Methods of creating knotwork in illuminated manuscripts.

Oct 2013
Planet Nine, Oregon
The Book of Kells though very early, had several generations of scribes working on it, iirc. Compasses were used to map things out, and then the hierarchy of ornamental motifs was added, layer by layer.
William Morris might be of help. I started drawing by creating illuminated border designs. I started out in the same way, mapping out the ornament with pencil, then inking and erasing the pencil when done. Here is a Morris border, unfinished:

Actually you can buy some good how-to books on it at amazon!
Oct 2013
Planet Nine, Oregon
Thank you for responding! I've managed to pick up a few manuals, some more helpful than others! Are there any you find particularly "authentic," so to speak?

I love Morris' style! Are there any Morris books you'd recommend?
We have this one where I work, among others. It's good:

Morris did the borders and Burne-Jones the illustrations for the Kelmscott Chaucer. Amazing!
The Kelmscott Chaucer

kelmscott chaucer - Google Search

Aubrey Beardsley is also good for designs too!

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