I have started with something very ordinary, some chopped up peppers. I often admired the simple beauty of the green, red, yellow and orange peppers. This is the inspiration for my first kitchen mandala.
I play around and alter it a little bit.
It is only a minor change, but the whole feel changes. Instead of firey colors the mandala is cool and icy.
The really interesting changes happen when I play with it a lot. It becomes an intuitive process. Bits of my inner self start to appear. This next mandala feels very mystical to me.
The elements turn up often in my heavily altered mandala. It is hard to tell from looking at it, but this is still based on the original kitchen mandala. This next mandala has the feel of water, but also feels a bit mystical.
Altering it even more, it comes back to earth and fire. Earth and fire fit very well with the kitchen theme and chopped peppers theme. Except now the ordinary takes on a bit of the mystical.