I find myself drawn toward mandalas these days. Its easy to construct mandalas by combining simple shapes and patterns along the axes. And, as with other Zentangle Art, you rotate the tile or paper as you repeat the patterns, so that your hand can repeat the same motion pattern each time. This gets you into the “zone”.
What actually IS a mandala?
Mandalas are a timeless masterpiece, rich with traditions and symbolism. Each mandala is unique and conveys different meanings depending on who made it and what philosophies are believed by that individual. Mandalas are generally considered sacred objects with important teachings and a deity given to each one. Found in many different cultures and religions, from Buddhism, Hindu, Celtic, Native Americans, and many more the mandala has become a major symbol throughout history and even today. Yet many people don’t realize the significance or cultural meaning of this mighty symbol.
While the origin of the word mandala is still debated, most people believe it comes from a Sanskrit word meaning circle, and suggesting the etymology of the word itself actually means a container of essence. While the origin if the word is debatable, what is agreed upon is that a mandala is generally a circle with dividing lines separating it into several quadrants. Each quadrant represents a different theme and starts at the center of the circle working outward, generally a deity is depicted at the center of the mandala but it is not unusual for a mandala to be completely geometric.
— Meaning of Mandalas
Like Zentangle, mandalas can be strings that are filled with pattern
Mandala strings can be drawn with compasses
Mandala strings can be drawn freeform
Mandala strings can be asymmetrical
Mandalas can have color
Mandalas can be constructed by building shapes and patterns along axes
They can even combine with Celtic Knots.
There are so many ways to draw Mandalas!
A full day of Zentangle Inspired Fun with back to back classes this fall!
In the morning, we will explore my new “thing”…
In this class, we INVENT all kinds of new fantastical flowers, vines, trees. We take simple elements and combine them to create complex and wonderful botanically inspired designs. We will create two pieces using this process.
Then in the afternoon we will be exploring color!
A Taste of Color
Here we will explore some neat tricks and techniques for creating beautiful and harmonious color palettes. Using high quality Caran d’Ache Supracolor Watercolor pencil collections, 6 colors specially chosen to work together to create a particular mood, we will learn how to blend, layer and glaze to create wonderful, deep and complex colors. The class fee INCLUDES the one Pencil Collection of your choice
View some examples from the 2014 Downtown Retreat, Laingsburg Michigan
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Drawing Celtic Knots is easier than you think!
A few years ago, I stumbled upon a neat book by George Bain, called “Celtic Art: Method of Construction”. He outlined a really easy way to draw Celtic Knots, here is a little tutorial I did a few months ago that uses his methods.
Using his methods as a first step, we will really dig into some more sophisticated, yet easy ways to draw these beautiful figures.
While this class is in black and white, the techniques can be used with any media.
I am really excited about this stuff. Its just as addictive as Zentangle once you learn the tricks!
I’d had several people contact me to tell me they couldn’t register for classes because of some glitchy behaviour between the shopping cart and paypal..
After a LOT of searching around for clues, time spent with support at both Paypal and my [former] cart provider (who shall rename anonymous), I have decided to really rethink the whole thing.
Sooo.. in keeping with my motto… which is there are NO SMALL JOBS… EVER… I decided to revamp the whole site. I’ve done several WordPress sites over the last couple of years, so I figured this would be a good base for all of MY sites.
Now, all registrations are through the Paypal portal. You don’t need a paypal account to sign up, just click on the “Pay with a Credit Card” once you get to the Paypal screen.
I had no sooner finished putting away all my “stuff” when another studio opened up, this one is right next to the sink room, so I can resume my yarn coloring exploits
I will be painting and schlepping for the next month, so’st to be all ready and spiffed up by Lowell Open Studios, October 4 and 5.
Whew! Good thing I have a nice, strong, back!
When I teach A Taste of Zentangle, the introductory class, I tell my students “There are no mistakes, there are just new tangles”
Here is an example of an “opportunity” that occurred when my cat jumped up on my table and upended my coffee. Luckily most of it landed on the floor and on my cat, but several drips landed on my ensemble that I’d spent a lot of time on.
I didn’t want to scrap the piece, so I decided to turn the drip into a tangle.
In order to make it feel at home, it needed friends, of all colors and sizes!
The lesson is this:
When something unexpected happens, and maybe a tangle doesn’t turn out quite like you might have wanted, name it, celebrate it, and give it plenty of friends!
I am in the process of moving from my wonderful 5th floor studio to a smaller studio, Studio 321 down on the 3rd floor of the C Mill. My old studio was really large, and I feel like I was paying for a lot of space that I wasn’t using very effectively.
321 is a bit smaller, and a lot squarer, so classes can fit more easily into the space. And, it is right in the heart of the “Fiber District” at Western Ave. I’m next to Barbara Poole (felter) across from Wings and Roots(spinning), down from Rhinofluff(felted accessories), Julia Farwell-Clay (knitwear designer) and Friends Fabric Art.
I have moved all my stuff OUT, and culled a lot of things that I haven’t used in YEARS. Now I have a very large pile that will need to be sorted, stored, displayed, all that. I had planned to post a picture, but it is just too embarrassing…. Its hard to make a lot of progress in this heat too.
I won’t be ready to open by Saturday’s July 5 Open Studio, but I will be back up and running by the August 2 Open Studio.
In this little tutorial, we take a very simple shape, “Bird in Flight”, and we repeat it, change it, morph it, and build with it, to create many variations. These are just a few of the possibilities!
Genevieve has been putting together weekly lists of links to Zentangle related articles for a couple of years. Here is an opportunity to have all of the links in one place. A great resource! This is available as a downloadable ebook, with links embedded directly in it.