Today we made flower mandalas
Little Miss M aged 4, with Granny taking orders and happy to be the artist’s assistant.
Master R, who wanted to make an edible mandala
Miss E, aged 9
Joining in with Cathy and the international Monday Garden Party that is ‘In a Vase on Monday’.
Taken on the Isle of Skye in 2006, it is the photo that starts the Youtube clip at the end of the post.
So exciting to put this fabulous collection together – Winter photos with stories (and Haikus) to go with them:
Rainbow Jane: tracery and reflections
NanaCathy: powerful, with poetry
Melissa: swan lake and more than one haiku
Me: nature’s glitter, with haiku.
Rosalind: Mediterranean Winter
Roz: Gypsy Caravan in gorgeous setting and haiku
Cathy: beauty caught before it disappeared, with haiku.
Denis: Australian saunter with haiku
Jen: elegant birch
Ali at Thimberlina: joy and munching
Christina at ALookattheLittlethings: good neighbours
Dorris: the glisten of morning sunlight
12 great entries, with 4 of us also linking in Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge
Thank you so much everyone for joining in and making this such a fun thing to do – if I have missed anyone please shout out!
Appropriately we have had a wonderful week of Winterwatch on the BBC
which you can still catch on iPlayer, just click on the link above.
I have been having a tidy up on the computer and came across this little slideshow of a beach mandala, gently transformed by the tide, that I made on the Isle of Skye about 10 years ago, a very timely find – hope you enjoy it.
Seen on the Painting Experience’s Facebook Page
So that’s why I feel the need to put petals on twigs ……. and other stuff like this
Dipping my toe in, I have started with Alisa Burke’s mini-tutorial entitled Mandala Magic.
Alisa has a very distinct style and at first I thought my mandalas would turn out looking like hers, but no – not at all – I immediately went off in my own style adding colour from the start. The course provides some wonderful prompts and is hugely inspiring. I’ve started in a small ring bound 6″ square sketch book, so that I can carry it around easily and doodle in odd moments.
I had Miss E and Little Bro here this week. We were mainly in the garden, but needing to dodge the showers we retreated to Pippin (my little caravan in the garden) and did some mandala drawing together.
and because Miss E enjoyed drawing a mandala so much and has a birthday coming up soon I have made her a card that she can continue to embellish herselfAnother experiment for the Etsy shop me thinks – maybe others would enjoy colouring this pattern as well, you never know!
We’ve just had our last of 3 Arty Crafty Workshops in Winfrith.
The theme of the afternoon was Messy Play and Sticky Fingers, so lots of paint and glue, tearing and sticking and splodging!
As a focus I chose a floor mandala – 6 large pieces of paper from the Dorset Scrapstore, held down with masking tape on the floor. And bamboo sticks with foam on the ends as paint brushes.
The idea was to feel free to make a mess without being able to be too precise – emphasis on play.
first marks being made
painting with toes
more to follow …….