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Image Collection: Other and Combination Designs

These designs use motifs other than standard knotwork or keywork, or are combinations of motifs. I've tried to disclose the source patterns used for each of these.

Clip art materials using these motif combinations are divided into the following categories:

Borders:

These images include both horizontal separator "lines" and vertical backgrounds with left-hand borders. Please click on the bordered thumbnails to see the full-size images.

Where possible, the components of the borders are provided. That is, the left edge, the center (middle) repeated section, and the right edge are provided as seperate files. These may be combined to make borders of any size desired.

1.

The following borders are based on a combination of simple key and knot patterns.  The key pattern is used on a number of Celtic MS and stones (see [BainG] page 75, plate 1 and Keywork Border 1 for examples).  The knotwork pattern is from the Monifieth Stone (see [BainI] page 52-53 and Knotwork Tile 7 for examples).  

a. Left: Middle: Right:

a. Left: Middle: Right:

2.

The following borders are based on a key pattern originally from Kells (unknown Folio) that I took from [BainG] page 78,plate 7.  For other instances of this key pattern, see Keywork Border 2.  The knotwork part is based on a pattern I originally found in [BainG] page 32, plate 7.  The original pattern is from Durrow folio 125V, seen in [BainI] page 54.  

a.

b.
c.

3.

The original source for knotwork part of these panels is unknown, but I found it in [BainG], pg. 35, Plate 13 LR, and [Meehan2] pages 140, and 141. Tiles from this patterrn may be found on: Knotwork Tile 8. [Meehan2] refers to these as "Spiral Knots", as he does the one from the Monifieth Stone (see [BainI] page 52-53 and Knotwork Tile 7).   It is referred to in [Meehan2] as a "spiral knot", so I thought to pair it with an actual spiral, this one from a Kells border.

a. Left: Middle: Right:

b. Left: Middle: Right:


Other/Combination Tiles

1.

These tiles are based on a novel combination knot/key pattern.  The center cross is based on designs from the center panel of the Ulbster Stone (see [BainG] page 42). The arms of the central cross use a simple 3X2 cell pattern, taken from [BainI] page 61, and originally seen in the Nigg Stone (see [BainG] page 49) and other places.   The corner areas use a key pattern originally from Kells that I took from [BainG] page 78, plate 7.  You only see the full key pattern when the design is used as a tiled background.  Tiles 1.a-d are suitable for web backgrounds, while 1.e is better used only on Win backgrounds.   A similar pattern, using triangular knotwork instead of keywork in the corners, can be found on tile 5 below.  

a.    b.    c.    d.    e.   

2.

These tiles (similar to Tile 1 above) are also based on a novel combination knot/keywork.  The center cross is based on designs from the center panel of the Ulbster Stone (see [BainG] page 42).   The arms of the central cross use an novel panel design.   The corner areas form a key pattern originally from Kells that I took from [BainG] page 78, plate 7.  You only see the full key pattern when the design is used as a tiled page background.  Tiles 2.a-b are rendered in shades of gray, while 2.c-g are all rendered as "carved stone" (light and dark) textures.  Tiles 2.a-g are all fairly low contrast, and thus suitable for web backgrounds.  Tile 2.h is rendered as faded ink on parchment.   A similar pattern, using triangular knotwork instead of keywork in the corners, can be found on tile 5 below.  

a.    b.    c.    d.    e.    f.    g.  h.   

3.

These tiles are based on an novel combination of patterns from Circular Tile 1 and the spiral from Spiral Tile 1.   Tiles 3.a-d are simply shades of gray, 3.e and 3.f are rendered as "carved stone" and 3.g is rendered using a polychrome against dark red scheme--a rough approximation of some of the colors seen in Kells.   (Note that Tiles 3.b, 3.d and 3.g use a slightly different spiral pattern (less "cycles" in each spiral) and add a keywork pattern (from the Rosemarkie Stone--see [BainG] page 78) modified to fit in the space "left over" by the annular knotwork.)   You will see the full key pattern only when the design is tiled as a page/window background.  

a.    b.    c.    d.    e.    f.    g.   

4.

These tiles use a novel combination of triangular knotwork from the Bore-Stone of Gask with a border originally found in Lindisfarne folio 27 (and elsewhere)--doubled in the original.  These tiles are rendered in "carved stone" textures.  

a.    b.   

5.

These tiles are based on an novel combination knot.  The center cross is in one continuous line, and the corner triangle knots form a second band when the pattern is repeated.  The center cross is based on designs from the center panel of the Ulbster Stone (see [BainG] page 42).  Tiles 5.a and 5.e uses an novel panel design for the arms of the cross, while 5.b, c, d, f, and g use a simple 3X2 cell pattern, taken from [BainI] page 61, and originally seen in the Nigg Stone (see [BainG] page 49).   The triangular knotwork corner pattern used on all these tiles is also from the Ulbster Stone.

a.  b.  c.  d.  e.  f.  g. 

6.

These tiles are based on a combination of thetop cross on Kells folio 291V (doubled in the original-- see [BainI] page 85) with a design from the Ulbster Stone (see [BainG] page 42).  Tile 6.a gives the effect of caved stone, while 6.b tries to attain the look of painted parchment.   Tile 6.b is probably too high-contrast for a web page background, but is acceptable as a Win background...

a.  b. 

7.

These images are a combination of the circular knot based on the "Celtic Lover's Knot". The circular adaptation can be found on Circular Knotwork Tile 8.   I added a circular adaptation of a simple triangular knot (see Tile 5 from the same page as above) and some simple keywork to balance it out when tiled across a screen.  These are rendered in shades of gray, and could be used for web page backgrounds.

a.    b.  

8.

These tiles are based on a circular adaptation of the knot found on the Leek Stone. The original (rectangular) knot can be seen as Knotwork Tile 23 Page. Tile 8.a combines this circular knot with two bits of key-work: a circular adaptation of a very simple key pattern in the center, and another simple key pattern as fill-in at the corners. 18.b ids similar, but uses a simple three-way spiral pattern in the middle.

These are both rendered in shades of gray, and could be used for web page backgrounds.

a.  b. 


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