Several years ago, I started reading through Ambleside Online Year 7 in preparation for my oldest going through the curriculum. One of the suggested books is English Literature for Boys and Girls by H.E. Marshall. It’s a fantastic journey through the history of English poetry, stories, and the stories behind the authors.
Down the rabbit hole, I went back to the primary sources for her writing and found really great old Celtic stories in a book called Celtic Wonder World by Clara Linklater Thomson. Every story made me want to stop and draw all the pictures, but I knew to sincerely illustrate these stories, I would have to include some pretty Celtic knots for decorative borders and more. I used to draw them all the time, so a little refresher from YouTube, and I was back in business.
I’m still working on illustrating those Celtic Wonder World stories. In the meantime, Celtic knots are my favorite thing to doodle in my downtime. Then – coloring them with a dash of watercolor makes it so much more fun.
If you’d like to try out the knots – find you a good youtube tutorial and play around. They are easier than you think and they will actually make you think.
Three Knots – Micron Pens and Watercolor on Watercolor Paper