One of the lessons I really enjoyed from Life Book 2016 was week 8 – Finding Centre with Mandalas by Faith Evans, it was a really relaxing lesson and a great way to escape everyday stress, so when our chosen weekly theme was serenity, mandalas were the first thing to pop into my head and I thought I would share how I created my version.
Colour the canvas randomly with the Caron D’Ache pastels and spread the colour using a wet brush, I like the colour to be quiet blotchy so I dab the wet areas with a piece of kitchen paper to lighten it in some places and then when dry I add more colour here and there. Once I am happy with the effect and it is completely dry I give it a couple of coats of acrylic spray, I do this so that the water colour is fixed in place and cannot block up my white gel pen and also so the canvas is smoother to draw on.
Then I find a couple of round objects and draw around them with the sharpie, you don’t have to use circles, you could start from the centre and work out but I have a scatter brain and find having two separate starting points helps me if I get stuck on what to do next! For the perfectly round little circles (with swirls in) I used the sharpie lid and used it as a stamp (colouring it with the white sharpie ink) so that my circles were all the same size and then I started doodling with the gel pen. Because the painting is sealed if you do mess up with the gel pen you can use either a baby wipe or damp cotton bud to wipe it out and you won’t ruin your water colour.
Once I have decided how I want my outside edge to look I then mix up some acrylic paint and paint outside of the mandala this helps me focus on whats going on inside the mandala. The neat freak in me uses glasses and templates to try to get the elements the same size and every time I get stuck I just add a few more dots.
When I am happy with the piece I then give it another coat of acrylic spray to fix the gel pen in place and start adding Swarovski crystals, I like the AB coated ones as the colours go really well with the water colour effect!
What I love about this piece is how it sparkles as you walk by!