05 May 2014

Mandala Painted Pebble: A video







49 comments:

  1. c'est si simple !!! en apparence ! merci pour ce partage
    bises
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  2. What is that you use to paint with? It looks like an old dip pen like I have. Also, is that ink or thinned paint? Your work is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Marj! Yes, I'm using a dip pen and acrylic ink.

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  3. This is hypnotizing! So beautiful. Do you use any sealing varnish when you're done?

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    1. Thank you again Manu! I hope you are inspired to try. I've used it in just few of my pebbles but I like this raw-natural look more.

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  4. Lindo trabajo, relajante y lleno de delicadeza. Felicitaciones y gracias por compartir tan lindo trabajo.
    Isabel

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    1. Isabel muchas gracias a ti por tu comentario y por seguir mi trabajo!

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  5. Wow, what a talent and I agree hypnotic to watch. I've tried this kind of intricate patterning on pebbles with white fine-tipped paint markers but the finest I've been able to lay my hands on is 0.7 meaning it's very difficult to be so delicate. You've inspired me to try with the acrylic ink. I have two questions if I may... firstly how long does the ink take to dry and secondly, those larger brushes you use to make the dots, they seem to work beautifully and I was wondering what they were. I have to say you have an incredibly steady hand and I'm going to have to go watch your video again. Also you're lucky to have such a plethera of round flat stones, the ones from the coast near me are all kinds of shapes and odd angles. I get very excited if I find a round one! :-) Best wishes, Debs.

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    1. Having watched your video twice more since I'm think the "big dot dobber" actually looks like a rubber topped pencil? I'm really enjoying the rest of your blog too. I love the delicate intricacy of your work. :-) Debs.

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    2. Thank you very much Debs!! I'm glad you like it and you are inspired.
      The ink drys fairly quick, like most inks on paper except for the dots which take a little longer.
      What I use for the dots is just a piece of a cylindrical stick, I think this one is a chopstick I got from a Japanese restaurant, most are "squarish" but some times they are cylindrical.
      Thanks again for your comment and for your nice words about my work.

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    3. Ahh you're welcome... you deserve it, your work is outstanding and I'd be showing up begging for lessons if I didn't live so darn far away in the UK. :-) See you're truly multinational. :-) Thanks for the tips, I'll get some ink and dip pens ordered off amazon and see if I can manage to rock the rocks without splodging everywhere. Keep up the beautiful work. From Debs. :-) x

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    4. I would love to see what you make!

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  6. That was so very cool! Now I am wondering about doing these myself for my sibs and kids. We all love the beach/ocean and this would be a fun thing to do on the occasional rock they bring home.

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    1. Thank you Timaree. I just love collecting them and then painting them.

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  7. Fabulous - I've a lovely collection of pebbles so I'm off to buy some acrylic ink. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Thank you Debbie! ...And welcome. Give it a try, I love painting pebbles.

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  8. Beautiful, thank you for sharing

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  9. Thank you so much, Maria! This looks so relaxing! I don't have ink like you, so may try this with gel pens. I'll LYK if it works! ♥

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    1. You are welcome Minerva (love your name) It is very relaxing!

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  10. Well I just tried my first mandala pebble with acrylic ink and your dip pen technique on a pebble and I'm really impressed with how well the pen behaves and how much control you have. Also I'm surprised I didn't get it all over myself. I think I expected it to drip. :-) I'm hooked and will be off to the beach this weekend to find more pebbles. Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration. I'll see if I can work out how to send you a picture. :-)

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    1. That is great Debs!!!! I would love to see what you've done :)

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  11. I love your art! Absolutely beautiful! I will definitely share this video with my kids, specifically my son who has really been into drawing mandala type designs lately. Thank you for sharing this video of your process! So inspirational! Best of luck to you!

