Celtic Knots can be very beautiful if done right, and can be enormously helpful at improving your overall calligraphy skills. However, drawing a good Celtic knot is not an easy task, especially if you are not already familiar with Celtic artistic traditions. The process is something that can be learned, though, and with practice you might just be able to become a master at it which is something that will definitely help you improve your overall artistic talents in a manner that would be both sustainable and beneficial to your overall skills as an artist.
To start off with, you are going to need the right materials. This means a pencil (preferably something not too sharp and not too blunt so that you have some control over what you are attempting to create), as well as a white sheet of paper and an eraser in case you make any mistakes that you would want to get rid of so that your finished product ends up looking the best that it can possibly look. You should also keep a ruler handy so that you can make your finished product as precise as possible along with a brush with black ink beside it so that you can fill your Celtic knot up.
When you have all of the requisite materials, you should now try and understand the concept of the Celtic knot. One easy way of understanding what such a knot is all about is by ascertaining the origins of the knot. The knot itself is basically a plait of sorts, so if you want to draw one you are going to have to interlace various lines into a plait like pattern that is going to end up looking reasonably sophisticated once you have the finished product down.
Start off by drawing a square and then create two crossed cords inside this square. A good visual image to model these crossed cords on is the image of your finger crossed over another one of your fingers. Using both of your index fingers for this purpose is a good way of ensuring that you get the right kind of finished product at the end of the day. Bear in mind that your right index finger should be on top of your left index finger if you want the end result to be the best that it can possibly be.
The purpose of this exercise is to figure out the basic premise behind Celtic knots. Once you have this premise down, it is going to be a lot easier for you to ascertain the kind of motions that you are going to have to make in order to get a complicated Celtic knot down onto a piece of paper. One thing that you should realize is that Celtic knots were often created using iron, so they were basically 3D designs. Translating them onto a two dimensional service will be understandably difficult, so don’t beat yourself up if it takes you time to get there.