I began by creating a celtic knot in photoshop with a few swirls in the background (see Celtic Knot 1). Then drew the shapes on paper and coloured it with watercolours. The result was a little wishy-washy so I juiced it up with coloured pencils and metallic gel pens. I now had a hard copy that I liked so I scanned it back into photoshop, adjusted colour, brightness and contrast. Got stuck into the dodge and burn tools then used the watercolour filter and finally added a crackle effect.

featured in the ‘21st Centuary Celts’ group 6-01-10
featured in the’Globes, Spheres and Curves’ group 31-01-10


  • Rob Bryant
    Rob Bryantabout 5 years ago

    nice work

  • Thx so much Rob and thx also for the feature. I am delighted!

    – Smurfesque

  • tom burke
    tom burkeabout 5 years ago

    great knotwork,excellent knotwork

  • Smurfesque
    Smurfesqueabout 5 years ago

    Thx Tom, the watercolour underpainting in pale washes let the layers all show through which gives the knotwork some extra life about it, I think!

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

  • Thx Martina will do!

    – Smurfesque

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    many thanks

  • jewelskings
    jewelskingsalmost 5 years ago

    We would like to Congratulate you on being featured in the Globes, Spheres and Curves Group! Yeah!


  • Thx so much 4 the feature, I am over the moon!
    Cheers SmurfesqueX

    – Smurfesque

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