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celtic circle by skulkey celtic circle by skulkey
when i actually draw, i tend to do a lot of knotwork. this is a simple Celtic circle design, executed poorly in black ink. the smudging was accidental at first, but i liked it and went with it.

i considered having it done as a tattoo, but i would have to redo it to make the circle more round, like an actual circle is supposed to be... ;)
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I really like the smudges too. It makes it seem artistically crude! That's fitting because of the fact that Celtic goes a long way back.

It looks fantastic. :heart:
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skulkey Jul 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you. :)
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we did a printing project in art I last year. i made this intricate and complicated design using pieces of twine glued onto a piece of paper, so that the twine would be the medium to pick up the ink, which would then be transferred onto the final printing surface. i guess you already know how this works if youre doing printing yourself...
anyways, when i pressed my initial design onto the india ink, it didnt pick up enough ink because i had used pieces of twin that were too thin! and on top of that, i apparently didnt press hard enough when i put it onto my final printing surface. so i worked really hard to make my printing design all for nothing. >:V

so i quite dislike printing.

but this looks nice! i think it would make a nice tattoo. you should keep the circle a little smudgy and squiggly. it looks nice like that.
kewl job.
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skulkey Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!

actually i'm fairly unfamiliar with the printing process. i just used ink and a pen [quill?].

i do have a bunch of printing acrylics lying around that i got for free [the rec department where i worked was gonna just throw them out, but the girls knew i was an artist so they asked me if i wanted them. yes!]. eventually i'll get around to playing with those...
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oh. different kind of printing, i guess.

printing acrylics? like inks and stuff? or actual acrylic paints used specifically for printing?

i wish i could do printing, but its all just too complicated for me. i once watched this video on how they do silk-screen prints and it looked way to difficult. id rather stick to painting, because its much more universal.

you should definitely get around to using those acrylics. i would like to see how they work and stuff.
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skulkey Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm looking at one of the boxes now. says "Water Soluble Ink for Block Printing". so i was wrong on the acrylics part. the brand is Speedball [?! :lol: ]. they're really old - probably been sitting around since the sixties...

if they're water soluble then i might even be able to use them as sort of watercolors [which i love, but haven't done in a while]. i'll experiment at some point and see how it goes...
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i like watercolors off and on. sometimes they dont agree with me, and sometimes i get bored with them. maybe i will pick them up again, whenever i get the time.
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