I can't describe the feeling of seeing your work being published, even more when it's featured in a book you LOVE!!!
Last year, the talented, hardworking and very organized Kathryn Costa from the 100Mandalas, who I admire very much, asked me if I would send her some of my work for the book she was writing. What can I say? I couldn't be happier so, immediately said yes!
Today I got on my mailbox a copy of her book, "The Mandala Guidebook: How to draw, paint and color expressive mandala art", signed and addressed to me, a couple of her personal cards and a gorgeous thank you note.
Thank you so much Kathryn, from the bottom of my heart!!!
I took some pictures to show you.
The book is not only beautiful, but full of information on how to create your own mandalas, from freehand techniques to sacred geometry, how to make your own color combinations, collage, the use of different media, where to get inspiration from, and much more.
I wish this book had been out when I started doing mandalas in 2001, this is exactly the kind of book I would have love to be able to get back then, one of my top favorite books on mandalas right now and my favorite mandala-how-to-book.
Here is a photo of the table of contents so you can have a better idea of what's in it.
Finally, here are some photos of my work on it and the actual pieces which I keep with me.
On of my mandalas even made it to the cover of the book!!!
The second one in a Mandala Stone, it's design was inspired in a mandala I had painted in one of my journals. On this page, my mandala from the cover appears again and complete.
My last piece featured in the book is still in the making, sometimes I abandon somethings I'm making to come back to them even years later.
You can have a peek inside this amazing book here.
And you can by it here.
Ohhhhhh.... It would be fantastic to have this book!!! :oReplyDelete
It is really a great book!!Delete
Very good. It is book is incredible!Delete
Yo lo quiero!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Vale la pena tenerlo Ana Maria!Delete
This is so wonderful I'm so happy for you! Congratulations! The book looks amazing, I can't wait to see a copy in person! :DReplyDelete
Thank you very much George! It is truly a fabulous book!!Delete
I love seeing your originals with each page. It makes me so very happy the joy it brought to you being invited to participate. I'm glad the book made it to you safely! Enjoy it.ReplyDelete
Love love love your book Kathryn and I'm enjoying reading it very much!!!!!Delete
Thank YOU :) :) :)
I have watched your white ink mandala creation and you kindly advised me about the kind of pen and ink you use. I have have acquired these as instructed as well as stones and am now set up to work. The problem I have encountered is that, although it looks smooth, the surface of the stone is just a gravelly enough to trip up the tip of the pen nib so that I suddenly stop or bump over and mess up the ink and the line I'm drawing. Is overcoming this stubbiness of the pen on the surface of the stone part of the skill you develop? Do you ever prime the stone before you draw on it? And if so, how do you do that? I was thinking of putting a Mod Podge or acrylic matte coat on the stone. Would this ruin the feel or the look of authenticity of the stone? I would so appreciate your advice with this problem.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for any help you might give.
I always try to find the smoothests stones but stones never have the perfect smooth surface and, the pen is not really meant for them either so, yes it's a skill you acquire with practice.
I've tried to prime them with a matte varnish, it works perfectly to get a smooth surface but I don't like that the stones loose their natural feeling so I don't do it.