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  • Mandala Response

    I’d been thinking about the void, and the cycle of the year and the new life germinating in the darkness…

    Mandala Response

    …I picked up some bottles of ready mix paint and a paint scraper, and created this mandala response.

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    By on Friday February 6th, 2015 at 21:36 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, Mandalas - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Last Mandala

    I’ve just finished the last mandala from Julie Gibbon’s Mandala Magic course

    Mandala 3

    I’d seen these ‘Hamsa’ symbols before, but never knew what they meant. Apparently if the hand is upright it represents protection against the ‘evil eye’; if it is inverted, it represents God’s goodness and blessings. I enjoyed creating it, and I love the bright inktense colours!

    5 Days of Mandala Magic

    Then I put all the mandalas together – as you can see, my favourite is the collage mandala. What’s yours?

    I’ve just signed up for Julie’s year long course called Mandala Magic starting in January. I’m really looking forward to it! – check it out.

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    By on Sunday November 30th, 2014 at 21:41 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, Mandalas - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Creativity Rocks!

    Creativity rocks! I’ve been so busy writing my dissertation that I haven’t had time to do anything else. But I took a couple of days off last week and did a bit of catching up!

    All Wrapped Up

    A couple of weeks ago we had our dissertation tutorials and as part of the tutorial, our group were asked to create an image to represent our finished dissertation. I knew I had to create a doll, but as we didn’t have much time for the art work I knew she had to be simple. So I made a wrapped pipe cleaner doll and called her “All wrapped up with a feather in her cap!” Do you like her?

    Water Splash Blend

    This image started out as a photograph of the kitchen sink with splashes of water all over it. Then I blended a painting into it – et voilá!

    Paint Rings Blend

    This one is a blend of two paintings created during a recent painting workshop.

    Mandala 1

    I’ve been fascinated by mandalas for a long time as any of you who have followed my blog or flickr stream will know. So when I saw Julie Gibbons was running a five day free course, I just had to sign up and play along. I must say, the course is one of the most comprehensive mandala courses I have ever seen and I am learning so much. Thank you Julie. This is my first mandala created on day two using a pencil drawn grid, neocolour crayons and watercolour pencils.

    Fragmented Mandala

    And I just couldn’t resist playing digital with the mandala after I scanned it!

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    Kaleidoscope Mandala!

    I have been busy painting and working on Rae Missigman’s 21 Secrets 2013 Class, but I have nothing to show yet, so I thought I’d share some digital playing instead. I was catching up with my reading list yesterday and came across this post from iHannah about creating digital kaleidoscope mandalas. Well – I just had to give it a try, didn’t I!

    Digital Mandala/Kaleidoscope!

    I decided to use my Face Emotions image as the source and had great fun playing. iHannah’s instructions are very helpful. I created four mandalas, but that wasn’t enough for me. After downloading the results I had to play digital blending to take it that little bit further! This is the result.

    Thank you iHannah for the inspiration, and thank you SumoPaint for a nifty piece of software.

    More Paper Cutting!

    I just couldn’t resist doing some more paper cutting today. I drew the design, a kind of flower mandala, cut it out then thought it might look good with some colour. I scanned the cut out to print it, but couldn’t resist playing digital blending with it first…

    Flower Cut-Out Blend

    … I rather like how this one turned out. After that little detour I got down to trying out some colours and decided to go ahead with them.

    Flower Cut-Out

    Flower Cut-Out Original

    I created the mandala design on some scrap white printing paper then painted it with Twinkling H2O’s. It looked a bit anaemic on the white so I painted the background with black gesso before sticking the whole thing to black card with lo-tack double sided tape. I love the way the Twinkling H2O’s contrast with the matt black of the gesso.

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    By on Thursday May 23rd, 2013 at 20:16 in Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, CED, Mandalas - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Playing with Blending!

    I’ve been so busy drawing and painting lately that I haven’t had time for playing with digital blending. So today I thought I’d rectify that omission!

    Colour Layers Blend

    I started out with an artwork scan and two photographs. This was the first result. I really like this one, but decided to have a go at making a kaleidoscope style mandala.

    Kaleidoscope Mandala

    This was the result! Which one do you prefer?

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    Doodling and H2O’s!

    Still inspired by Jodi Ohl’s Just do it – Free Art Friday post, I decided to create another stained glass image, but to cover it in doodles in the style of my zentangle drawings. I used a 5″x7″ canvas board to draw it on.

    Heart Zentangle

    I doodled using a Unipin fine line pen which claims to be ‘water and fade proof’. “Hmmm, we’ll see about that!” … I thought. My record with so called waterproof pens is not very good!

    Heart Zentangle - Coloured!

    Wow – I’m impressed! Not a smudge or a smear anywhere! These pens are good! I used Twinkling H2O’s to add the colour, so the ink got verrry wet! Now that it’s finished, I think it looks kind of mandala-ish – the way it pulls your eyes in to focus on the heart. It wasn’t intentional, but I rather like it. What do you think?

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    By on Sunday February 24th, 2013 at 17:47 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, Mandalas, Zentangles - 2 Replies - Leave a Reply

    Blended Mandalas

    I just had to play with Wednesday’s Mandala! Do you like my animation?

    Animated Mandala

    If you missed it, click your browser refresh button to see the animation repeat. Not brilliant – but not bad for a first attempt!

    Blended Mandalas

    I started off by inverting the original, then added colour changes and blends to the mixture.

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    By on Friday January 25th, 2013 at 16:23 in Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, CED, Digital Art, Mandalas - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Monochrome Mandala!

    After playing with Dion Dior’s technique yesterday I had to have a go at drawing a mandala using it.

    Monochrome Mandala

    This is what I came up with. I drew and coloured the mandala using a white watercolour pencil together with a Sakura pen-touch pen for the highlights/outlines. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

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    By on Wednesday January 23rd, 2013 at 19:47 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, Mandalas - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Green Mandala!

    Today I felt like drawing a mandala – they’re so meditative to create!This one decided it wanted to be green.

    Green Mandala

    I drew the outline in pencil, then inked it using a uniball eye pen. I coloured the mandala using Derwent Inktense pencils. I originally planned to add some doodling at the end, but I rather like it just as it is. What do you think?

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    By on Tuesday November 27th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings, Mandalas - 6 Replies - Leave a Reply