Friday, April 29, 2016

Tiny mandalas

I have a ton of sketchbooks in use and they all have a specific purpose.

My smallest one currently is a Canson Art Book 180 which measures 9x14 cm (that's 3.5 x 5.5 inches). I keep it near the couch for drawing and colouring in what I call 'tiny mandalas', which is pretty much what it sounds like.

Here are some of the latest I've done:




I draw them with a waterproof drawing pen like a pigma micron or faber castell pittpen and I colour them in with felt tip pens (usually Stabilo 68). They are a nice way to get some quick art done while relaxing on the couch.

I'm looking forward to the day when the entire book will be filled with these. I have a couple of dozen in it now, so still have a while to go.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!

10 comments:

  1. I love how, even in mandalas, your patterns continue to appear!!

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  2. Ik vind ze heel mooi en het is ook weer zo'n goed idee om een schetsboekje 'bij de hand' te hebben waar je ook bent Ook leuk om te lezen dat je verschillende schetsboeken tegelijkertijd in gebruik hebt zo ben ik dus niet alleen haha. Fijn week end !

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    1. Ik heb in mijn werkkamer een hele tafel vol met schetsboeken voor allerlei doelen. Ik wil gewoon steeds weer wat te kiezen hebben. :-) Jij ook fijn weekend!

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  3. ik vind het echt heerlijk om te zien hoe je a die patronen, mandala's en wat al niet meer maakt. Maar wat ik me afvraag. Je moet wel stapel schetsboeken, etc hebben. Wat doe je daar allemaal mee?

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    1. Tja, euh...ik vul ze en bewaar ze en dan vul ik en bewaar ik er nog meer. Ik gebruik wat ik heb gemaakt soms wel weer als inspiratie voor nieuwe ideeën. Het is het hele proces wat mij blij maakt. Om de een of andere reden hou ik erg van boekjes vullen. De kunstenaar/fotograaf (en gretige boekjesvuller) Peter Beard zegt het het beste "I'm glad to have wasted my life on documentation that serves no purpose."

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  4. I've never been particularly drawn to mandalas, but now that I'm participating in a crochet-a-long called "Mandala Madness" and I'm seeing the incredible beauty of the form as it unfolds, I find myself looking at your patterns more closely, wondering how you set about doing it, what kind of logic informs the choices you make. Right now, I can't imagine drawing one. It seems to challenging. Do you have any pointers on how to go about "building" the layers of a mandala? Yours seem lighthearted, free but still consistent. And I'm remembering how important they are in Jung, how they are an expression of the way the soul seeks wholeness.

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    1. When it comes to mandalas I simply start from the center and work my way outwards. I never plan them or anything. I just need to know where the center of the page is and improvise from there. I don't use any tools or anything.
      With my patters I sometimes go freehand but wil often draw a grid to guide me or use templates for circles and such. Even then I just go with what I feel like doing. It's hard to explain, but in a way I'm just 'winging it'. :-)

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