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Illuminated Celtic Cross
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Published: March 4, 2007
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I've been meaning to do a Celtic Cross for years - at least since I did my knotwork pentacles - but until I started noodling around with this one I never cared for the layouts I came up with.

The design uses three of the knotwork patterns I designed for my book "Celtic Knotwork Borders in Repeating Sections" ( [link] ) and I'm not sure whether that was partly a proof of concept, or whether I just saw ways to use the patterns I was working on. Either way, I finally did a cross as my way of offering equal time :).

The shape of a Celtic cross is an interesting one - it's based on carved stone crosses which may originally have shown up in Scotland, and the typical ring around the cross seems to have been invented to make the arms of the cross stronger. They were building for the long term in those days.

It's scaled down pretty far from the original, which I did as a 300 DPI image for an 18 x 24" poster. But its bold, large shapes still hold up pretty well.
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completelydottysven's avatar
completelydottysven|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work!!!
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You've been featured! [link]
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bethtiger's avatar
I love this. I have it as 1 of only 5 Sacred (to me) screensavers
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ZoxyveiDragonOf08's avatar
This is gorgeous! It is inspiring to see such detailed work of such quality.
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Angel0507's avatar
Love it. Nice work.
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AT-THE-CROSS|Hobbyist General Artist
love it !
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detourvel's avatar
A beautiful and inspired creation.
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WoodlandVikingWorks|Professional General Artist
Very Beautiful work!!!
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DonZellini's avatar
I love the detail.
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EagleFlyte|Hobbyist General Artist
Another mindblowing piece!!!! :D
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Gryffgirl's avatar
This is gorgeous! Your Celtic knotwork is awesome! :wow:
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ForestDwellerHouses|Professional Artisan Crafter
Great gallery, great talent I love your knot work. Fav!!
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MySoulBurns|Hobbyist General Artist
awesome work man!!
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Balgaire's avatar
Dear long did that take you?
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dawnpatrolla|Professional General Artist
nice work man.

btw, the roman catholics sent from rome to europe to convert the pagens used the circle(the sun, worshipped by pagen) combined with the christian cross to show an association (the sun, or 'son'). so rather than tell the pagens their belief was wrong, they wanted to show that they were just slightly wrong,,lol.

also, they used illuminations such as the book of kells/durrow/lindesfarne to educate the pagens about christianity through intricate designs and text..naturally the pagens had never seen such wonder and saw the priests(patrick/ declan and others) as having a superior inteeligence, therefore accepted the teachings...and then it all went wrong from then on in lol...
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RainDragonFire|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible work. Love it.
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Rosaryman|Hobbyist Artist
I too am Irish, and love the beauty and design of the celtic cross.
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bluetiger24|Hobbyist Photographer
How long did this take?!
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