Playing Around

I had some free time sitting around in the doctor’s office the other day to play around with some mandalas and color. Still dealing with my medical issues, but at least the mandalas turned out well! 😛

I started out with a mandala that I thought looked like a quilt block – all straight lines and angles. My color palette selection could have been better, but I do like how the colors highlight the various pieces of the mandala. After some reflection, I think next time I will add more colors into the outer layer – some lighter colors in those lines would make a big difference in the overall appeal, I think.

This mandala was one that I used while trying a different coloring route. Rather than coloring in the empty spaces, I put color in the lines of the mandala itself. I would like to try this one again, but with some bolder colors next time. I like how it turned out, but wish the colors weren’t quite so muted. Something to remember for next time! 😀

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? 😀