What Have I Learned?

Here is the first mandala I published on this blog. I thought it would be interesting to compare it to my latest mandala and decide whether I can see any growth from the start to where I am now in my drawing.

This is my most recently published mandala. I am happy to say that I can see growth and development from where I started. My lines are cleaner, more distinct, and more assured. Even though this latest mandala is not my favorite, it does have a coherence that my first one does not.

It’s definitely been a learning process, and I’m still learning with each mandala I draw. Some day I’ll gather them all together and put them in a book.

Some day. 😀

Playing with Color

I spent some time this week playing around in Procreate with some of my mandalas. It’s always interesting to me to start coloring them in and see what works and what doesn’t. If I was just printing the mandalas out on paper and using colored pencils, they would all work.

But if I’m coloring them digitally (with Procreate or another app), sometimes how I’ve created the mandala causes issues when doing so. For instance, the net sections I left white above, because coloring them in using Procreate isn’t as easy as dragging and dropping the color like I do with most sections.

It’s a good exercise for me, so that I know when I create the next mandala what to do or avoid. Case in point – the circles on the inner layers of the above mandala. I used white to create them, so you can’t color them in digitally, because they are already white, even though it just looks like open space to color.

You can see the same use of white in this mandala to create the circles. Had I used the eraser to create the circles, the background color would show through them. Instead, you get this stark white on top of the layered gradient background.

An interesting effect, but definitely something I need to keep in mind when I am creating the mandalas. Draw and learn, right? 😀

Enjoying Life

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It’s been quite a little while since I felt like I had something to say here. Life is busy with other projects and – well, you know how it goes. 😀

While I’ve been working hard on other things, it’s been too easy to let this space slide into the background. I don’t know if that will continue or not. I am keeping up with the Monday Mandalas, so at least that’s something!

Life is good – I’m making progress on many of the projects I am currently working on, and it feels good. There have been some frustrations and setbacks, sure, but I am working on things I WANT to do, so even setbacks don’t seem as daunting as they once did.

Things are great at home – everyone is enjoying their summer vacation and trying to avoid thinking about the work that will be in front of us in just a few short months as we return to school. Except for my poor hubby, who works outside all day in this ferocious heat. But we are planning and saving for a family vacation, so he doesn’t mind too much. 🙂

Speaking of saving, we are still working on our journey to being debt-free. We are down to just our mortgage and one car loan, and we are paying extra on both of those every month. I hope to have the car loan paid off well before the end of the year, so fingers crossed! Even though we are paying extra on the remaining debts, we are still managing to ‘pay ourselves first‘ and put some money away in savings every month. Some is earmarked for specific things – like college tuition and vacation – but the rest is going into a rainy day/emergency fund. Just in case, because you never know.

On the miniature front, I haven’t painted anything lately. I’ve been busy with my newest project, which is my diamond painting YouTube channel. Though I jokingly call it my ‘obsession,’ the truth is that discovering this hobby/form of therapy has saved my sanity in a lot of ways.

For the first time in a long while, I am happy where I am. I have plans for the future, of course, but the present is good, and I’m remembering to BE present and enjoy it. I hope you’re doing the same!