Monday, May 28, 2012

Mandala Collage and Zentangle

This 12 x 12" canvas was painted with another project in mind. But, the idea of a mandala seemed stronger, so that is the direction of this piece. The paint is actually blue, but with a red undercoat and at least two layers of blue, it appears black. With a compass that held a colored pencil I drew the outline. Fabric and laundry color sheets were the choices for the the inner pieces. Then I went to paint the purple and the blue base "ate it up"! The color was so absorbed that I gave up that idea. So, the purple is hand dyed fabric that I glued. The acrylic yellow was the wrong shade and boring, so I found in my stash, a shiny yellow that reflected the purple. Well, the original outside shape was half circles. It just didn't work. So, after several tries, I send up with the pointed shape that was cut from fabric. Back to the center where I had some yellow. That was then covered with tiny gold almost sand like beads. A few dots of yellow puff paint and a crystal in the center. I THINK that I'm done. My goodness, I'm sure wordy about this piece.
Zentangles is another type of art that I enjoy creating. Margaret Bremmer, at Enthuiastic Artist, has a terrific site that includes mandalas and zentanges. She is so talented and inspires me to do better as I play with my art. There is a peace that surrounds you as you enter that state of being absorbed in your art. May you all experience that contentment.

9 comments:

Judy said...

Beautiful work, both the Mandala Collage and Zentangle. I'm smiling at your comment about the "peace that surrounds you" with the Zentangles. I've taken a class and am learning how to tangle and it's anything other than peaceful. I find I am gripping the pencil and pen, frowning as I concentrate and try to relax LOL But I like the results (well yours, not especially mine). Very inspiring.

Jane said...

Both lovely, peaceful works - I love the calm of Zentangling too, and yours are beautiful.

Sandra said...

Dear Talented One,
Do not stress over zentangles. Often any "mistake" will get lost in the overall piece. You just sometimes get a reminder to pay attention when the pen/pencil wanders. Ommmm.

Loved the Milk Farm sign.You have done so many stunning pieces and you really seem to be enjoying San Diego. I'm so glad.

Shirley said...

Beautiful zentangle. Can see how you get lost and relax into these.

Cathy Holtom said...

Both lovely especially the mandala!

rebeccastahr said...

Beautiful!

Alex said...

Love the zen and love your Mandala... I am not sure why but my head kept tilting when I am looking at it :D

Dan Kent said...

Magnificent mandala! Great complimentary color choice and shape. Cool zentangle too.

Timaree said...

I like both pieces. The mandala sounds like the zentangle in that you had no definite outcome planned, just an idea of where you were starting. You went with the flow on both although it sounds like it was touch and go for a bit on the mandala. It turned out well though in the end.