Crafty Web Mandala!

This mandala came to be long before I really got into Zentangle, but it implements so many principles of that. This mandala was created a while ago, but I realized I hadn’t shared it yet with you guys. Since my current project is taking longer than one sitting, I decided to share it.

I would love to know what you feel about this piece. Please tell me in the comments below!

Lunchtime Challenge

So, here I am sitting at my desk again over lunch and of course I have a pen in my hands and I’m drawing on an artist tile. My lunch break is 45 minutes long. If I eat within that time frame, the amount of time I have to draw is much shorter. But I challenge myself over these few minutes to unplug from electronics and be creative.

The first thing that comes to mind, that always comes to mind is flowers. So I start in the center with a circle. As I build out I start seeing multiple types of flowers. Have you ever seen those “What do you see?” pictures, where its either an old woman or a young woman?

This is how I picture this. If I train my eyes onto the center I see a daisy like flower. But the further out I focus, I start seeing lilies at the outermost section.  What do you see in this piece.

2017 Sketchbook – Page 4

Oh, Mandala decorated with washi tape. I haven’t used washi tape too much in the past but I really like the way this turned out. This Mandala is really detailed. Even the tiniest flick of the pen created depth.

I did try something a little different in the center. I usually create a larger center. With this mandala, I wanted to take the detail all the way through.

I would love to know your thoughts on this piece, including the addition of the washi tape. Would you like to see more of this or do you have other ideas?

Interlocking Mandalas

This was WAY more difficult that I thought it would be when I started it. In my mind it was going to be beautiful and simple and as it progressed I had to figure out what line was supposed to be on which level. I like the way it turned out, but I know that I could do a better job. I know that this is something that I need to work on more and learn more about. Any tips or tricks you have would be amazing.

Tell me if you have any tips on interlocking mandalas or if you have ever attempted this on your own and what were the results. Link your ideas in the comments below.

Mandala – Patterns

Sometimes making a mandala simple, and creating a difficult or busy background is more fun, than actually producing a difficult mandala. This was one of those times. I loved creating this piece as it tested my ability to think of different patterns to create the detailed background I was looking for.

Do you like a detailed mandala with a simple or nonexistent background, or would you rather see more detailed backgrounds on a simple mandala like this? Let me know in the comments.

Mandala Weekend

I had completed two separate mandalas this weekend. Although I had a lot going on, somehow I still finished them. Each one took more than 5 hours to complete. I used Staedtler Pigment liners to complete them. As you can tell, this first one took the most time because there are a LOT of dots. But I really like the way that it came out and how the dots helped with the contrast.

This second one was more free-handed. It’s amazing how I can work on two mandalas within hours of each other and they look so different.

 

Doodle with Bubbles!

On this piece, I used the Art-n-Fly pens that I reviewed earlier. They worked out pretty nice. The smaller tips were perfect for the bubbles. When I first started this piece, I started with just a flower. However, I have just fallen in love with tentacles on flowers, It makes them seem like something out of a sci fi movie. So, Of course being the sci fi fanatic that I am, I just had to add it all in. After I finished the tentacles though, I really felt like something was missing. The bubbles seemed like the most natural answer to the blank spaces between the tentacles to finish out the piece.

I would love to know what you think about this piece. Let me know in the comments below.

Double Mandala

Well today over lunchtime, I was able to start a mandala. It was completely free handed as you can probably tell.  The spinning flower was interesting to draw and the biggest problem is deciding where to stop.

This second mandala is one that I did at home with my normal tools of the trade. The wonderful thing about this mandala is the simple fact that my 16 yr old son was drawing next to me. Learning the tricks of the trade to mandalas. I loved it!

So, here I am comparing my mandalas. One completely freehand and one with tools. Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below.

Dancing Lollipop Mandala

This was an unfinished piece from last year. I decided to just finish it up so that I had less unfinished projects on the table.  Why do you ask was this unfinished? I don’t know, anything could have happened, I do have a house full of kids and whatever happens happens.

Regardless of why it was unfinished, I finished it now. I had several people refer to this piece as dancing lollipops and that name just seemed to stick. I love the way it turned out. Let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

Mandala – Step by Step

Step 1: Create your grid.

I enjoy having my mandala in the center of the page so the first thing I do is draw an X by drawing a line from each corner to the opposite. This is the lightest of lines because it’s literally used just to center my graphic.

I then take my 360° protractor and grid out every 10°. I then draw a line from one degree  to the opposite degree. {ex. 0° – 180°} I continue to do this all around. I then take my compass and make random sized circles moving from the center out to show just how big I want the mandala.

Step 2: Line your center.

