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  • Into the Bliss!

    I’ve just realised how long it is since I posted anything online. I’ve been busy keeping up with Julie’s Mandala Magic classes, I just haven’t got round to posting anything online. So here’s the first instalment – moving on from the Void to the Bliss…

    Bliss Symbols

    … I created this page of symbols that are important in my life right now.

    Bliss

    I found the bliss quite a difficult stage to be in, and had trouble with the shaving foam technique that Julie recommended. After struggling for a while, I gave up and decided to use a mixture of other watery techniques to create the mandalas on this next image.

    Birth Chart Mandala

    I quite enjoyed making this page which has a background made from patterned tissue paper covered in water activated neocolour crayons. The free birth chart I used comes from the website astro.com. To complete the spread, I handwrote the poem ‘For A New Beginning’ by John O’Donohue.

    Bliss Blend

    Slightly apart from making mandalas, I’ve been playing with paint in a very free way and have taken a few of those images and created this blended mandala. Keep watching for the next instalment!

    Over Half Way!

    We’re over halfway through the void now, and the mandalas are still flowing. Journalling with words doesn’t come easily to me – I prefer to express my thoughts in visual ways…

    Travelling Through The Void

    …so I’ve been up in my studio for a while today responding to my thoughts. This is my first completed mandala painted with very wet acrylic paint in my mandala journal.

    There are two more in process…

    Crackle Void

    …this one is made with recycled cardboard, acrylic paint and crackle paint – the crackle paint is taking a long time to dry…

    Moulding Paste Void

    …and this one is made from a cardboard disc and moulding paste. It too is in the process of drying, and I will be painting it once the moulding paste has properly hardened. I’ll post more pictures of these when they’re finished.

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    By on Sunday February 8th, 2015 at 21:30 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, Mandalas - Comments Off on Over Half Way!

    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 - Comments Off on Mandala Response

    Journey Through the Void

    In between updating my website, creating mandalas and starting work on my next uni assignment, Ive been just a little bit busy – but the website and mandalas have been great fun to do!

    Universe Void Mandala

    Still travelling through the void, I made this ‘universe void’ mandala. While I was making it, I had a slight accident with my bottle of white acrylic paint. I accidentally knocked it over, spilling white paint all over my desk. Not being one to see anything go to waste, I quickly opened up another journal and used a paint brush to mop up the paint.

    White Round Mandala

    This is the result – a white, void mandala. I love the textures made by the thick ridges of paint!

    "For the darkness..."

    This last mandala was inspired by a song called ‘The Dark’ by Mary Grigolia.

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    By on Thursday February 5th, 2015 at 00:18 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, Mandalas - Comments Off on Journey Through the Void

    The Great Round of Mandala

    Mandala Magic, Julie Gibbons year long Mandala course started this week, so I’ve been busy creating mandalas for the first round. The course is based on exploring the twelve archetypal stages of the great round of mandala developed by Joan Kellogg and written about by Susanne F Fincher in her book called The Mandala Workbook: A Creative Guide for Self-Exploration, Balance, and Well-Being. I had already bought the book before I signed up for Julie’s course but you really don’t need it as Julie provides an amazing wealth of information and the group members are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement.

    The Void

    These are two of the mandalas I made for this stage of the journey. The mandala on the left represents the Void – a place to rest in the darkness. The mandala on the right draws on traditional wisdom drawn from many sources in which the spiders web is used to represent the darkness and safety of the womb.

    3D Swirls

    This next image is a blend of acrylic prints digitally altered to create a 3D effect.

    Battle

    And this final image, created with acrylic paint using various palette knives, reminds me of an ancient battle scene. I can see lots of fighting figures in it – can you?

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    By on Sunday January 25th, 2015 at 00:35 in Art Therapy, Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, CED, Digital Art, Mandalas - Comments Off on The Great Round of Mandala