Friday, April 25, 2014

Busy week

This has in fact been a busy week.

Along with daily artmaking I've had lots of stuff to take care of. And the most enjoyable thing I did this week was to help a friend start her own art journal. We're going to meet on a regular basis untill she feels comfortable on her own, and perhaps we'll continue meeting after that. It's lots of fun to share ones hobby with other people, and art dates are especially fun.


As you probably know by now, I'm addicted to make mandalas. This one was the last one I made, and I was in doubt it would result in anything good. But it proved me wrong. In my opinion this is one of the best I ever did. The depth and dimention in this one is almost unbelievable.


It is flat as a pancake, but it doesn't look like that at all. The fact that I was in doubt about this one, was because it doesn't look like what I normally do. The yellow background was a risk to take, but I think it works well.


The design and color choices were made as I worked my way through it. The shading were done using a charcoal pencil and blending stump. The mandala is made in Twinks and the background is acrylic paint with lots of water in it.


The canvas is one I made myself. I used the back of a paper pad, gessoed it and added a cotton fabric on top, very thin fabric. New layer of gesso and ready to paint on. Super easy and very good with twinks because I decide the amount of gesso used. As is now, it is quite absorbant, and that gives a very nice result using Twinks.

I have also recruited three new users for the Twinks this week, and I have hope for even two more. I've also thought of getting a local art/craft store to become retailers of the Twinks. That would make it much more easy for all of us.
Thanks for stopping by, and thank you all for your lovely comments. yhey're much appreciated.
I'm linking this post to PPF.

28 comments:

  1. Love your photos, they show off your work very well!

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  2. Stunning! The yellow really makes the mandala sing!
    Happy PPF :)
    (no. 20 on list - I'm new!)

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  3. Beautiful mandala, love the vibrnat colours. Hugs, Valerie

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  4. Very pretty Mandala Laila. Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. You're right, it really looks 3-dimensional! Great work !

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  6. Wow such an impressive Mandala..the depth is AMAZING!! Gorgeous!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  7. Very colorful and pretty! Such detail too!

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  8. Wow! Beautiful mandala and yes, lots of depth. Great work.

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  9. beautiful mandala, love the colour combination.

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  10. Wow! Beautiful mandala in great colors!!!

    Smiles, Saskia :)

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  11. such a beautiful piece! Its hypnotic!!!

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  12. Wow the way you shaded this is amazing. The depth and 3-d appearance is fabulous
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  13. You make the most amazing mandalas! I love the colors, but even more I love the sense of depth you create with your shading! The dimensionality of it is just wonderful!

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  14. I love the mesmerizing feel and the brilliancy of the color scheme too. It's such a blessing to help others as you are doing with your friend. Happy PPF! #69

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  15. Your mandala is certainly striking and very beautiful.

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  16. I love it color depth everything jumps off the page

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  17. When I first saw it, I thought it was stitched -- it has some dimension to it and the colors seems to float a bit. Wonderful vibrant work!

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  18. Wow, the colours and lines just suck my eyes into your mandala! What a great optical illusion!

    Renee

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  19. Your work is wonderfully intricate!

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  20. WOW! Love your mandala! The colors are stunning! :)

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  21. Your mandala looks 3D on my screen, what clever use of shading and brilliant use of colours especially the yellow.

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  22. Laila you mandala is gorgeous! The colours, design and shading make it very dimensional , totally creating an optical illusion, very lovely work!

    Annabelle : )

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  23. Loving this mandala with all it's vibrant colours. Laila.

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  24. WONDERFUL! Again you have created such an enchating mandala! ... And I love your blog header so much!

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  25. Lovely mandala -- I love vibrant colors, which you can't see so much on my recent blog posts as I am learning to work with watercolors and not getting the depth I want.

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  26. Beautiful and so dimensional! The yellow was a great choice!

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  27. Beautiful depth. Looks fantastic!

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