Only two rings in this one. I like the separation they create. The insides of each ring feel complementary and cohesive. I need to color this one and see how it turns out.
Another experiment, with only one ring. It seems simplistic at first glance, but as you look closer, the inside is more detailed than it first appears.
I like it.
A simpler design than I’ve been doing lately, but it felt like that’s where I should stop. I’m really itching to color this one and see how it turns out.
More experimentation with digitally coloring the mandalas. Anne over at Anne’s Immaterium had asked about using one of my designs in a D&D game, which I thought sounded fun.
I started thinking about how I might use them myself, and then I decided to see what they might look like. So I colored in one of the designs in Procreate.
Nice, but not exactly what I had in mind. So, I opened iColorama and played around with various filters and things there until I had something I liked.
After a few false starts, here is what I ended up with:
I like how it looks like a fresco or something you’d find painted on an old wall. It looks like some of the paint has been worn off – by time, people touching it, who knows?
The last few weeks I’ve spent some time playing around in Procreate and iColorama to digitally color some of my mandalas. Experimenting with the different color palettes in Coolors has been fun, too.
I really like the color palette of this mandala, though I think I should have made the gradient a bit more subtle. The coloring does highlight the design elements of the mandala, which is nice. The technique here is good, but I think I prefer actually coloring in pieces of the design, rather than coloring the lines.
Digging the elements I incorporated into this mandala. Simple, but lots of pieces for coloring, which I like. I’m experimenting with other forms besides just circles.
I’ve also been experimenting with Amaziograph again. I think I’ll share some of those mandalas as well. They’re not as good, simply because it doesn’t have line smoothing, so my shakiness shows more in the lines. Ah, the joys of aging. 😛
Is it bad that I am running out of things to say about the mandalas? Should I just post the image and nothing else? I mean, it’s an image, so it’s visual, but I’m not sure I’m capable of NOT writing about it, even if I say the same thing over and over.
Is that bad?
In any event, I like this one. I hope you do too!
Another mandala where I drew without the guidelines. It makes for a much more free-flowing design. I’m diggin’ all the swirls and loops. This one was fun to draw. 🙂
I had some time the other day to experiment with digitally coloring some of my mandalas. I saw this method on a YouTube video. Using my Procreate app, I made a copy of Mandala 28.
I made a new layer, then placed various rings of color on top of the mandala. After getting the colors placed, I then used a Gaussian Blur on the layer to make the colors fade easily into one another.
I think it turned out pretty well. I can see using this as a sticker or decal – on a phone, a laptop, a car window, etc.
I’m still having a lot of fun experimenting with colors, layer styles, filters, and so on, in both Procreate and iColorama. One of these days I’ll also get around to making some videos of me drawing. My awesome husband bought me one of those screen protectors for the iPad that makes it sound like you’re drawing on paper, and it’s amazingly soothing.
Maybe I should make an ASMR recording of me scratching away with my Apple pencil. 😛