Sometimes you just have to celebrate what’s right on your doorstep. We love to pop down to the village, scan the beach for sea glass and listen to the waves breaking. These photos from yesterday show a rare flatness to the sea at low tide. Not a breath of wind and hardly any movement in the water made for an utterly calming, relaxing view.
I have always loved mandala designs, I find something incredibly satisfying about looking at them and creating them. Many years ago, our business had a whole range of mandala rubber stamps and I was so busy back then that I commissioned other designers when really, what I wanted was to get into the zone and immerse myself in creating them myself.
My friend Beth makes exquisite crocheted jewellery, and one piece of hers that I wear quite a lot (it seems to go with most of my wardrobe) is this one, a rainbow mandala.
Through Beth, I found out about an online class called Mandala Magic run by artist Julie Gibbons and after taking a free five day class last December, I signed up for her year long program which started in January. Well life got in the way a bit in February, so I’m just taking it at my own pace (which is the beauty of online classes) and catching up when I can.
I thought I’d share some of the mandalas that I created last year. They’re all around eight inches in diameter.
Flower of Life Mandala
Lotus Flower Mandala
I designed a series of mandala duo stamps for Chocolate Baroque recently which come as a sentiment and mini mandala pair. They are clear stamps so you can position them accurately.
There’s still one of my old mandala designs that is still in production at Chocolate Baroque too. It’s called the Waterlilly Mandala and I have to show you some of the amazing cards created by Miranda who used to be on the Chocolate Baroque Design Team. Aren’t these just stunning?
I see mandalas cropping up all the time in colouring books, and quite a lot of you have taken up my free email sign up mandala download, so I’m guessing they’re still pretty popular. What do you think, do you love them or are they a bit ‘meh’ for you?
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I always like to start the year with some art journaling. My first journal entry for 2017 is a completely unplanned and intuitive mix of paint, collage and ponderings which is rich with hidden meaning once you start to read the clues.