This part is always the most difficult for me because the center, determines the look of the whole mandala. If you look through the mandalas that I have posted, you will see that the different options are truly infinite. Nothing is right or wrong. With this one I chose a pinwheel of sorts that I built flowers on top of. This set the tone for an organic mandala.

Step 3: Start building outward.

You will see that I used the grid lines in two different ways. the larger flower petals run between the grid lines, whereas the triangular petals use the grid line as a center point. I tried to put more detail in the triangles because they were so large. Some options here are to use your protractor and grid out every 5° to make the get ails smaller, or just do like what I did and follow the grid lines making each layer larger than the layer before it. I have used both methods and both are fun to do.

Step 4: Final and Largest Layer

In this picture you will see that I have leaves that are lining my mandala and bringing the entire organic piece to life! I love how this is turning out and although I say that about almost every one of my pieces, its simply because I am as shocked as everyone else about the end result! I try really hard not to plan too much because I want to be able to adapt to kids bumping the table, pens running out on ink and even surprise sneezes.

Step 5: Putting in little details

Now is the time that you go back and add more details. These can be anything you want. Go wild.

Step 6: Finishing touches!

This is the point where you start from the center and erase all your pencil grid lines and start focusing in on every little detail. This can be as elaborate or simple as you want. That is the wonderful thing about mandalas. They truly change drastically, even with one detail. I will suggest that if you do something to one side, make sure you are consistent if you want it to look uniform. If your mandala is NOT symmetrical than disregard and have fun!

So, Now that you’ve seen the final product, let me know what you think! What would you have done differently? What do you like the most? Do you have any questions, comments, concerns or constructive criticism? Post them below and I will respond as quick as I can.

Mandala – Movement

Often times I find a friend that appreciates my mandalas to ask what they see. This time I was pleasantly surprised to find that several of them saw a spinning flower. This mandala started out as something completely different. I wasn’t even sure which direction I wanted to go. With every passing moment, I saw this mandala morph into something magical and full of movement.

What you do you see when you see this mandala? Let me know in the comments below!

Detailed Mandala

This mandala was completed on a 12×12 sheet of paper. Sometimes I try to bite off a little more than I can chew sometimes. With the amount of grid lines that I drew, this piece became way more detailed than I had originally planned and took over 8 hours to complete.

I do like the way that it finished up. I would love your opinion on this piece, let me know in the comments below!

Triple Mandala

I don’t really have much to say about these except that I tried a few different techniques while drawing them. I don’t have the exact dates when I finished them because it was over the weekend. So I will share them all with you now. The wonderful about each of these designs is that they are completely different and yet started with the same grids.  Each of them developed in their own way and in the direction of my mood.

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Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Gift – Dolphin Mandala

What do you get for someone who you know loves dolphins and the color blue, but a dolphin mandala.  I love being able to share these projects now that Christmas is over. I wanted to add some special details so I added a few metallic pens to just give a little life to the dolphin itself.

What do you think about the finished product? Let me know in the comments below.

Sacred Mandala

This mandala was loosely based on Metatrons Cube from Sacred Geometry. Sacred Geometry is a very interesting topic as far as Mandalas go. There is way too much information for me to include in a single post, but that may be something I explore more in the future.
This mandala, specifically, was designed after Metatrons Cube, which is one of the vast designs within Sacred Geometry. Because it wasn’t perfectly measured out in the way it should be, I decided to name this one Sacred Mandala, because it is part of the Sacred Geometry shapes. It was one of my first attempts to create something from these shapes I have learned to love.
The fascinating thing about this is, I was drawing Sacred Geometry shapes before I knew that it was called that. I think it has to do with my sensitivity to the universe. I am naturally attracted to the mathematics created by our universe.

Dealing With Loss

Those of you that have been following me may have noticed I have been MIA for a few days. The reason is because we lost my brothers wife tuesday night and we’ve been dealing with all of this.

I was working on this piece during my last conversation with her and when my brother called me in tears. Our family has been struck hard by loss with the passing of my grandmother Thursday morning as well.

I feel like this piece speaks wonders about each person is so complex and unique and yet we all entwine with those around us making each family a beautiful masterpiece.

When children think they are helping.

So what can I say about this except, my 2-year-old felt like I was doing it wrong? She, in all her glory, decided to “help” me with my project I had already spent 2 hours on. At the moment, in which I noticed, she looked up at me, pen in hand, proud of her accomplishments. Me, on the other hand, wanting to scream.

This teaches us all a lesson. Our kids watch us and want to mimic us. So make sure what you are teaching your kids, is how you want them to grow up. They will learn by example.

Sacred Geometry – Seeds of Life

Sacred Geometry. This is something I just recently came across. I thought it would be something I could use to give me some awesome shapes for my mandalas.

