One of the things that I have found that I really enjoy doing is mandalas. I love how they look more complicated than they were to draw. I love the design and I love how no two are alike. I hope you enjoy this simple mandala I did over lunchtime at work.
As this piece started to progress, I began to see the machine parts coming out of it. When it was done, I felt like a mechanical piece had snuck itself into my mandala. But I love the way it finished.
After I completed the drawing and was happy with how it turned out, I decided it needed just a little color. Once the color was added, I was in shock with how everything seemed to just pop. I used Steadtler fineliners and color pencils.
What do you think about this drawing and what does it bring to mind once the color was added?
I started this piece with a swirl of circles. Once that was complete I started adding in some lines that helped it turn into a beautiful design.
Tell me how this makes you feel.
I remember my first mandala. I wasn’t even trying to make a mandala, I just thought it was pleasing to look at. I toyed around with the different colors and just tried to make it fun. Then someone told me to try for more detail. I just tried different designs until I saw something I liked. As you can see in the first few, They are VERY similar.
As I progressed, I started making more details, trying new things. I fell in love with mandalas. It was here that I was introduced to Zentangle. What is zentangle you ask? Well, It is a progression of 3 or less strokes that creates a pattern. They are very easy strokes that I would venture to say that anyone could follow. The beauty of zentangle, is that there are no mistakes. You just have to keep building, and you would be amazed at what comes out.
All of the sudden, I decided to make them permanent. I used a pen, Steadtler pens to be exact. I will say that the one tip or suggestion I would give is that if you think you made a mistake, just continue to make it all the way around. You’d be surprised how many mistakes I made in the following Mandala.
And just like that I was born. I found such relaxation in the patterns and the strokes of my art. I became addicted. I watched YouTube videos galore. and I just went with it. Being the OCD person that I am, I found that it was easy to “fix” my mistakes by following them through.
What do you think about these? The patterns are mezmorizing. I have decided any mandala I do, I want to be bigger and more detailed than the last. I want to add new patterns or design my own. I would love any suggestions that you might have on how to make these even better!!