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.
I wrote before about buying the iColorama app for my iPad. I haven’t had much time to learn its features, but I have spent a few moments here and there mucking about in it.
I know that many people color digitally, so I want to make my coloring mandala designs digitally friendly to appeal to as many customers as possible.
I took one of my Mandala Monday designs and colored it in with my Procreate app.
Here’s what it looks like straight out of Procreate. I just used the color bucket drag-n-drop feature to color in the various pieces. I like the way it turned out, but I wanted to see if I could add to it using the iColorama app.
So I opened the colored mandala in iColorama and then started playing around with various options. I had tried the paper texture previously and liked it, so I started with that.
I really like the paper texture – I can almost feel the ridges of the paper under my fingertips when I look at this image. It still seemed kind of flat, though, so I kept trying other filters and options.
This is what I ended up with:
I wanted to share what filter I used, but I didn’t note it before I saved the image, and now I can’t remember. 😦 Getting older has its downsides. 😛
Even though I can’t remember what filter I used, I’m happy with the final result. The image now pops and the paper texture I used makes it look like a photo of a physical art piece, which is pretty cool.
I’m definitely going to have to carve out some time to watch some tutorials on iColorama, because I think it will be an amazing tool to use with my designs.