I was looking at an old cell phone and found this set of photos that I never posted. From back in December, 2014 – they are almost five years old. This is still one of my favorite pieces – mostly because of the sparkly color, hahaha! – but also because of how simply this mandala came together. Let’s look at it step by step.
My dear friend Sandy Hunter had mailed me some round mandala blanks and I really wanted to work on one. Fairly certain the color is Color Bloom Sprays from Prima because I was using those a lot back then. And, if you didn’t already know – I am totally about making life easier. My circle drawing skills just never really developed, so I cheat and use items around my house. I am fairly certain I used a roll of washi tape and traced the outer and inner circle for template lines here. That is a good starting point, then I tangled Zander inside that washi tape shape.
Around that I added two more pencil circles – most likely tracing small cups. Then added a simple band of flying geese without the lines.
Staying with the shape of the flying geese, I added a row of half moons. Super simple tangling. I didn’t know many patterns back then. And that is part of the point in this post – you do not need to know a lot of patterns to make a piece of art. Not even to make a mandala.
From there I just added some flux shapes extending outward from between the moons. This entire piece is about six inches in diameter.
Added auras inside the flux and a blackened orb between each of the flux. Nothing hard here at all.
Look at the difference between this photo and the one before. All of a sudden it looks busier and like it was more difficult to tangle. When all I did really was to add auras between the bottoms of each set of flux and a line and dot inside the flux itself. And boom! it looks harder! Just like magic!
From there I added a thick line of color around the entire outside, keeping to the shapes made by the orbs.
Finally you can see the shape of the mandala round tile. I have no idea why I took the photos the way I did cutting out the sides of the paper. Hahaha! I have learned a lot since then. Ok, flux and fescue added – those are easy to draw.
And little stacks of printemps. Even five years ago I was drawing printemps in my art. Hahaha! Who knew!
I liked how it looked at that point, but something was missing. I added some msst around the outer edges and connected the floating Zander piece to the rest of the mandala with some lines and called it done. Love, love , love! And it was so easy to put together. If you are a new tangler – you can totally do what I just showed you. I challenge you to make your own mandala. And if you are a more advanced tangler, you already know what I didn’t back then. Shading. Hahahaha! I don’t think I knew anything about shading five years ago. Today I would shade this piece but that doesn’t change how much I love it! Building a mandala from scratch? Not so scary when you take it one step at a time.