The “Gatekeeper” Mandala: Days 1 – 47

I began a new-to-me style of mandalas resembling Tibetan Sand Mandalas. Gatekeeper is my first of many. It’s painted on a 7″x10″ wood block using acrylics and gel/paint pens. I completed it on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Along the way I photographed my progress and turned it into a slideshow.

Fair warning: because this slide show covers 47 days, it’s a bit long…although you can continuously press the “next” arrow to make it go faster.

If you do hang in there for the entire show, here are some things to note:

  • some days I only did a little bit of painting, while others, I did more. one of my goals for this project was to work on it every day possible, even if only for 10 minutes.
  • days 1 – 28: I used acrylic paints to put down the foundation colors of the mandala.
  • days 28 – 47: I added the detail using mostly gel pens and acrylics
  • the outline for this mandala was the only thing I knew in advance. all the colors and details were added (and came to me) as I went along.
  • I was about 1/2 way through the painting when the idea came to me to add the ‘words’ (Om Mani Padme Hum) to the bottom of the painting.
  • this style of mandala represents an overhead view looking down into a Buddhist temple. the four sections which look like little houses represent the steps leading up into the temple.

Enjoy the show!

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Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady

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