I 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!
I kinda feel like I ran out of steam on this one. The inner circles are pretty full, which I like, but then it seems to get less ornate as you reach the outer edge. I might have a go at coloring this one and see how it turns out.
This design is a little more busy than I was doing before. An attempt to make it more fun to color – the more tiny pieces it has, the more fun it is to fill in, right?
Another simple design – I think I’m running out of ways to describe these mandalas! Mostly it’s just me playing around and making something I’d want to color.
This is a very simple design, but I wanted to play around with elements that stuck out beyond the previous rings in the design. I think it turned out pretty well.
When 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.
I’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.
This 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.
A 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.