Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Mandala

I'm linking up with Julia over at Stamping Ground today.

My desk is a mess, so my creative endeavors get moved to the bed, the coffee table, or the kitchen counter. (The things I do in the morning while Superman is sleeping.)

Inspired by a fellow artist, Linda a.k.a. Rappy, in Joanne Sharpe's Color Love class and her instructional how to which is on her blog, Rappy-Art, I created this mandala.

You really can get into a zone. Time flew by while I was drawing this. 

What's even more cool is that it doesn't have to be perfect. You'll see that my half daisies don't have the same number of petals each time, the center flower lines aren't exactly even, my lettering isn't identical all the way around, and guess what I don't care.

That's right, I don't care, it is my belief that the imperfections of a mandala make a beautiful piece of art when complete. That is only in these imperfections that the you find the beauty.

 I think that I'm going to add a heart above that half daisy, now that I look at it. 

It is time to add some color.

 I'll use my inktense pencils, tombow markers, koi watercolor, and maybe I'll pull out my peerless watercolors and colored pencils for some texture.

Check back later this week, hopefully I'll have made some progress.

Hop over to Stamping Ground and see what is on a few other desks. You never know what will inspire you.


  1. Lori, your mandala is beautiful already. i can only imagine how gorgeous it's gonna be when it has color! i'm catching up on a few blogs - always so nice to come here and see your beautiful photos... you really have a knack for showing us the beauty in simple things. i love your photography. Take care girl - i'll visit again soon. xox

  2. Absolutely love that mandala - I'd be happy with it in black and white...but am interested to see how the colouring will go :D
    Hugs, LLJ #71 xx

  3. Please show us next week the finished result because i'd loved to see it. I love it now & picture it looking amazing in bright colours, happy crafting jill #51

  4. What a fabulous piece of art that mandala will be when finished. Hugs Rita 88

  5. Wow - already a great piece... colour is going to be really exciting - looking forward to seeing more! Happy WOYWW!
    Alison x

  6. Hi Lori,

    I agree with you - handmade items are supposed to be imperfect. That's what gives them their personality!!! You'll have to show us when it's full of color.

    Still visiting desks even though it's Thursday.

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs, Kay #17

  7. I've just had a quick look at the link, and it's really good isn't it. Looking forward to seeing your mandala when completed.
    Judy #11

  8. Great mandala and I loved having a cup of ta and a catch up on all you have been up to... I continue to love and be inspired by your messages from the universe series... love your positivity and hope Superman isn't snoring too badly... we are in change of season here and it is insane the noise that is emanating from Sinus... mind you it always helps knowing that you are going through the same thing even if it is on the other side of the world!!!!

  9. I like your way of embracing the imperfections> I agree that thats where the true beuty lies.
    Happy very belated woYWW!
    Tertia #49


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