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:

Aof C circles color 1

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.

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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.