Mandala on a CD

I have several broken CDs and I thought it would be a good idea not to throw them to waste, but use as a base for little mandalas. Last week I started, and over the weekend finished the first one. Here is one progress shot (along with the mandala I am working on currently, you can see I am in pink-green mood):

And here is the finished CD-mandala, which is now happily hanging on my enterance door. The colors are so different on two photos that it’s hard to beleve it’s the same thing. The real colors are actually something in between. It seems that the color depends on other colors that surround it, the black seems to make colors bolder and the white makes them more subdued. Anyway… It looks good on the door 🙂

Stamped Mandala in Progress

You could see yesterday, if you read my post, that I carved a flower stamp to use in my new mandala. I used the leaf stamp too, which I carved for #carveDecember last year, and I also quickly carved a cirle yesterday, which will come very handy in future mandalas. Today I finished coloring it and tomorrow it’s all about doodles.

It’s been a dark rainy day here today. I haven’t slept well and feel rather tired. I am catching up with my ‘Over the Rainbow’ course this week and I have two more drawings to do over the weekend. Maybe then I can show you my progress. There are good drawings and some less good, I am not so proud of 🙂 Good thing about Jane’s courses is that she is really pushing my boundaries. Half of the time I feel like giving up and running away from the lesson (screaming for help) and the other half I am happily patting my back, really surprised that I could pull it through. Anyway, you will see soon what I am talking about.

Two New Mandalas and a Stamp

I have been lazy again. Days are shorter and shorter and to-do-list longer and longer. Each day I am catching up with something and it makes me nervous. By four pm I am exhausted and need to rest. Am I getting older and more easily tired or is it just an impression, maybe I am just trying to do more and more and I am not managing. Anyway… I have finished the mandala that I showed you in the last post. I am quite pleased with it, even though there are some new paints for making dots that I bought last week and tried out and they did not impress me…

The other mandala I finished is this one:


I used my stamps to create the shapes and colored it with markers. I also bought some new Liquid Pearls this week (they are the best!), so I used them too. I am rather ok with this one, even though it is not properly centered on paper, so it is not usable for framing, as a bit of stamp went over the edge of paper. Ah, well…

Today I carved another stamp to use in mandalas. I’ve been planning to do that for quite some time, and finally got to it this morning. I chose a simple flower design, which was easy to carve and gives unlimited possibilities in designing mandalas.

Mandala in Progress

I haven’t written a blog post for a long time. It’s not because I did not do any art, it’s just I did not feel like writing. One migraine is behind me. Some sad mood too. I am back to work from 1st February and a whole mountain of stuff was waiting for me when I got back. I am slowly working my way through it. I did find some little time for art every morning, of course, but somehow did not blog about it. I think I am ok now and I can continue my blogging (and also making up for lost time). I am giving you today several photos of a work in progress. It’s another mandala and I wanted it to be in spring colors, so I used Ecoline which is beautiful and bright and just perfectly expressed what I wanted to express. I am still working on doodles.

Mandala 5 February

This one I started last year, but got interrupted by Black Book month. So, it’s finished now:

I am a little bit lazy to write these days, so there were no posts, but I will catch up next week…

Black Book January: Video

For two days I was filming the making of a mandala. It was not a very enjoyable work: as I have the tripod on my desk, it’s legs limited the movement of my book (the book being quite large and stuck between the said legs), so I had to twist and turn, even to get up in order to circle around. Consequently, it did not turn as precise as it usually does and made me quite a bit anxious, which was definitely not what I was going for. In addition, by the end of the video I accidentally deleted 3 clips, so I did not capture the whole process. I was surprised actually that the video is quite good, due to time lapse you cannot see me hesitating and my hand shaking, so I am pleased with the result. Have a look, it is less than 7 minutes long (I dislike long videos).

I stayed home again the whole day today. It’s freezing outside and I don’t feel like going anywhere. I am sick of the cold and I wish the temperature would rise above zero to melt this ice for at least a couple of days. This is making me almost depressed. Tomorrow morning I have to go to the court, I was called as a witness in some process my landlord is having with the municipality, I don’t even know what it is about. You can imagine that I am thrilled about having to go… So, I am trying to take deep breaths and say to myself that it will all be over quickly and that no introverts will be harmed in the process. It’s not really working… I am very nervous.