Mandala progression


Step 1: Create your grid.

I enjoy having my mandala in the center of the page so the first thing I do is draw an X by drawing a line from each corner to the opposite. This is the lightest of lines because it’s literally used just to center my graphic.

I then take my 360° protractor and grid out every 10°. I then draw a line from one degree  to the opposite degree. {ex. 0° – 180°} I continue to do this all around. I then take my compass and make random sized circles moving from the center out to show just how big I want the mandala.

Step 2: Line your center.

This part is always the most difficult for me because the center, determines the look of the whole mandala. If you look through the mandalas that I have posted, you will see that the different options are truly infinite. Nothing is right or wrong. With this one I chose a pinwheel of sorts that I built flowers on top of. This set the tone for an organic mandala.

Step 3: Start building outward.

You will see that I used the grid lines in two different ways. the larger flower petals run between the grid lines, where as the triangular petals use the grid line as a center point. I tried to put more detail in the triangles because they were so large. Some options here are to use your protractor and grid out every 5° to make the get ails smaller, or just do like what I did and follow the gridlines making each layer larger than the layer before it. I have used both methods and both are fun to do.

Step 4: Final and Largest Layer

In this picture you will see that I have leaves that are lining my mandala and bringing the entire organic piece to life! I love how this is turning out and although I say that about almost every one of my pieces, its simply because I am as shocked as everyone else about the end result! I try really hard not to plan too much because I want to be able to adapt to kids bumping the table, pens running out on ink and even surprise sneezes.

Step 5: Putting in little details

Now is the time that you go back and add more details. These can be anything you want. Go wild.

Step 6: Finishing touches!

This is the point where you start from the center and erase all your pencil grid lines and start focusing in on every little detail. This can be as elaborate or simple as you want. That is the wonderful thing about mandalas. They truly change drastically, even with one detail. I will sugest that if you do something to one side, make sure you are consistent if you want it to look uniform. If your mandala is NOT symmetrical than disregard and have fun!

So, Now that you’ve seen the final product, let me know what you think! What would you have done differently? What do you like the most? Do you have any questions, comments, concerns or constructive criticism? Post them below and I will respond as quick as I can.

Sea Turtle Prompt


Well, I decided for the new year that I was going to be doing random prompts so that I can think outside the box more. So, with the help of my dear friend, Sea Turtle was born.

One of these days I will learn to take better pictures of my art that is larger than 8.5×11. This one is 11×14. 

Yet another view, and one more up close for good measure.

Teal and blue


I have a dear friend who is in love with teal and blues. She is also an artist friend of mine and I knew that she would appreciate and one of a kind art piece for her home. I had so much fun drawing this and perfecting it. it was worth all the time and energy when I watched her reaction when she opened it. 

I am so blessed to have people in my life that not only appreciate my artistic abilities but encourage them as well. This special lady is just one of those memtioned. 

Here is a close up so you can see the detail and shimmer in the finished product.

Dolphin mandala


I drew this for a friend of mine for Christmas. I love being able to share these projects now that Christmas is over. 

I wanted to add some special details so I added a few metallic pens to just give a little life to the dolphin itself. 

What do you think about the finished product? Tell me in the comments below. 

Bullet Journal


Well, creating a bullet journal is a fairly new concept. I decided to jump on the bandwagon because the perfectionist in me loves the idea. so I hope to add each months pages before I add my personal data to them so that you can see what I am up to artistically. 

Most bullet journals start with a year at a glance. So here is mine, created over the next 15 months. 

After this, I decided to add some writing prompts that will help me remember those things we miss daily with our kids. 

Next, I wanted to add a few prompts to writ about myself. This part is particularly important to me because of the recent death of my sister-n-law. Now we are trying to put together everything we can are bout her for her son who will, undoubtedly, want to know about her one day. God forbid anything should happen to me, but should something happen, there will be some information here for my kids and family left behind. 

Next, I looked over some thought provoking questions that I want to answer in this journal. So, I decided to write them all down and then as I answer them, I will write page numbers to correspond with the location of my answer for each. 

So, beginning in November, I decided to give you a preview of that months starting page.