Decorating Celtic Knots part 2 of 2

If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

In this post, I will talk about using coloured pencils, both on white paper and on coloured paper. All these samples were drawn on card stock.

First, I will be referring to the different strands in this knot. This particular design has three separate strands that go over and under each other. I will refer to the red strand as the left strand, the blue as the right strand, and the yellow as the middle strand.

Celtic knot strands

For the samples below, you can click the images to get a larger view if you want to examine the work more closely.

This first example is very simple. I used three shades of turquoise to colour the three strands.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

This one probably looks a lot like one of the examples in part 1 that I shaded in graphite. This was shaded with three shades of Prismacolor cool greys. I love all the shades of grey in the Prismacolor line.

Some tips for smooth shading. Be patient; coloured pencil shading is not an instant gratification technique. Start with minimal pressure with your lightest colour, then layer the darker colours.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

In this one, I coloured the middle strand with orange. The other two strands are shaded with three shades of Prismacolor warm greys.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

I used my favourite Prismacolor greys in this one, the French greys which are tinged with brown.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

Here I used those three shades of turquoise again, this time for shading.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

I did some similar shading here with the reds, but I inked the holes with black which gives a different look.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

This one is on green card stock, using three shades of green pencils. The middle strand is coloured with flat colour with the darkest green, and the other two strands are shaded to look like tubes.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

In the rest of the examples, I used a technique called impressed line. With a small ball stylus, I impress grooves into the paper in a design, before colouring. Then I colour the impressed area, and the pattern appears because the colour doesn’t reach into the grooves. If you don’t have a stylus, you can use a ballpoint pen that’s out of ink.

Here I impresses simple lines and circles following the strands, then I coloured with two shades of green.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

In this one, I did the tube-like shading in the right and left strands. In the middle strand, I impressed random lines before colouring.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

This is a similar one on purple card stock, with random impressed lines, and colouring with dark purple and white.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

This one on red card stock has some diagonal lines with dark red colour on the left and right strands, and parallel lines and yellow colour in the middle.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

And this one has impressed lines on yellow card stock, and was then coloured with red, which makes the impressed lines pop nicely.

Celtic Knot coloured pencil

Finally, I created a worksheet that you can print our on white or coloured paper paper. Click the thumbnail below to download the PDF. Have fun!

Celtic knot template 5 - shading worksheet

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6 Responses to Decorating Celtic Knots part 2 of 2

  1. ronit says:

    way cool!!!

  2. Susan Schultheis says:

    Thank you for the downloadable celtic knots to embellish. How do you draw these knots so perfectly? Is there a secret? Thanks, Sue

  3. ~ joey ~ says:

    I will most certainly be trying the “impressed” technique, LOVE the effect it creates! Thanks for inspiring me once again!
    ~ joey ~

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