White Mandala on Black

For some time, I have been wanting to draw a white mandala on black paper.  I drew the grid for the mandala back in August.  Yesterday, I finished the mandala.  It may have taken more time to draw the grid than the mandala.  Probably not.

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First Six Day of August

August is supposed to be the hottest month of the year.  If that is true, then stay under the A/C and draw.

Here are the first six daily drawing for August.

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August 1, 2018

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August 2, 2018

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August 3, 2018

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August 4, 2018

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August 5, 2018

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August 6, 2018

Art of Concentration: Day 14

Let’s relax, create some beautiful pieces, and work on our concentration skills.

The Art of Concentration rules are:

  1. Draw lines on a page.  Straight line, squiggly lines, circles, squares, triangles, stars, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section a different color.  Start anywhere.  Use any color.  Typical you will only have a black pen or a pencil, those are fine.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

Today’s line drawing:

AofC circles

The line drawing are create in Corel Draw which is a great tool for creating anything from scratch. I do not use Photoshop for these drawing, because it is not a photo.  After I am happy with the drawing, I export as a Bitmap.  It would be time consuming to create each section for coloring in Corel Draw.  Microsoft Paint is used to color the bitmap. If I wanted a gradient of colors in each section of the drawing, I would do that in Corel Draw.

Example 1:

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Example 2:

Aof C circles color 2

Example 3:

Aof C circles color 3

All of the line drawing, done by hand, were done 14 days ago, and one was colored each day. It provided me time to work on other projects.

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Art of Circles

Click here for a PDF version on today’s line drawing. You can also download any of my line drawing from the Coloring Page.

Art of Concentration: Day 13

Today’s line drawing is made up of hearts.

AofC hearts

The Art of Concentration rules are:

  1. Draw lines on a page.  Straight line, squiggly lines, circles, squares, triangles, stars, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section a different color.  Start anywhere.  Use any color.  Typical you will only have a black pen, or a pencil, those are fine.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

My first color choice:

AofC hearts color 1

My second color choice:

AofC hearts color 2

Today’s hand drawing:

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Hearts Apart

You can download a PDF version of the line drawing on the Coloring Page, or click here.

Art of Concentration: Day 12

Another spiral!  Why?  Because figuring things out, what works and doesn’t work is fun.  I have fun drawing spirals and making something of them.

Below is today’s line drawing:

AofC another spiral

I learned that using two colors with at line drawing was impossible.  Three colors would be difficult, not impossible, but fun. The first approach to coloring the line drawing was to color the individual square (or four point stars) with a different set of colors, but still following the rules.

The Art of Concentration rules are:

  1. Draw lines on a page.  Straight line, squiggly lines, circles, squares, triangles, stars, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section.  Start anywhere.  Use any color.  Typical you will only have a black pen, or a pencil, those are fine.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

AocC another spiral color 2

You probably did not notice, but I tried to use a pattern for the colors.  Here is the pattern I choose for the second color drawing.  It is easier to show you than explain.

AofC color example one

The vertical and horizontal pattern was: pink, blue, and white.  Picking a pattern, made it easier to color without having the same color sections touching.

The results:

AocC another spiral color 1

With the hand drawing, I used the four colors: pink, blue, purple and gray, and changed to a darker color as it got closer to the center.

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Around the Spiral

You can download a PDF version of the line drawing from the Coloring Page, or click here.

Cosmo of Color

I had the idea that I wanted to do a pour painting that was larger than my normal 4″ x 4″ painting.  However, a large canvas can be expensive, ranging from a $5 to $50 depending on the quality.  Add on the cost of the paint and additive, a larger painting could easily cost $20+ to complete.  Did I have the experience needed to pour a larger canvas?

It occurred to me, I had a used 16″ x 20″ canvas.  It was a photo canvas from Walgreen that someone did not like and told me to throw it out.  However, I have issues with disposing of items that could be used in my crafts.  I double checked with the previous owner to make sure they did not want it, and I Gesso the photo canvas.  Still, nervous about painting the canvas, I let it sit for several weeks.  Then, I put on a second layer of Gesso, and let it sit for another week.

The colors I selected for the pour were:

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I found the paint on sale for 99 cents.  The painting took about 32 ounces of a mixture of paint, Floetrol paint additive, water, and a few drops of silicone.

The results:

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The technique I used was dirty cup pour.

Art of Concentration: Day 3

All tasks requires some form of concentration, even tasks that are habits like eating.  If your concentration dips while eating, you may drop your fork or bite yourself.  With art, if you get distracted while creating your master piece, you may pick up wrong color or apply color to the wrong spot. While it is true, there are no mistakes in art.  There are things we would really like to hide.