This one is called Flower of Life. It is created using a sequence of circles, branching out from a center point. It is also known as “seed of life”. Starting on the center designs was interesting. I put a lot of thought into how I wanted each flower to be intertwined, but I also wanted the center flower to be slightly different from the outer ones.

Branching out from the flowers forced me to use some designs I haven’t ever used. It also allowed me to tweak designs I have used in the past.  Choosing the right designs was something I didn’t take lightly. I wanted to keep the flower petals around the outer circle. I wanted to bring the name to life.

The final project is so visually stimulating that I was, maybe more proud than I’ve been with a project. It was relaxing and easy to complete once I figured out exactly which designs I was going to use.

This is a closer look at some of the details that you might miss by looking at the picture as a whole

Overall, I am very pleased with how this turned out. I used Staedtler triplus fineliner for the whole project. The completed Mandala is about 14″×14″.  I would love to know what you think about this piece. Let me know in the comments below!

Digital Enhancements

Let me start by saying that this mandala you see is completely hand drawn. No compass, no grid lines, nothing. Just my notebook and my pen. It was super fun but super scary at the same time. I have been in the middle of watching a series on Netflix with my honey so I did this one sitting on the couch as opposed to sitting at my desk where there is a large flat surface.

OK, Now let’s move to the digital enhancement part of the post. Because I am such a newbie at art, I have marveled at the abilities of those around me, but then I found out that the art had been digitally enhanced. Now, digitally enhancing your own personal artwork is not a bad thing. Although when I first found out, I was stricken with sadness. I had been pushing myself so hard to be perfect with my art, just to find out that some artists just use photo shop techniques to give various views to each art piece they did, essentially creating an endless amount of art from one drawn piece.

So, here is my attempt at doing just that. The wonderful thing about mandalas is they look good alone or in a group. I felt like creating pop art from this single mandala made it so much more interesting to look at. Keep in mind that all this digitizing was done on my phone so there weren’t many options when it came to creating something different.


This next piece was so much fun to draw. I also drew this is my small notebook I keep with me always. It allows me to draw wherever I am when I have a moment. This started as a single flower in the in the bottom corner and turned into a garden! As with all my art, I don’t ever know how things are going turn out in the end. But this one, with just a pop of color, turned out fantastic.

So to digitally enhance this picture, I decided to use the Negative filter. Boy, was I amazed at how it turned out. I thought I liked the original, I really liked the enhanced version. It made me want to try some art on black paper. I haven’t found what I’m supposed to use to draw on it yet, so I haven’t tried it. I hope to figure it out in the near future.

So in the end, you can see that digital enhancement of an original art piece can be so much fun and can also lead to amazing ideas in the future. I would love to know your thoughts on digital enhancing software and create prints for sale. (As I hope to start creating soon!)

I am very excited about where this has taken me with my art. I am always eager to learn new things. Digital enhancement of original artwork is not new, but it is new to me.

Labor Day Mandala

Well, I decided I would try to do some work on freezer paper because it was bigger than anything else I had. So here is my mandala on an 18×18 sheet of freezer paper. I thought that using freezer paper would be ideal because I knew it wouldn’t bleed through and I could really test my skills. These colors all went together so well. Here is a closer look at some of the details.

Update: You can find this mandala linked in on 100.mandalas.com, where I have received so much inspiration from her book, as well as attending mandalafest every year! Please check it out!

Flower Power

I wanted to post this project. It took me 8.5 hours to complete. It is on 11×14 sketchbook paper. The first and hardest thing to do is determine what shape your Mandala will take. I find it easier to do this part in pencil so that I can get my basic shape using my compass. After I determined that this would have a floral pattern, I decided to build off the flower to make it not too flowery. I wanted to bring spring back.

Picking out the colors was a lot of fun. I just got a set of 48 Staedtler Color Pencils at Hobby Lobby for $20 USD. This was pricey as far as color pencils go, but it was more affordable than the much sought after Faber-Castell ones. A set of 24 Faber-Castell color pencils runs around $40 USD. The thing I loved most about these color pencils were that they are triangular. At first, I was a little weary about how they would sharpen, but everything worked out great with them. The colors are very vibrant, which surprised me, but shouldn’t have because I already love the Staedtler brand so much.

Choosing colors to work with was fun. The blue, pink and purple seemed like a no-brainer as far as spring colors were concerned. But I needed two more that would bring this piece home. The green came next. Seemed natural to have green leaves to compliment the floral pattern. Lastly, I had a choice between yellow and orange. I really didn’t want orange in there because I felt like it would clash too much with the pink, so yellow it is. I couldn’t be more happy with how it all turned out. And being my first floral patterned mandala, I thought it was a pretty solid start.

I would love to know your thoughts on the project. Let me know in the comments below!