The Morning Book is also a very good place to experiment with ideas just to see what happens. Today I thought I'd show you how my very first grid mandala came into being. 'Grid mandala' is a term I made up for doing a grid drawing that starts in the center and symmetrically works its way outward. It kind of looks like a mosaic as well.
Every picture in this post was taken at the end of a Morning Book session, so the progress you see is by one half hour step each.
|I started by drawing a grid in pencil with the help of a ruler. Also with the help of a Spook. ;-)|
|I started drawing the shapes with the help of the grid starting in the center and working my way outward.|
|After finishing the drawing I erased the pencil lines and got out my inktense pencils to begin colouring.|
|Again I am working outward from the center making sure to repeat the same thing on all sides.|
|I used a limited amount of colours so the colours themselves are recurring all over the drawing.|
|After colouring everything in I took out a brush and started washing the colours with water to really make them pop.|
|And after three and a half hours (seven mornings) the grid mandala was finished.|
I'm still not totally sure about this colour combination, but I did really enjoy the process and it gave me a whole new grid/mosaic type art to explore. Grid mandalas! ;-)
Using the watersoluble inktense pencils made this page extra time consuming. If I had used markers I might have finished this page in four sittings, but I wanted to experiment with those pencils on the smooth paper in my Morning Book. For those interested: my Morning Book is a Dylusions art journal.
If you want to follow the process of my Morning Book pages real time you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook, because I post an image there every morning.
Wishing you a wonderful and artsy day!