Monday Mandala 20

Mandala_20I think this is my least favorite mandala of all the ones I’ve drawn so far.  I was experimenting with lines and overlaps, but it just didn’t turn out the way I was hoping it would.  I almost didn’t post this one, but I want to be transparent about my failures, so – here it is!

Monday Mandala 15

Mandala_15When I was drawing this mandala, I thought I made it too simple.  There weren’t enough layers and the design elements weren’t busy enough to make it a good coloring mandala.

But looking at it now, I think it turned out really well.  I like how pieces of each layer layover into the next.  And there are a lot of different pieces to color, which I didn’t see at first glance.

The first layer is a bit busy, with all the lines crowding to an almost black ring, but overall I’m happy with the design.

Monday Mandala 14

Mandala_14I’m happy with the way this mandala turned out.  I wanted a leaf/floral/nature pattern and I think I incorporated some of those design elements nicely.

This mandala also looks complete, in contrast to some of my other recent mandalas.  I might even color this one to see what it looks like.  I think some of the design elements get lost in the black and white line version.

Monday Mandala 13

Mandala_13This mandala suffers a bit from my short attention span.  I did well with the inner layers, but couldn’t decide what to do for the outer layers of the design, so I think it ends up looking incomplete.

I was trying for a Southwest/Nazca/Native American feel, and I think I accomplished that with some of the layers.  Even though I don’t love every element of the design, I do feel my skills are getting better.

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.