23 November 2014

Long Time No See: New Mandala Tutorial

Well, it's been a while since my last post, some of you follow me on Facebook or Instagram where I have been posting these months, but I think is about time for a post on my blog.

I have been busy with my Botanical Art course with the SBA, which is great but takes a lot of time and effort and I've been neglecting a little bit my other art, specially art journaling.

This week  I've been participating in a fabulous online 5 Day Mandala Workshop by Julie Gibbons, which has sparked my inner magic again, I'm very thankful to her for that. From one of her excersises I was inspired to create this mandala.

I never use a template or grid for my mandalas and I don't usually use ruler or a drawing compass, but I did for this one.

First, I drew a grid in graphite so I could easily erase it,  I used it to built my mandala in with graphite as well. For the grid I used a ruler and a compass.
When I was happy with my mandala skeleton I went on top of the lines with Staedtler Triplus Fineliners, using the same colors I was going to use to color in later, I also added some details to the shapes.

Then, I colored my mandala with Dr. PH. Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Watercolor. These watercolors are liquid, lightfast, archival, artist pigment watercolor, I chose them because they are very intense. 

When the watercolors had dried completely I added a gold outer border using Gold Winsor and Newton Designers Gouache 

Once again I let it dry and I completed my mandala with my usual white ink details, using a dip pen and Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Ink.

I hope you are inspired to create your own mandala!

Drawing, painting, embroidering, making individual mandalas is a very personal activity. This excludes the ones used in established rituals or collective mandalas.
Each mandala show who you are at that very moment, they are always unique as you are.
I encourage you to get inspired but make your own, do not just copy, it does not make any sense that way!

20 July 2014

Embroidery Mode: Embroidered Mandalas

This past days I've been in embroidery mode.
As always mandalas are present in my art even in embroidery.

 I started by doing the mandalas on the first two photos to frame them in these gorgeous mini embroidery hoops made by Dandelyne.
 The one on the right is the first Gold Embroidery I make. They are real gold "threads", which were given to my by two very nice ladies a long time ago and I hadn't use.

Then I found the "circles" and Creative Stitching by Sue Spargo which inspired me to make these little felt squares with circles full of different fun stitches.
I used 100% wool felt from Cloud Craft Shop and calico which I painted in various colours, DMC stranded cotton, some variegated threads and glass seed beads.

Just in case you are wondering, I don't know yet what I will do with the little squares.

24 June 2014

Another Mehndi Inspired Mandala Tutorial

For this tutorial I'm using:

 Using the STABILO Pen 68 Mini or any water based felt tip pen, start your mandala in the center, and work outwards. I don't use a compass or any template.

Now, using the ZIG-Watercolor BrusH20 Detailer, go carefully over the outline of each shape you want to color, try not to go outside the line otherwise the ink will spread where the paper is wet. You can leave some white uncolored shapes.

When your mandala is completely dry use the
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 334 to draw the details and tidy up the borders.

For more detail step-by-step instructions of how to draw a Mehndi Inspired Mandala have a look at this post here. There you'll find a sheet with some forms you can use for your mandala.

18 June 2014

Kolam Inspired Simple Knot Tutorial

The inspiration for this knot came from several KOLAM designs I've seen on the web.
I have use it as a center in some of my latest mandalas.

For this tutorial I've used
Step 1
Start drawing a cross.

Step 2
Add perpendicular lines to each arm of the cross.

Step 3.
Draw three lines on each space following the direction os the external line. Its easier to add one in the middle and then one on each side

Fill the four spaces. It should look like this.

Step 4.
Start drawing the curved lines' start with the one closest to the middle.

Continue drawing the four curved lines, one for each straight line. The last one should start at the external line you drew in step 2.

Continue drawing the curved lines on each side of the square, following the same order.

Here's you finished simple knot.

Mandalas where I used this knot as center.

You can also watch the video where I draw the knot in real time

28 May 2014

New Style Mandala Painted Pebbles

Yesterday while having my morning shower I had this idea of making colored mandalas on pebbles.
 Completely out of my comfort zone, well a little bit, I pulled out some supplies and some pebbles. 

Hours later this is what I got.

The techniques and inspiration came from two of my projects published in MAKE YOUR MARK: Creative ideas using markers, paint pens, bleach pens & more.