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    1. Marieke you are very kind, thank you very much!! I'm glad you like my video and I hope your son gets inspired too :)

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  12. Feels happy and serene, a creative meditation. Something I understand very well. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

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    1. Oh maia thank YOU for your beautiful words!!!

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  13. its amazing , i have aquestion can i have sth else insted of the this pen ?

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    1. Thank you very much! You can use a very fine brush too.

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  14. Beautiful, informative and hypnotic. I found my eyelids getting heavy just like when I would watch Bob Ross; his soothing voice and the sound of the brush strokes on the canvas lulled me to sleep everyday after school. Your work is just simply amazing.

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    1. Katy, thank you very much for your beautiful words about my work!!!

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  15. I watched this video with my kids (age 5) and it inspired them to go out and get a giant rock from the garden and paint it with acrylics and Qtips. My daughter kept saying "Wow, she is so focused". Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Zoe, thank you very much for your lovely message, makes me happy to know I've inspired someone :)
      What a great fun to do with your kids. Tell your daughter she can be as focused as me (or even more!)
      I would love to see a picture of their painted stones.

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  16. Hi this is impressive. May I know what kind (brand) of DIP pen and acrylic ink you use ?

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    1. Thank you! My dip pen is a custom made wooden nib holder made by a New Zealand woodturner, with a Speedball Hunt 512 nib and the ink is Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Ink.

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  17. Hi this is impressive. May I know what kind (brand) of DIP pen and acrylic ink you use ? I purchased a dip pen from hobbylobby for $15 but it refused to write. Appreciate if you could recommend a DIP pen and suitable Acrylic Ink. Thanks a million.

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    1. Thank you! My dip pen is a custom made wooden nib holder made by a New Zealand woodturner, with a Speedball Hunt 512 nib and the ink is Daler-Rowney FW Acrylic Ink. New nibs usually have a coating to prevent them from rusting, you have to soak them in very hot/ boiling water to remove it before using it or they won't work properly, try that before buying another one :)

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    2. Thank you so much for the immediate reply. I will follow your advice.

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  18. Wow! thank you so much for your generous spirit and offering this video for us to get some inspiration. Your work is sooo amazing! i've been looking for a tutorial to do this at home with my kids, and this is amazing! would you recommend just some acryli paint and fine brushes for children? thanks a lot and keep up this beautiful art work. Paola, from Luxembourg :)

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    1. Thank YOU very much for your lovely words.
      In these links you can find all the tools and supplies I use to paint my pebbles http://www.magamerlina.com/2011/12/pebble-mandala.html http://www.magamerlina.com/2012/02/two-painted-pebbles.html
      My favorites are Daler-Rowney Acrylic Ink and a dip pen. My daughter who is 10 has use the dip pen as well but for some people/children the fine brush is easier to use, they could try both :)

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  19. What do you use to make these. I make regular mandalas and I really wanna try this!

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    1. In these links you can find the tools and supplies I use to paint my pebbles http://www.magamerlina.com/2011/12/pebble-mandala.html http://www.magamerlina.com/2012/02/two-painted-pebbles.html

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  20. Wow, i really love your work! Where do you get your rocks? Could you use paint instead of ink? Can you use a calligraphy pen instead of a dip pen? For your coloured rock mandalas do you use the same acrylic ink but coloured?

    Really inspiring, have watched your video and it is making me want to start right now even though it is late at night!

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    1. one more question (sorry), how many mandalas can you do with one bottle of acrylic ink?

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    2. Thank you very much Catherine!
      I get my pebbles from some beaches in New Zealand.
      I haven't used paint but you could try. I guess you have to get the right consistency.
      The dip pen is a type of pen where you can use calligraphy nibs or drawing nibs. The one I use is a Hunt 512 drawing nib, not to flexible and with a "round" point so it can be moved in any direction.
      For my colored pebbles I used India ink markers.
      I have no idea how many mandalas with a bottle but many, many, many. I have used less than two 1oz bottles 1 since 2011.

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