MotW 16-48: Tis the Season for Ornaments Mandala

Here’s my step-by-step painting of the Mandala of the Week for week 48 of 2016. The theme for the week: Tis the Season for Ornaments. I used various watercolor media and gold, black, and white gel pens on 140# Strathmore 400 Watercolor paper.

Before painting this I had a couple of ideas for colors to use and yet when I painted it, only one remained, the background dark blue. All the other colors happened on the fly; it always seems to come out better that way.🙂

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Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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MotW 16-47: Buckle Up Mandala

Here’s my step-by-step painting of the Mandala of the Week for week 47 of 2016. The theme for the week: Buckle Up. I used various watercolor media and a white gel pen on 140# Strathmore 400 Watercolor paper.

I painted this mandala inspired by the colors used in three of this week’s Buckle Up MotD images. Using the iridescent watercolors allowed me to give the overall structure a metallic look. The white gel pen lets me highlight and give a shine to 3-D-looking sections within the mandala.

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Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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MotW 16-45: Mandalas Hand Drawn

Here’s my step-by-step painting of the Mandala of the Week for week 45 of 2016. The theme for the week: Mandalas – Hand Drawn. I used various watercolor media and a white gel pen on 140# Strathmore 400 Watercolor paper.

I painted this mandala intuitively, meaning as I looked at each section, I let it tell me what color wanted to go there. And being that it’s an exaggerated design, it felt like it wanted to be bold, bright, and 3-dimensional yet have a very delicate, lightly textured background to complement the design.Select an image to start the slideshow.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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MotW 16-44: Crowning Glory

Here’s my step-by-step painting of the Mandala of the Week for week 44 of 2016. The theme for the week: Crowning Glory. I used Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils on 140# Strathmore 400 Watercolor paper.

I decided to color it all in with dry pencils and then brush each section with water. Except for the red and maroon bands, I used three colors per section. Select an image to start the slideshow.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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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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