Untitled First Mandala
This is my first mandala. It was a bit of an experiment and DID
involve replication of a drawing segment of 45 degrees. The original
drawing had a radial length (from center to perimeter) of 5 inches.
After scanning the drawing I used Photoshop to copy the image 7 more
times (rotating it 45 degrees as needed to create the needed 10 inch
diameter symmetry. The segment took about an hour to draw and I used a
finer 005 (not 05) Micron permanant ink pen. I created it as I went
along. I enjoy making them. It is true they are somewhat relaxing to
make since one must be thinking of the center at all times -- trying
to establish some kind of "outward" symmetry and balance all at the
same time. Needless to say, there is a fair amount of concentration
involved while creating them!
I'm thinking of not using colored pencils in this first mandala.
Instead, I will leave it simply as it is. In my next mandala, I will
experiment with colored ink dies since they will be vibrant yet
transparent enough to show the fine detail of the black lines in its
structural design. I call his "Mandala One." [Roman numeral I].
I may use black india ink as a final "color" surrounding (and within
certain sections) of the mandala. It may continue to be interesting to
use white gouache for pin points of star-light surounding (and within)
the mandala. I hope you enjoy my design.