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Compendium of Celtic Crafts Judy Balchin

Compendium of Celtic Crafts By Judy Balchin

Compendium of Celtic Crafts by Judy Balchin

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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, paper crafts and more. Vibrant designs, stunning projects and clear step-by-step photography make this a rich and inspiring resource for craft workers of all abilities.

Compendium of Celtic Crafts Summary

Compendium of Celtic Crafts by Judy Balchin

Drawing on the timeless appeal of Celtic art and design, which has attracted artists and craft workers for centuries, this book shows how Celtic themes can be applied to a range of contemporary crafts. Beginning with Celtic illumination, this chapter guides you carefully through the intricacies of Celtic design, showing you how to construct and decorate a selection of knotwork, spiral, key and zoomorphic patterns. The next chapter covers the basic principles of Celtic lettering and decoration, and this is followed by chapters on jewellery making using Celtic knotwork designs, glass painting and paper crafts. In every section, the materials and equipment you need are carefully explained, and there are clear, step-by-step instructions guiding you through a broad range of projects. This book provides not only a strong grounding in Celtic art and design, but also abounds with beautiful things to make - from necklaces, bracelets and earrings to picture frames, decorated goblets and greetings cards. This is a fantastic practical resource that will appeal to anyone inspired by the world of the Celts, whether they are absolute beginners who wish to learn a new craft or more experienced craft workers who want to learn more about Celtic design.

Chapters 1 to 4 are based on the following books published by Search Press:Celtic Illumination by Courtney Davis (2001), Celtic Calligraphy by Vivien Lunniss (1999, Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery by Suzen Millodot (2006), Celtic Glass Painting by Judy Balchin (2000) and Classic Glass Painting by Judy Balchin (1999). The projects in Chapter 5 are by Judy Balchin and are based on those published in The Complete Book of Celtic Designs (2008).

Compendium of Celtic Crafts Reviews

Dec 08

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.

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About Judy Balchin

Judy Balchin studied art at Cardiff College of Art. Following this, she specialised in graphic design at Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone. After working as a graphics assistant at the BBC Television Centre, she joined Adverkit International Ltd as a lettering artist. This began her love affair with letters, producing book jackets, advertising logos and television titles over many years. During this time, she also became involved in the craft world. She has appeared on television, worked as a craft demonstrator, designed craft kits and run workshops. She has produced more than twenty books on various crafts and is the author of many articles for craft magazines. She continues to enjoy her creative world and is currently working on her latest book. Courtney Davis was born in South Wales, but grew up in London. It was his Welsh roots, however, that inspired a passionate interest in Celtic art. After a holiday trip to Wales he started working on a series of Celtic designs - and has ever since been inspired by the wonderful, intricate patterns, pictures of historical manuscripts and the art of the Celts. Now Courtney is a renowned contemporary artist, and his insight into the construction, balance and rhythm of the designs, as well as the symbolism and historical background has earned him worldwide recognition. Suzen Millodot has always loved arts and crafts, and is the author of the very successful books Chinese Knots for Beaded Jewellery and Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery. She is an accomplished artist, having taught batik for many years in Canada, Hong Kong and Wales. She first developed a fascination for decorative knots whilst living in Wales and later in Hong Kong. Her jewellery now incorporates knots from all over the world and from all periods of history, and she complements the knots with unusual and exotic beads she has collected on her travels. She and her husband now live in Wales very close to their daughter and grandchildren. She occasionally teaches and continues to make original jewellery and wearable art using knots and macrame. Vivien Lunniss' interest in calligraphy began many yerars ago with the gift of a fountain pen set for Christmas. Since then, the transition from hobbyist to freelance professional calligrapher has been achieved by studying hard and attending many workshops and courses. As a Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Scoeity Accredited Tutor, she is an enthusiastic and committed adult education lecturer. She also teaches workshops at various venues in the North West and is an external verifier for City & Guilds. Vivien undertakes both private and public commissions and lives in Cheshire with her husband and three children.

Table of Contents

Celtic Illumination
Celtic Calligraphy
Celtic Knotwork Jewellery
Glass Painting
Paper Crafts

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Compendium of Celtic Crafts by Judy Balchin
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