Category Archives: mandalas

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Wordless Wednesday

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On the grass on Monday

Today we made flower mandalas

Little Miss M aged 4, with Granny taking orders and happy to be the artist’s assistant.

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Master R, who wanted to make an edible mandala

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Miss E, aged 9

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Joining in with Cathy and the international Monday Garden Party that is ‘In a Vase on Monday’.

 

Beauty

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This is so beautiful, I just had to share it from: http://alisaburke.blogspot.co.uk

 

Mystery

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mystery unfolds

as sand is raked in circles

we gather to walk

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trial run on paper

the reward is perfect

a Chartres labyrinth

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week is MYSTERY

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts are REWARD and TRIAL.

Once again I combine the two in a ‘PHAIKU’ Challenge (my own made-up word), Jen, Denis, Cathy, and when she can, Melissa (it was Melissa who started me doing this) also often/sometimes combine these two challenges in a fun challenge each week – it is not as tricky as it seems – come join us! Leave a link in the Comments below.

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Join in the Photo Challenge by leaving a link in the comments here or at Nanacathy‘s, for me to include you in the weekly round-up, which usually appears on Sunday.

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Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ Photo Challenge.

Mystery: Have you ever wondered how to draw a labyrinth? Have you ever wondered how Marc Treanor creates his magical sand designs? Have you ever wondered about the mystery of the power of labyrinths?

I learned to draw labyrinths many years ago but the sand designs remained a MYSTERY until 22.Sept this year when I was lucky enough to be able to join Marc on Mwnt Beach in Ceredigion, Wales for a supremely magical evening to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Marc Posted this beautiful short video on You Tube and Facebook

I felt extremely blessed to have been able to be one of those long moving shadows making our way around the path to the centre and out again, whilst a flute and ukulele played and children sat around the fire in the middle.

You can see me carrying a magpie feather on the left, in this photo by Dimlo Sighs, which he has kindly given permission for me to include.

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Profound, mysterious, magical, unforgettable.

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Fern

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ideas like lightning

strike me by surprise, and when

it rains it pours

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Joining in with our weekly Photo Challenge: FERN

One of my granddaughters has Fern as her second name and I have been trying to crochet some fern fronds to decorate a birthday card for her. I’m also wondering about using them for appliqué on a knitted jacket.

Here are my trial runs:

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Not quite there yet. I used Lucy’s pattern as a starting point, but wanted to include a curl at the top. Rainbow Jane has a lovely picture of this on her FERN photo challenge entry.

I’m thinking they would be even better made in fine crochet cotton, I hope I can find the right colour – the right shade of green can be tricky to find.

Ferns seem to be growing in with my orchids, spores must be in the orchid compost. I used one of the leaves to see what effect it would have on my dyed paper – subtle, but I like it.

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More ferns in a doodled mandala I drew when I was learning from Alisa Burke’s Online Mandala Workshop. With my granddaughter’s second name in mind I drew this mandala for her, with fern fronds at the centre.

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I have no idea of its name but I love its delicate cascade.

Do you have any photos of ferns you would like to enter in our Photo Challenge this week? Just leave a link in the comments.

Also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge with his prompt words of

LIGHTNING and RAIN

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Next Week’s Photo Prompt

FRIVOLOUS

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Photo Challenge Round Up: PATH

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Another sort of path

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I walked the Seaton Labyrinth in Devon with a couple of friends last year. It sits atop a hill overlooking the sea – glorious views on a sunny day.

Jane at Rainbow Junkie……. ……………..dappled light

Cathy at Nanacathy…….. ……. …………….to church

💜 me at Wild Daffodil……… ………stepping stones

💜 Cathy at Rambling in the Garden …… …changes

💜 Denis at Haiku Hound…….. ……….. ….     steep!

💜 Roz at Umpteen Things…………………..brrrrrrrr

💜 Becky at BeckyG ………… …….. ……somewhere

Christina A Look at the Little Things …….Icelandic

Dorris at Dig with Dorris ………… ….hyacinthoides

Ali at Thimberlina.………… …………….. ….short-cut

Del from Curls and Skirls……….. …………to Morris

Srivi at Piscean Me……………. …………….colourful

Jen at Let the Sewing Begin ………..long and short

The Purple Heart denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Please let me know if I have forgotten anyone

Thank you everyone for such a wonderful selection of Paths.

And a late entry – my sister sent me a picture of her dog on a path through the bluebellsIMG_2635

 

Next

REFLECTION

Outline

 

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when planning to paint

lift ideas from Pinterest,

paint with abandon! 

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In the absence of a light box, I stuck a slice of a blood orange to my window, showing the outline of all the little segments.

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This was inspired by seeing Claudia Horsey’s watercolour on Pinterest.

I started copying Claudia’s design, using felt tip pens and crayons, thinking I would use the drawing to make a greetings card.image.jpeg I liked the effect so much, I went out and bought some citrus fruits to do a design of my own

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which gave me an idea…..I had fun playing around ….image.jpeg

adding pen outlines and then shading with colouring pencils ….image.jpegimage.jpeg

which turned out to be a very relaxing way to doodle.

Joining in with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, prompt words: LIFT and PLAN

The two sentences work like this:

when planning to paint, lift ideas from Pinterest

lift ideas from Pinterest, paint with abandon

With the opposing ideas of planning and not planning.

Also entering our Weekly Photo Challenge, see PAGE for details

Next week the Photo Prompt is:

SPRING