Monday Mandala 12

Mandala_12A lot of lines in this mandala – I’m still experimenting with elements and motifs.  I call it experimenting, but really it’s getting lost in the zone when I’m drawing.

This isn’t one of my favorite designs, but looking at it closely, I might feel differently if I colored it in.  It does have a lot of nooks and crannies for coloring.

The pattern feels too repetitive to me, even though I did that on purpose.  Maybe that’s why it doesn’t appeal – too many similarities.

Monday Mandala 11

Mandala_11I’m actually pretty pleased with the way this mandala turned out.  The Monday mandalas give me a way to try different things without worrying about whether it’s sellable (that’s not a word, but you get what I mean).  I like the play of all the circles and arcs in this one.

I’m currently in the process of trying to figure out what platforms I want to use to try and sell some of my designs.  I’m actually thinking of trying to put them together in a book to sell on Amazon.  Which seems kind of crazy, but what have I got to lose?

I’m looking at a few other platforms as well, including Etsy and some print-on-demand sites.

What are your preferred platforms for selling?

Mandala Monday 10

Mandala_10I’ve hit double digits! This mandala was a lot of fun to draw.  I keep saying that, I know, but being able to produce something creative like this feeds my soul in a way I’ve been missing.

I’m a bit OCD and the symmetry of the mandalas satisfies my need for organization and order.  Which is funny to say, because as I look at some of the mandalas I’ve drawn, some of them seem kind of chaotic.

But – there is order underneath the apparent chaos.

And that makes me happy. 😀

Mandala Monday 9

Mandala_9I can’t believe I’ve already done 9 mandalas for Mandala Mondays!  I mean, I’ve drawn way more than that, but it seems like the weeks have flown by lately.

The older I get, the faster time seems to go.  Which is ironic, since in my experience older people tend to move slower.  Maybe they think they’re going fast, since time is relative? 😛

This mandala is kind of a mish-mash of things.  I was trying out different elements and seeing what I liked, what I didn’t, what I was good at drawing, and what I wasn’t.  The ones I create for Mandala Monday tend to be simpler and not as ornate as the ones I’m drawing for coloring pages (for obvious reasons).

I can sit down in front of the TV while my husband watches football and draw.  It’s actually relaxing and I can usually get at least 2 done in the course of one game.  I’m looking forward to challenging myself to keep this up as long as I can.

Consistency is key!

Mandala Monday 8

Mandala_8This mandala is a little different than the ones I’ve been drawing before.  I’m trying to experiment with various motifs and elements.  Some I like better than others.

I like the interior pieces of this design, but I’m not as happy with the elements towards the outer edge.  Ah, well, that’s why I’m doing this – experiment, experiment, experiment!

You’ve heard that old adage about needing to practice something for 10,000 hours before you’re good at it?  I’m not anywhere close to 10,000 hours yet, so it’s okay if it’s not exactly the way I want it to be.  It gives me something to strive for, and that’s something we all need, I think.

Happy Monday!

Mandala Monday 7

Mandala_7Again, more experimentation with variations of shapes, rather than the more traditional circular mandalas.  I think I started off thinking about a feather motif and then it morphed into more leaves and flowers.

That’s all part of the process, I think.  Getting into the feel and flow of creating the mandala, rather than being focused on forcing into something preconceived.

I haven’t actually drawn one just for fun in a while, as I’ve been concentrating on producing ones for a coloring book.  I think I need to draw a couple that are just for fun – find my mandala mojo again!

 

Mandala Monday 6

Mandala_6So far, this is one of my favorite mandalas that I’ve created.  The lines, the shapes, the symmetry of it, all turned out much better than I anticipated.  I feel like I found a good balance in all of the layers, as well as making it detailed enough to be a good design for coloring.

Speaking of coloring, perhaps I should print some of these out and color them and see how well they actually work. Maybe you could help me out and do the same – and then send me photos of your work to share? 😀

Off to the printer I go. 🙂

Mandala Monday 5

Mandala_5I have been playing around with different shapes of mandalas and wanted to try one that wasn’t completely circular.  I like the snowflake-like shape of this one, but I’m not sure I put enough detail into the outer layers.

I have been searching the interwebs for inspiration for design elements, but I find many of them too similar.  So I have also tried incorporating some elements from zentangles to fill in details.

Regardless, the process of drawing the mandalas themselves has been fun for me.  So it shall continue!

Mandala Monday 4

Mandala_4I quite like the way this mandala turned out.  The repetition of the shapes turned out better than I thought it would.

I’ve been working on some larger mandalas, with an eye towards turning them into a coloring book.  Interestingly, as I’ve worked on them, I struggle with them more than the mandalas I was drawing just for my own enjoyment.

So maybe my own enjoyment of the process has an effect on the final product.  Something to keep in mind as I go forward.