Dot Mandalas in Procreate

I’ve been busy this week working at my job. Everything has to be pulled out, cleaned, and sanitized so that if/when school resumes this fall, all the toys are ready for the children. It’s a huge job, but the satisfaction of making progress on it has done wonders for my mood this week.

Even though I’ve spent nearly every day working, I’ve still managed to find time to explore more mandala art. I’m still drawing new ones for the Monday Mandala series, and I’m working on additional ones for my Etsy store (shameless plug). My diamond painting mandalas finally arrived and I’ve now finished all of those. I’ve been avidly watching YouTube videos on making dot mandalas. Using simple tools like a pencil, a Qtip, and a toothpick, I’ve seen people create some amazing art.

A few days ago, one of the planning YouTubers I follow demonstrated her newfound obsession with dot mandalas and she created one in Procreate. And I thought, Duh! Why haven’t I tried that? So I did. 😀

My first attempt was so awful I didn’t even save it. However, the next attempt was good enough to encourage me to keep going. I’ve mentioned before that I am not good at picking color palettes, so I used some palettes I had stored from previous projects.

I like the color palette and I’m happy with how it all came out. It did take some fussing with settings in Procreate to get the effect I wanted with the dots, but it worked.

The next attempt I got a little carried away. I didn’t realize until I was about halfway through the mandala that I had zoomed in WAY too much at the beginning, so the final mandala is too busy in the middle. But I’m learning from my mistakes.

The last attempt is my absolute favorite of the three, and a lot of that is because I love the color scheme of the design. It has a retro/vintage feel to it that I love. I’m going to keep experimenting with these and perhaps even put some of them up for sale in my Etsy shop as printable art downloads.

I’m debating whether to keep the backgrounds or offer just the mandalas themselves, so people can print them on whatever background they wish. In any case, I’m having a ton of fun drawing them and I can’t wait to make more.

Hitting Publish

Credit: Pixabay

I did it! I finally listed some of my coloring mandalas on Etsy. After attempting to add things here and becoming frustrated, I finally decided to just go ahead and list the mandalas on Etsy.

They are similar to my Monday Mandalas, but they are more detailed, since I drew them specifically for people to color. It was (unsurprisingly) easy to list the items on Etsy, and adding the files for download was simple. I spent more time creating the images for the listings than I did the actual listings themselves.

I’ve listed 5 mandalas to start, and I plan to add to them this week. If you’d like to check them out, you can find them in my Etsy store here. It’s all kind of an experiment at this point, since I haven’t really done any social media or marketing – mostly because I decided on the spur of the moment to just do it. 😛

It should be an interesting week for me – I’ve opened my Etsy shop finally, I bought more contrast paints to experiment with painting minis, and I bought the iOrnament app for more drawing options. iOrnament reminds me of iColorama – lots and lots of options, but it’s a bit overwhelming at first. I’ve been watching some tutorials to make some sense of it. Lots of good information, but I have a feeling I may still stick with Procreate for the majority of my drawing. I haven’t found anything that has that same line smoothing ability as Procreate.

Lots of changes heading my way – new stuff to learn, a new shop to run, and now WordPress is moving everyone over to the new block editor. I’m using it to create this post – so far, so good, except I miss seeing my word count at the bottom of the post. After some Google-fu, you have to click the information button at the top of your post in the block editor to see how many words you’ve written. Not the end of the world, but an annoying additional click.

Le sigh.

Ah well, if that’s the worst of the changes, I’m doing okay, right? I do appreciate that the new editor has lots of options the old one didn’t, change is just hard. Either that, or I’m just old. 😀

Abandoning Amaziograph

Amaziograph 3I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with the Amaziograph app – especially since it’s made for making mandalas.  It has a lot more options than Procreate in its radial symmetry, but I just can’t get over the shakiness of the lines.

That’s not Amaziograph’s fault – it’s mine, because I have shaky hands.  And, unfortunately, the older I get, the worse the tremors get.  With Procreate, I can adjust the line smoothing to account for that – with Amaziograph, I can’t.

So for making my mandalas, I’m going to stick with Procreate.  I’ll still use Amaziograph now and then, but it won’t be the go-to tool that I thought it would be when I got it.

I do have my eye on another program I discovered the other day, called iOrnament.  I haven’t purchased it yet, but I will in the next week or so.  After I’ve had a chance to play around in it, I’ll post something here.  It looks a lot like Amaziograph, with the options to do tessellations and such.

I saw a coloring book at the grocery store today titled ‘Kaleidoscope Coloring.’  It was a bunch of animals with zentangle doodles for coloring.  Guess I’ll add ‘kaleidoscope’ to my Etsy tags, lol.

Digital Coloring – Mandala 27

As I continue to draw mandalas, I’m still learning what elements lend themselves to coloring and how many details I should put in to make the final product more pleasing to the eye.

I’ve stated before that I suck at picking out color palettes, so I’ve saved lots of them to my iPad.  When I get ready to color, I can just swatch the colors from the color palette and everything hangs together.

Mandala_27_ColoredColoring in Procreate (and coloring in general) is very calming for me.  I can find my zen and just let everything else be while I work.  I had fun coloring this mandala, although I wish I had picked a color palette with one or two additional colors.  There are enough details that making it all work with my limited palette was a challenge.

I think it turned out well, though.  😛

Shaky

I wanted to try working on mandalas in Amaziograph again.  It has a lot of options that I just can’t easily replicate in Procreate.  So I spent some time fiddling around.

Amaziograph 2

Ok, weird.  Not sure why it’s cut off in the image, since it wasn’t that way in the program.  But I’ve already deleted the original, so – here it is.  😛

The inner parts are good, if kind of plain.  I was playing around with line weights, as you can see.  Unfortunately, Amaziograph doesn’t have the line smoothing like Procreate does.  So my occasional shakiness is more apparent than I’d like.

Maybe I’ll do some initial designs/drawings in Amaziograph and then push them over into Procreate and make the final images there.  That could work.

Mandala Fresco

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.

Mandala 30 Colored

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:

Mandala 30 Frescoed

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?

Mandala 21 – Colored

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.

Mandala_21_Colored

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.

Mandala Experiment

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.

_Mandala_28_Colored_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. 😛

 

Progress

Download Success
Credit: Pixabay

During the holidays, I tried to take advantage of my free time to create and be productive.  I made some progress.  I wanted to have 10 products ready to go, and so far I’ve gotten 4 of them done.  They all have some things I want to tweak, but I’m forcing myself to move on to another item.  If I don’t, I’ll spend all my time tweaking instead of working on new things.  I can always go back and tweak them later, once I’ve got some spare time.

I’ve also spent time learning.  I’ve been playing around with digitally coloring my mandalas, I’ve done some more exploring in iColorama, and this weekend I taught myself how to make my own SVG files to use in my Silhouette Design software.

I’ve added in social media for the business (find me on Pinterest, Ello, Twitter and Ko-Fi) and it is keeping me busy.  Not too busy to experiment, though. 😛

I decided to take Mandala 25 and color it digitally.  Here’s how it turned out:

Mandala 25 Colored

Once I was done coloring it, I decided to try out iColorama again.  I’ve watched a few videos on how to use and discovered all the amazing presets – something I somehow missed the first few times I used it.

I wanted to add some texture and depth to the image.  I shifted the colors a bit, using one of those presets, and I added some texture using a couple of different filters.  I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out:

Mandala 25 colored

It looks like a piece of printed fabric, or perhaps a needlepoint someone stitched. I’ve still got a list of things I want to try out, including using some overlays and filters in Procreate to color in some of the mandalas.  But I’m making progress, which is the important thing!