Digital Coloring

June 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm (Free Downloads, mandalas for coloring) (, , , , )

I have been coloring mandalas from Michelle Normand.  Her mandala coloring site is http://www.30minutemandalas.com/

There are four free mandalas to color and 2 coloring books for sale.

I first got my start in mandalas from coloring mandalas.  Later I moved on to digital mandalas.  If you are interested in making mandalas coloring mandalas is a good place to start.

The first mandalas I colored were with marker, but this time I wanted to try digital coloring.  These mandalas work good with digital coloring because the large spaces leave room to show off special effects. 

This first one is where I started.  I am very drawn to the combination of black and dark greens with lighter green as an accent.  I replaced the thick black outlines with dark brown to give it a dark forest feel.

Dark Forest Celtic Cross

Dark Forest Celtic Cross

I started with something dark so my variations started to take on a gothic flavor.  The tended to get darker and darker.

Awakening

Energenic Centered

 

midnight celtic crossoceans deep celtic cross

mystic night celtic cross

I reversed one of my dark gothic crosses, played around for a little bit and got these two icy crosses.

midwinter

 

 

midwinter 2

I reversed icy blue cross, tweaked it a bit and came up with two fire theme crosses.  Two themes seem to come up often for me.  One is the dark forest, which I intentionally started with.  The other is fire, where the series ended up.

the order of fire

wood and fire

I often use my mandalas as an intuitive device.  They are a way to express what is in my inner self.  I was surprised to discover that coloring in mandalas someone else has made works just as well.

Ilah

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Fun with empty Cola bottles

June 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm (pick up trash! make art!) (, , , )

Welcome to another episode of Pick up Trash! Make Art!

I love the bright colors of the Coca Cola bottle, especially in contrast to the dark brown cola color.  In this case the bottle was empty and crushed, but I added the dark brown color in digital for one of my mandalas.

This was a fun set of mandalas to make.  I love the idea of starting with such a common iconic image and potraying it in a new light.

Cola mandala

Cola mandala

 

 

cola mandala 2

pop art mandala

 

A little more digital fun and the cola bottle becomes an abstract flower.  I gave it two more flavors as well, grape and orange.

grape splash mandala

grape splash mandala

orange soda flower mandala

Ilah

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A Belated Tribute to Winter

May 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm (new gallery) (, , )

I did a set of around 30 of ice mandalas. You can check them out at http://www.icemandalas.wordpress.com.

I love doing seasonal art. It helps me feel more connected to the earth’s natural rhythms. It also helps me feel more at peace with the weather.

I am not naturally a big fan of winter weather. I don’t care for the cold. I don’t like icy streets and sidewalks. This year I tried to focus on the positive side of winter. I took pictures of snow and ice and made winter themed art. It really did seem to help. Winter was more pleasant for me. I didn’t mind the cold as much. I looked forward to getting pictures of snow and ice.

Winter was colder than normal this year. I live in the DC area so winter is often pretty mild. A cold winter means more days bellow freezing than normal. We had two snowfalls that were more than flurries. Some years we don’t have any. Other areas had really harsh winters this year so it seemed really petty to grumble about our weather.

I got a lot of nice ice and snow pictures this winter. I also did a series of ice themed mandalas on my computer that were taken from digital abstracts. The digital abstracts made better mandala than the ice photos. My abstracts had vibrant shades of blue, pure white and pretty pale blue whites. The ice photo mandalas turned our rather dull with shades of dingy grays. I feel the vibrant colors of the abstracts are more fitting for a celebration of winter.

A mandala from an ice photo

Ice Photo Mandala

Ice Photo Mandala

A mandala from my digital abstracts

ice

Ilah

P.S. The only problem with doing art seasonally is that sometimes it isn’t finished till after the season.

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Mystical Kitchen Mandalas

May 19, 2009 at 8:54 pm (kitchen mandala, mystical) (, , , )

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.

chopped peppers

chopped peppers

I play around and alter it a little bit.

Chopped Ice

Chopped Ice

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.  

Dream Gate Mandala

Dream Gate Mandala

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.

into the deep blue

into the deep blue

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.

Earth and Fire Mandala

Earth and Fire Mandala

Ilah

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My new Mandala Gallery, trash can art

February 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Instead of putting all my pictures in one very large mandala gallery, I am making medium sized themed mandala galleries.  I was going to make them all 30 pictures or less, but there were 32 pictures in my first theme gallery, so now I am saying 35 or less for my theme galleries. 

My original mandala gallery

http://ilahsmandalagallery.wordpress.com

will stay up, but I am not adding any more to it.

I just finished my first one:  Beauty from trash.

http://beautyfromtrash.wordpress.com

Here is a preview.  Please click on the link for the full collection.

Dark Flower Mandala

Dark Flower Mandala

 

Grass and Trash Mandala

Grass and Trash Mandala

 I am doing away with the “no duplicates” plan.  The announcements of new galleries will have some pictures that are in my galleries.  The blog will still contain some new mandalas that are not going into them galleries.

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