and design to jewellery making, glass painting and paper crafts. Vibrant designs, stunning projects and clear step-by-step photography make this a rich and inspiring resource for craft workers of all abilities. Celtic designs are easy to convert to punchcard or electronic patterns, machine embroidery motifs and will also inspire those of you who make jewellery. A great source of colour and inspiration.-Machine Knitting Monthly
About the Author
Judy Balchin is an artist and the author of many books, including "The Complete Book of Art Nouveau Designs," "Crafty Activities," "Handmade Art Nouveau Cards," "Making Christmas Tree Decorations," and "Papercrafts for Christmas." Courtney Davis is a contemporary artist and the author of several books, including "101 Celtic Beasts," "101 Celtic Spirals," "Celtic and Old Norse Designs," and "Celtic Stained Glass Coloring Book." Vivien Lunniss is an accredited calligrapher and the author of "Celtic Calligraphy." Suzen Millodot is an artist who has taught batik for many years in Canada, Hong Kong, and Wales. She is the author of "Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery," "Chinese Knots for Beaded Jewellery," and" Ornamental Knots for Beaded Jewellery."