I’ve never tried to work on a mandala before. The only thing I really know about them is that they are, round. So… I pulled out every kind of art supply that I had, which included “The Kitchen Sink” and decided to use it all. What colors to use was easy. My favorite color, red, and anything that would blend well with it.
The theme of my project was “Ring”. When looking at it from the sides, you can not tell where it starts, nor where it ends. It doesn’t have a beginning or an end! And so it is with God. The Bible says He has no beginning and no end. It hit me! Like the circle of the ring. In Greek the words are Alpha and Omega. I printed and wrote out several scriptures that applied to the character of the ring. A great way to explain God. What better way than with art. I am very grateful for the gift of creativity and artistic abilities. It’s a perfect way to express myself and the things I love. And so… on with the tutorial.
This was an interesting project that continued to change with each layer. I did have trouble keeping the circle looking like a circle but I would apply a stencil with a circular design to it to keep me on track. In the end, I wandered off the circle path a bit, but I was able to achieve a few interesting plays with everything in my kitchen sink of artist supplies.
Artistcellar Supplies: Visual Journal, Silks acrylic glaze – Spicy Tomato, Tim Holtz Distress stain – fired brick, Dina Wakely acrylics – Ruby and Blackberry, Dylusions Ink Sprays – After Midnight, Faber-Castell Pitt pens, Sakura Gelly Rolls – White, Faber Castill Gel Sticks, Derwent Inktense blocks, Koi Watercolor set, Crayola Slick Stix, Viva Decor Inka Golds, Ranger Archival ink pad, Dina Wakley White Gesso, Artistcellar Stencils – Sacred Heart Series – Immaculate, Cathedral Series – Amiens
Additional Supplies: Glitter, Dyna-flow fabric paints in Hot Pink and Red, Golden’s Interference acrylic in Blue hue, letter stamps, word stamps, bee stamp, fountain pen, stencil brush, Perfect Pearls, Golden Acrylics, H20 watercolors, Pan Pastels, Zig Real Brush – light gray, My own hand made journal with canvas cover, and several, well more than several small sized Milky Way Candy bars. I can see that a few of them actually made it into the photo below.The first step was the biggest one. Starting with a red pan pastel circle in the middle of my journal page and then creating a circle around the pan pastel with Viva Decor Inka Golds, began my mandala. It was up for grabs at that point. I started applying every red or pink artist supply I had. There was no order, only application.
Here I am applying Dina Wakley’s Acrylics – Magenta to my circle. I took a small brush and blended this color into the edges of the main circle.
I continued to move out from the center with Gelatos or Gel Sticks. I love these guys for their rich colors. But, FYI, they react to water, so it would be difficult to apply matte medium to your piece unless you used several layers of pastel fixative to set the gel stick permanently. A very worthwhile step.
These Inktense Blocks react to water as well but become permanent when dry. The luscious colors and smoothness makes these a must have! You can decide on any color and it doesn’t have to be just one. Let your imagination and random thoughts choose what colors go where.
It seemed to me that my circle was a bit wobbly. So I took out one of my stencils and sprayed it into the center with Dylusions Ink Sprays. Love, love, love these inks. I blotted off my stencil in my Visual Journal on a blank page for future art projects.
My doilies stencil really helped in correcting my circle construction and I just couldn’t pass up using Artistcellar’s stencil – Immaculate in the center and again, I used Dylusions Ink spray – After Midnight as a darker color to make the stencil stand out against all the hues of reds and pinks.
Second Step: After applying all the products I listed above, I made sure it was completely dry. Then I started adding text with Pitt Pens, calligraphy and fountain pens, letter stamps, and White Gelly Roll and Signo pens. Some of the words and letters were accented with White ink while others were shadowed with Zig Clean Color real Brush – Light Gray. I printed large letters and wrote very small with a fountain pen on the edges. I added dots of white and black and drew circles around these little circles. Using a few stamps with swirls, I stamped a few around one of the layers. I am also Glitter Queen and I would put it on everything if I could. But I controlled myself and added a little pink to the main rose and a little green to the leaves.
I also added tiny little bees with a stamp I had and accented them with a Signo White pen, (best ever white ink pen in my opinion!) and topped their little bodies off with a hot pink gelly roll pen.
The Third step: The edges around the pages seemed too open and needed a bit of closure, so I took out my Artistcellar stencils from the Cathedral series – Amiens and used a stencil brush to fill in the four corners. I used Dina Wakley dark blue acrylic to give the edges a deeper hue than the rest of the piece. The last thing I did, which was my favorite, was I took Golden’s Interference Acrylics in the Blue hue and painted over all of the darker paints to include the rays coming out of the heart stencil. This is a very strange and yet awesome product. You can only see its effects on dark colors, but oh my… the effect is exactly like the shine and translucent color on dragonfly wings. Shimmers of color you can only see when the sun or light hits it a certain way. I can’t wait to try it on an art journal I am working on. Lots of Dragonflies.
While photographs do not represent this unusual paint’s qualities, I think you can see a little of its effects on the rays and the heart.
It is difficult to see the true impact of the Interference acrylics, but you can see some of it on the corners of the cathedral stencil and the Sacred Heart Stencil.
But, when it was all done, I thought it had been a wonderful experiment that actually turned into a very pretty mandala in my own personal hand made Art Journal. I hope you enjoyed this experiments with me. So… make sure you stop by and stock up on a few artist supplies and products that you DON’T HAVE and combine them with the supplies you DO HAVE, and create a little experiment with color all on your own. The sky is the limit. So aim high and make sure you use as much color as you can.
Have a great week! Try something fresh and new! I just received 4 more stencils from the Artistcellar store. Cannot wait to use them. Maybe I will have them in my next tutorial.