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Flash - Celtic Knots 1 Line

By sidneyeileen
Lineart for a Celtic knotwork tattoo flash sheet I made back in 2003.
11"x14", micron pen on paper

Lineart version is here: [link]
To view the full set of flash, look here: [link]

Many of these knots are traditional knots, or variations on traditional knots.
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Dear Sidney Eileen,

May I use or buy to use the knot in the upper right hand corner of the above for the self-published music CD I am just about to put out, just that one and none of the others? For my purposes, it is the best Celtic knot I have been able to find! Thank you, m
FrozenInSpace's avatar
These are gorgeous.
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NinjaBunny07's avatar
these look so neat and crisp! great work! i've been lookin around online for different knots because i'm trying to turn this tattoo design [link] into a bunch of celtic knots for my fiance. i'll say one thing's for sure: working with celtic knots can be a pain, but are definitely worth it once you look at the finished product. lol
sidneyeileen's avatar
Sounds awesome. :) I like the original design too.
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AriaFawn's avatar
I know nothing of knotwork yet but I do know that I admire your skills with it extremely. I just begin coming up with my own , non-traditional knot designs for my tattoo apprenticeship but I truly hope one day I am as good as you, your lines are so flawless and they follow through each other beautifully. I showed them to one of my bosses and I think she was impressed as well. I especially love the bottom left one, the little braid down the center is really pretty. Lovely job!:blackrose:
sidneyeileen's avatar
Thanks! :hug: I love tattoos. At one point I had hoped to get an apprenticeship myself, but I could never afford to get enough tattoos to charm into an unpaid apprenticeship, and if I couldn't afford to get tattoos I sure as shit couldn't afford to pay for an apprenticeship. If the opportunity were to come up, it's still something I would love to do. In fact, your comment has made me think about going to visit a tattoo artist I haven't seen in years, not since moving out of his area. I'd love to see how he's doing. I heard some time ago he had managed to get his own shop, despite the bad economy.
AriaFawn's avatar
Aww you certainly would make an awesome tattoo artist so I reeeeaaallly hope you go for it! I was very blessed and lucky in that when I had finally saved enough to get some of my artwork as a tattoo my artist asked to see my other works and it went from there... But the cost of equipment is estimated at quite a bit so I understand the money factor as I am quite broke. But with your skills, you should for sure pursue it!:blackrose:
sidneyeileen's avatar
Thanks. It would be lovely if I can ever manage to make a living on my art. :hug:
ruchti5's avatar
I've been wanting to get the inner strength (midde row, second from the left) knot inked for a quite awhile now and haven't found good enough references online, THANK YOU!
sidneyeileen's avatar
"Inner Strength"? You're welcome for the reference, but the knots don't have meanings. They were attributed with meanings for marketing purposes from the 60's onwards, but originally were just beautiful designs. If you go looking around and compare the labels given by different people selling different stuff using the same knots, you'll find that none of them agree. When I purchased one of my silver rings the seller volunteered that the knot was the "sacred celtic Love knot". Yeah right! I've seen the exact same pattern used on the edge of a bronze-age shield to re-enforce it for bashing the enemy. "I love you!" WHACK! LOL. It was pretty so I bought it. If you like the design, that is all that matters. :hug:
ruchti5's avatar
nothing says i love you like a good whack with a shield :D
SlayerXiena's avatar
if it's ok with you I used your knots to make the tattoos on a drawing ^.\\" at first i was going to re-draw them but I deiced to be lazy ^.\\"

her is the [link] so you can view the finish piece ^.\\
sidneyeileen's avatar
:nod: These pieces aren't stock, but, ah, ok.....
SlayerXiena's avatar
sorry I was lazy and didn't feel like drawing them in Ai ^.\\ you don't mind do you?
sidneyeileen's avatar
No, I'm not upset, but you may want to pay more attention to that kind of thing in the future. If something isn't in the "Resources" galleries, it's best to ask first because a lot of people do get very upset when their art pieces are commandeered as if they were stock. There's a lot of art in my gallery I would have been upset about, but the knots in this spread are so simplistic (and mostly versions of ancient knotwork rather than anything completely unique) that there's nothing here to specifically worry about.
SlayerXiena's avatar
thanks and I do ask a lot before I use but one of my watchers watch you and they jumped down my throat when I posted something similar to some one else work that I didn't know about. and so I wanted to let you know in case they saw it even though I linked it ^.\\" like I said sorry and I'd take them off if you ask ^.\\
sidneyeileen's avatar
I'm not worried about you taking it off. Like I said, part of the reason I don't mind in this case is that the designs are for the most part just variations of multi-century or multi-millenia old designs, so as far as I'm concerned the designs don't truly "belong" to me, even though the specific inked piece of art does belong to me. They are not that unique. A link isn't even necessary, because it might encourage someone else to treat my flash sheet like stock. Thank you for letting me know anyway. I appreciate the honesty. :nod:
SlayerXiena's avatar
You're welcome hun. I'll put a note next to the link. Have a nice day. ^.\\
LovelessNirvana's avatar
Please, please, please tell me you know what the knot in the top right corner is called?! I've been looking for it for fricken ever and still can't find it's name. Do you know it?
sidneyeileen's avatar
It doesn't have a name. Sorry. With incredibly rare exception, knots don't have names or meanings. The trinity knot and triple spirals are the only commonly seen exceptions. Most of the rest are very complicated (and comparatively young) knots found in illuminated manuscripts, or unique designs found in a single location (and thus referred to by the name of the location where they are found). This particular design is probably not the knot you saw before, but is actually a variation on a very common and simple knot going back to the Bronze age (I think there is even a movie house that uses the traditional design for their logo).

There are some people who say all the old knots have names or meanings, but they are either ignorant or lying through their teeth trying to sell you something. It's just art, very old and beautiful art.
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