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February 24, 2008

Valknut

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Open Bronze ValknutEarth-Toned Open ValknutThis Valknut design was inspired by several hits on my website looking for Valknuts after I mentioned them in connection with Trinity Knots. The Valknut is an interesting knot: it can be formed from three triangles of metal (or paper) intertwined: the top one goes over the bottom, and the right goes over the top and under the bottom. It is associated with Odin and the religion of Asatru. Other names include Odin’s Knot and Knot of the Slain.

February 16, 2008

Trinity Knot Inside a Heart

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Green Trinity HeartBlue Trinity HeartThis design, though simple in the long run, took quite a bit of thought and experimentation to get right. Images on the Web were many and varied; no two seemed to have been constructed in the same way. Drawing a heart is simple enough, as is drawing a Trinity Knot: the trick was putting them together coherently.

First, draw the Trinity Knot. Next, construct the heart around it. Make circles the size of the inner and outer arcs of the knot, and line them up with the upper arcs of the knot. Make squares the same diameter as theRed Trinity HeartPurple Trinity Heart circles, rotate them 45 degrees, and line them up with the circles so they form a heart shape. Remove the extra interior lines, leaving hearts. The Trinity Knot is already lined up in your heart.

February 10, 2008

Tree of Life Labyrinth

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Tree of Life Labyrinth

One of the first designs I ever wanted to do was an original Tree of Life design. Unfortunately for me, I cannot draw. Really. But I can draft just about anything ;-) . So when the idea of using a labyrinth for the top of the Tree of Life came to me, two years of struggle was over in two days. This is my first draft of this design, created solely using vector art and filters. The labyrinth is an ancient design, with two entrances and one exit. Celebrants come together in the center of the tree, where the Mother and her lover meet, and leave together down the center. The design is surrounded by the Eternal Knot.
While I claim no copyright for the basic design, I do for this implementation of the design.

February 2, 2008

Trinity Knot

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Actually my very first CafePress design, this has gone through many versions, some of which I will no longer admit to having made :-) . This has proved to be one of my more popular designs, after several false starts. I love this design because it lends itself to many different interpretations and permutations.

Green Trinity KnotPewter Trinity KnotBlue Gold Trinity KnotTwo intertwined Trinity KnotsTrinity Knots inside a Trinity Knot

Instructions for drawing an open-centered Trinity Knot with an Annulet can be found here. While many people draw the knot resting on two legs, I prefer it standing on one. Other Trinity Knot designs are in the works.

January 27, 2008

We Are All People of the Book

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People of the Book Version Two

People of the Book, Version One

To all aspiring graphic artists out there, this one’s for you. Don’t get discouraged if your first attempts aren’t as good as you would like, we learn by doing.

This is one of my first Cafepress designs. The original design was done using wingdings for the book, cross, Star of David, and Crescent and Star designs. The peace symbol was created using simple vector graphics, and the We are all People of the Book lettering was created in Word Art. This simple design actually proved popular, so I created a second version using what I’ve learned over the past year. I had made a Celtic Cross design, so I put that in the place of the cross wingding. The book, Star of David, and Crescent and Star designs I saw no reason to not use. I made a peace symbol in Illustrator, placed the book behind it, the other symbols within it, and used Text on a Path for the lettering. Then I took the whole thing into Photoshop, applied colors, and put a masked background of cream linen behind the whole design. The original design is still available.

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