Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mandalas and scrapbook paper unite

Oooooh...I have had this idea in my mind for a while now, and last weekend it worked its way out of my head and out through my hands. I knew there was a reason to save all that scrapbook paper!

The process was simple, really. I used my compass to draw some circles, then I cut the circles out and arranged them to create the base of my mandala. See the rings in the photo above? I cut those into eight pieces, and then freehand cut the petals. I still have some ink pads in my scrapbook stash, although they're pretty well dried out. The one I used for this piece was just enough to give the edges and tips a little color for added definition.



I glued my pieces to my sketchbook page with a glue pen and then I doodled...


I had cut the same size circles from a few different papers, so I created a second one with some of the other shapes I'd already cut out. Here's mandala #2:


Same colors, same basic shapes, unique mandala every time.

Upside-down photo, but that's ok. I laid down a few lines of doodle but it still needed something.



So I made dots - my go-to-fill-in technique. I used a thicker tipped Sharpie marker and started dotting.
 


So much fun.
So soothing and relaxing.
So many scrapbook papers...
limitless possibilities for mandalas.
I'll be with my sketchbook if you need me.

7 comments:

debs14 said...

Absolutely beautiful, what a clever idea!

Helen Philipps said...

So gorgeous! Love how you built up the pattern so cleverly with such a beautiful result!
Helen xox

Patio Postcards said...

WOW - these are amazing. So very clever of you - hurry & patent this idea, along with the accompanying workshops that develop out of these brilliant ideas. :)

Karen said...

Absolutely awesome! I love it!

Karen said...

I loved these when I saw them on Instagram and am thinking of making one now you have shown how to do it.

Barbara Eads said...

Okay, that is one of my favorite techniques so far. I love the colors. You can take anything and just make it into something spectacular! I can even see using a mandala as a mat for a photo too!

Hula La said...

Very soothing...thank you for sharing! Aloha.

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