Mandala Collection I (5 of 5)


So, the fifth and final mandala in this series. Good Lord am I tired. I guess I never really understood what all went into actually making a full collection. However, I am very happy  I completed this one. If you want to see the progression video for this one, you can find it here, on my YouTube channel.

You can revisit all of the previous mandala below:

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 1

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 2

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 3

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 4

I am going to get this collection scanned in and prints ready for sale. If you are interested in this set or one in this set, please let me know. I plan on making them available in 12×12 and 8×8.

As always, I would love to know your comments, questions and criticism on this project in the comments below! If you would rather send me an email, don’t hesitate at craftyartistkc@gmail.com.

Mandala Collection (4 of 5)


Because this mandala was on green gradient paper, I decided to make it look like a garden! I added as many organic elements that I could to make this piece come to life. I love every element that created this piece. Be sure to check out the progression video on my YouTube channel here.

If you want to see the first three in the series you can find the links below:

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 1

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 2

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 3

As you can tell, each one is different and yet they all have certain elements that bring them all together. I can’t wait to finish this series for you all.

What is your favorite part of this collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Mandala Collection I (3 of 5)


The details in this mandala were intense in some areas. I wanted there to be a fluidity in this mandala. I see so many things when I look at this mandala. I see a dog shaking its fur after a bath, I see a beautiful sprinkler in the spring and I see a fountain, bringing a park to life! I loved drawing this one, even though it took me just short of 6 hours to complete over two sessions. The white gel pen just makes the whole thing pop.

This is Mandala #3 of my first Mandala Collection. You can see the first here and the second here. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have so far.

Don’t forget to look at the progression video found here on my YouTube channel!

As always, your comments and questions are always welcome below. I love hearing from all of you! Stay tuned for the 4th in the series.

Mandala Collection I (2 of 5)


If you missed the first mandala in this collection, you can find it here.  The first mandala was my first time using a white gel pen on one of my drawings, especially of this size. I liked it so much that I decided to use the same color pattern here. Black ink with white embellishments. This mandala immediately reminded me of a sunflower. As I built out, I realized that I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted to give depth to it. As a first attempt at this type of pattern, I was a little wary about how it would turn out because it is much like creating two mandala in one.

My solution to this problem was to create a detailed mandala and a simple mandala. This way one doesn’t overpower the other and both can be equally appreciated. I really like the way that it turned out and it definitely tested my abilities as an artist. But that is something that I truly enjoy about art itself.

Visit my YouTube channel to watch the time-lapse video.

If you have any pattern suggestions for the next 3, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I would love to try anything new. Stay tuned for the 3rd mandala in this series, coming soon!

Mandala Collection I (1 of 5)


I have decided that I am going to do a series of mandalas on 12×12 color gradient card stock. Once this series is done, I will be getting prints to sell. This mandala was completed with Staedtler pigment liners and a white gel pen. I worked on this mandala for a total of 8 hours over two sessions. This is the first time that I have ever used the white gel pen as a complimentary color on one of my pieces. I really like the way it turned out and the white actually made the entire thing pop. I intend to use this same technique with the next four mandalas in this collection.

Don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel to watch the time-lapse.

If you like what you see, please leave me a comment below. I am also very open to suggestions for patterns for the next four. My advice to you is try something you’ve never tried before, it just might be spectacular!

Acrylic Rock Painting


Have you ever done this? Have you ever drawn or painted on a rock? Rock painting has so much history and I love how every painting is completely different that anything I’ve witnessed before. I love how just different color dots and strokes can turn something into a story. This is the first time that I have tried this and I think it looks pretty rough. I used Acrylic Puffy Paint to do this, which wasn’t the best idea, but it gave the rock some pretty gnarly texture, which I end up really liking!

These two were just the progress pics. I started out painting the top half of the rock black so that I would have a good surface for the other colors to show up on. In the end I think it was a good idea because the other colors really pop. Now you can tell on here that working with puffy paint is not very nice. If there was an air pocket in the puffy paint pen, it splattered out over the rock. So, I just tried to go slow and when something smeared or changed, I just changed it all the way around the mandala.

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There is the final product. I really like how it is textured. I outlined the black paint with a few dots just to add a little more flavor. This rock was about the size and shape of a common mouse for your computer. I picked it up on the side of the walk and I had been holding onto it for about two weeks and just decided today was the day.

Let me know what you like and dislike about this project and if you have ever had any experience with rock painting.

Sharpie Art Pens Review


I had the opportunity to pick the art pens up at WalMart yesterday for $20 and just had to do a review for it. This make each pen around $1.67 ea.

First off, I have always just stayed away from Sharpie because it doesnt have archival ink and it bleeds and I could go on and on. Sharpie brand itself is great if you doodle on shoes or canvas or anything really. Its a great tool for use on almost any media. However, for archival art, its not where I would turn. 

So lets start out with the case. The case alone reminds me a lot of the way steadtler cases have been designed from the start. It is one of the things that I have always loved about the Steadtler brand.

Lets move on to the colors. In this particular set of 12, I felt as though the colors were very similar. However, the colors were very vibrant, to include yellow, which is always the color I judge the most. However, as you can tell below, the yellow shoes up just as vibrant as all the others. 

And now, I decided to test, how the colors bleed and blend when used with each other. I tested light cplprs on dark colors as well as dark colors on light colors. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the colors. The integrity of each color never swayed. 

In conclusion, these pens are a very good pen for the Sharpie name. They open the door for other possibilities. However, the price is worst than the other pens of this quality. The reason, simply is because the other pens are known for having archival ink, as well as coming in a variety of nibs. 

Tell me what you think about these pens if you have had the chance to use these.