I have created an updated gallery on my Jeanette Clawson Art blog. I hope you stop by and see what I’ve been up to.
Here is the metamorphosis of my collage.
I added some layers of paper and paint and was getting happy about it.
I’m not super happy with what happened with the Dr. Ph. Marten’s watercolors, but I’m enjoying the collage. What I have learned from my other attempts is that I need the background to be more monochromatic for the mandala to show up clearly. So I added some white with leaves as a mask.
This is something I quite enjoy so I created my mandala on tissue paper.
I played with different colors on the paper and shading on the tissue paper. I am very happy with the result. Putting them together is always tricky.
I developed some tears in the mandala and I had been thinking about adding some flowers to cover the watercolor blobs, too. So I played around with making different paper flowers. A few rejects ended up in my art journal. I was happy with how my rhododendrons turned out so I put them together. I’m not thrilled with the final product, but I’m really happy with my learning curve and I’m going to put it on Esty and FineArtAmerica. So feel free to buy it or a print of it!
Thank you Cee for your flower photography reference!
I hope you have a beautiful day.
I think I’m going to participate in the Diva’s Challenge more regularly while I integrate all that I learned at the Certified Zentangle® Teacher Seminar #27. This week the challenge was to use the tangle Scallamp created by Sarah Uram and you can see the step outs here. For more Zentangle® art check out the Diva’s blog.
Yesterday I posted about the beginning of this mail art batch and I finished 2 post cards today. The one on the left is also for the Diva Zentangle Challenge. The tangle that I used for the background is called Keeko.
Here is another step in the process:
I find drawing different sized circles in my mandalas to be very soothing. I have been working on this one for quite a while because I had a hard time coloring around all the little circles. I’m looking forward to coloring it. If you want to color some of my other mandalas they are available as digital downloads from Etsy.
Today is Draw a Bird Day! The 8th of every month is Draw a Bird Day and it is hosted by Laura at Create Art Everyday. I generally prefer a fanciful, rather than a realistic bird. This is getting close to what I have in mind. I will keep practicing! This was created using Pigma Micron pens and Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. I used 4 Zentangle patterns to decorate my bird, Finery, Footlights, C-six, and Candleglow. For more tangle patterns go to TanglePatterns. For more information about Zentangle see Rick and Maria at Zentangle.com.
The Diva’s Zentangle challenge for this week is “Relax, bro.” That was just what I needed today after a quick trip to Michigan to see my son and my husband’s parents. We got back late last night and after cleaning and unpacking it was time for some artful meditation. Drawing circles is one of my favorite meditations. I listen to Ohm chanting on YouTube and breathe and draw.
Unfortunately after all those little circles my eyes were not feeling particularly happy so I made a copy on regular paper that was 200% bigger and colored it in leisurely. I think it turned out as fun as it was to create!
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Two blog posts in one day. I’m really grateful for that! Oh, and this is Mandala 16 of 100.
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