MotW 16-34: A Rose is a Rose Mandala

Here’s my progression through the painting of this week’s Mandala of the Week #34: A Rose is a Rose. I used a set of Pelikan watercolors and a set of Yasutomo Pearlescent watercolors. This painting is the first time I’ve used the pearlescent watercolors…was eager to play with them.

Painting Tip:

When working with sets of colors, I find it helpful to make a chart for each set so that I can see what all the colors look like.

Then when I have a certain color in mind, I can look at my chart to find the color that best matches; then I know which paint color to use from the set.

Watercolors and Iridescent W/Cs with chart

Pelikan Watercolors and
Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolors with chart

Now, on with the show!

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Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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MotW 16-33: Mineral Orbs Mandala

Here’s my progression through the painting of this week’s Mandala of the Week #33: Mineral Orbs. I used only primary colors (watercolors: red, blue, yellow) and black & white (gel pens). I mixed different combinations of the primary colors to make the secondary colors: orange (red/yellow), green (yellow/blue), and purple (blue/red).

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Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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Mandala Artist Mandala

From “Mandala of the Week” #31, here’s the progression through my version of painting it. Completed on August 4, 2016, I used watercolors, gel pens and black ink marker.

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Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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MotW 16-27: Glass Mandala

I decided to document my progress while painting this week’s Mandala of the Week #27: Glass. Feel free to download and color for yourself. I would love to see what you did.

I used watercolor crayons/pencils and gel pens. Select any image to see larger view.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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Shall We Dance?

And now for something completely different.

I recently accepted an invitation to participate in the June 2016 Majestic Theater Gallery Exhibition show entitled: Rhythm & Movement. While being part of the show was normal…what I created was far from the norm. It’s the first piece of art I’ve created in many years without a mandala or mandala theme.

Every time I thought about this show and what I’d paint, I kept seeing the same image: red satin pointe shoes with the red ribbons twisting and turning in the air. Trusting my inner vision, I followed through.

Here is my progress through my 8×20 watercolor painting entitled: “Shall We Dance?

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I’m very excited about how this turned out and look forward to other opportunities to stretch my creativity.

And here’s a interesting piece of news. When I delivered this piece, I noticed other pieces already up on the wall. One of them was a beautiful mandala painted on a large piece of black linen.

The exhibit is up through the end of June and can be viewed Wednesday – Friday, noon-5 pm and during performances.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

 

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2016-11 Blue Mandala

This year I revised how I manage my Mandala of the Week blog site. I now tie it into my Mandala of the Day blog site, where every Sunday I post a “mandala to color” related to that week’s MotD theme. For week 11, I declared it to be “blue” and created my version of the planet Neptune’s astrological glyph.

Here’s my painting progression of that mandala (watercolors and paint pen):

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The Mandala of the Week is free to download. You can view the related blog post from this mandala on my MotD site.

Join in the fun! Color it for yourself!

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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August 2015 Mandala of the Month: Bravery

August 2015 Mandala of the Month: Beginning to End

August 2015 Mandala of the Month: Beginning to End

Over four days, I spent some quality time coloring my August 2015 Mandala of the Month using copic markers, TEKwriter gel pens (recently bought the 100 pen set at Costco), and a white gelly roll gel pen.

For days 1 & 2 I used the copic markers for all the background colors and shading. For days 3 & 4 I used the gel pens to add all the patterns and highlights.

As a reference for the pattern ideas, I used a wonderful used book I found entitled “The Grammar of Ornament”, a collection of over 2,300 classic patterns. In particular I focused on the tribal patterns.

Check out the slideshow of my progress…

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The Mandala of the Month is free to download.

Join in the fun! Color it for yourself!

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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