Today’s Art of Concentration is the double swirl.  One swirl it going clockwise, the other swirl is going counter clockwise.  It maybe a little more complicated then yesterday’s swirl.  Yes, it does look like a flower.

The rules are:

  1. Draw black lines on a page.  Circles, squares, squiggly lines, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section.  Start anywhere.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

The line drawing created in Corel Draw:

AofC swirll 2

Double Swirl colored:  Notice is this example I started with the tips.

AofC swirll 2 Color Alt 2

This drawing shows a different starting point, along the edge.  Even though, both have identical line drawings, they have a different feel.

AofC swirll 2 Color Alt 1

The hand drawing of the Double Swirl, created on a Studio Series Artist Tile using Sakura gel pen.

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Double Swirl

Click here to download a pdf line drawing of the double swirl. It is also available on the Coloring Page.

Easter Pour

Here are the pour paintings, a.k.a. fluid paintings, I did on Easter.  I used “Easter” colors:  Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, Yellow, and white.  I do not know which one is my favorite.

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I thinking this one would make a beautiful background. Maybe some trees. Or, I may just leave it along.

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All the painting are 4″ x 4″.

2017 Christmas Card

It is the Christmas Season!  All the presents are wrapped and all the cards have mailed; it is time that I share with you my Christmas Card of 2017.

I usually start thinking about my Christmas Cards around July.  If I wait until Thanksgiving, I sure that disasters will strike and I would be force into buying Christmas cards from the store.  This year the ideal was a Snow Globe Christmas card.  I researched the ideal and knew it was possible.

But, I didn’t really want to put a piece of plastic wrap or it’s equivalent on the card.  And, than I found Jullibean Soup’s Large Circles by Hampton Art.  It was a quick Click and Order from Amazon.  Once the circles came in, I started to work on the card.

I thought about designing a village scene to put inside the snow globe, but I wanted a little deep.  Then it occurred to me; I have polymer clay, I have cutters for snowman and trees.  The card was coming together.

The snowman, trees, and snow were made with Sculpey Polymer Clay using a setting of 3 in the pasta machine and cut with “cookie” cutters, bake and covered with sparkle varnish.  (Which was the first mistake.)  However, I need to draw the face and buttons, and color the hats on the snowman.  I got out may Sharpie pens and colored the hats.  They looked awful.  I should not have varnished the snowmen first.  What was I going to do, paint all the snowmen?  Nooooo!  I had just recent purchase a set of Chameleon Pens, which worked with beautiful results.  It even covered where I used a Sharpie.

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Since the Snowman were coming together, I could now design the inside of the card.  This was done using Corel Draw.  I probably spend too much time making snowflakes, but I was having so much fun.  I hope the shading on the snowman gives it some dimension.

2017 Card Snowman

At Office Depot, I found dual color cardstock.  It was light blue on one side and white on the other side.  This was perfect for my card.  It would give me the blue sky I wanted behind the snowman scene on the front and white on the inside.  I found the snowflake paper at Hobby Lobby.  I found some nice light blue glitter paper at JoAnn’s and had the silver paper left over from last year.

The Jullibean Soup circle comes with adhesive around the circle, so it was not necessary to stick it through the first layer of paper and glue everything down.  I used Silhouette Studio to design the silver snow globe and the cut for the top paper layer.   Everything was cut using my Silhouette Curio.   I was really dreading gluing it all together.

More research.  I found this wonderful blog that talked about ways to glue paper together.  Did you know you can put cheap plastic wrap between two piece of paper and use a hot iron to fix them together.  I didn’t use plastic wrap.  The blog also talk about Xyron Creative Station for sticking paper together.  This is the best machine I have bought all year.  It did exactly what I expected.  It basically creates stickers when you roll your paper through the machine.  Afterwards, you just peel it off and stick it where you want it.  It even handled the delicate “Merry Christmas”.

To assemble the card:

First step: print the inside of the card on cardstock on the correct side of the paper and cut everything.  Run the snowflake paper, the silver snow globe, and the Merry Christmas through the Xyron Creative Station.

Second step: stick the snowflake paper to the correct side of the card.20171102_153614

Third step:  Use glue dots to fix the snowman, trees, and snow to the card.  Top with snow.  (Second mistake.)  After sitting in a box for several weeks, the trees and snowman started to come loose.  The problem was I did not use permanent glue dots for those items.  I had to gently open up at least half of the cards and redo the inside.  I am glad I switched glue dots during the assembly.

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Fourth step:  Place plastic circle on tope of snowman and snow.

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Fifth step:  Place silver globe around circle and add Merry Christmas.

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We have a finished card.  Well, almost.  It needed something else.  I used glitter glue to around the border to give it more sparkle.

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I put the card in an envelope that I stamped with snowflakes.  Both, envelope and card was mail in a bubble mailer.  Any thicker and the card could not be sent First Class mail.