Monday, April 15, 2013

Mandala Design

Hello everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.   The snow & ice we had late last week has all melted again and Spring is trying to come back.   Yay! 

I still have more designs using the fabulous new Indian designs by Chocolate Baroque.   Today I have a Mandala created with images from Indian Textiles.   My creative Aunt Saakje introduced me to Mandalas many years ago.  She creates the most beautiful designs in needlework without patterns - amazing & inspiring work!

While this isn't as symmetrical as I wanted, it is bright & again I had fun using these fabulous stamps.

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I created the background by spraying Pink Dylusions Ink, spritzed with water & blotted.  I blended Peacock Feathers Distress Ink around the parameter once it was dry.   After drawing lines from corner to corner  I stamped the main image four times with black Stazon ink.     I stamped a small flower from Indian Textiles with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink between the main images.

I bleached the main images and then coloured with Dylusion inks using a fine point water barrel brush.  I spent some time with black pigment & white Gellyroll pens to highlight.  I found the outlining relaxing & meditative which creating Mandalas should be.     I edged the background with a Gold Leaf pen.  I added lots of rhinestones and the metal center piece to finish the design.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


maria's knutselplezier said...

Great card Shirley, I love your colors and design!!!

Have a wonderful day,I hope spring is in Canada too!!!


Darnell said...

Another fantastic card, Shirley! I can see you inherited your Aunt's awesome artistic and creative talent! I sure hope Spring gets a firm foothold this time!!

Patricia said...

This is realey BEAUTIFULL!!!
GREAT colours!
Greetz Patricia

froebelsternchen said...

just AMAZING! I really love this design!

unique Shirley.. you have an awesome and unique STYLE!

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Very expressive colours, Shirley, great!

kind regards, Alie :-)

Sophie said...

Guten Morgen...
das ist wunderschön, Shirley, ich liebe deine Indischen Impressionen.
Ich liebe die Farben und Stempel.

Umarmung von Sophie xx

Gerrina said...

So inventiv! Love the colours and the way you used the stamp! Hugs, Gerrina

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow this is stunning Shirley, the background colour is so vibrant and colourful and the mandalas really pop from the page. The mental embellishment in the middle fits with the theme so well. I love it.

Glad your snow has dissapeared and it's beginning to feel more like spring for you. We had beuatiful sunshine yesterday, and so far today. Let hope that it keeps it up now.

Sue x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW what a powerful explosion of colours, love the exquisite stamping and the brilliant coloring.

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

What a fantadtic splah of colors Shirley. Love the colors and this mandela. Very beautiful
lovely greet and hugs

Felicie said...

Absolutely stunning Shirley.I love the colours a lot.

Paula (PEP) said...

Glad that you've got Spring coming finally. Your positioning looks superb & I love that tone on tone stamping between your coloured motifs. The metal centrepiece echoes your gold edging beautifully & I just gasp when I see how you use colour - as I've said before - your matting always adds 'some thing' to your design so as to make the impact even stronger. A delicious creation - this is better than dessert for me!
Paula (PEP)

Colleen Dietrich said...

My goodness, Shirley, this is GORGEOUS! The colors, the placement of everything, all the work you did to achieve's glorious.

Glad to hear your ice and snow is melted. Maybe you'll see spring soon!

Di said...

Wow Shirley this is amazing - you are so talented. Just love the vibrant colours Di xx

Janny Jager said...

Beautiful Shirley and i love the colors and stamps.

Greetings Janny

Ellen Taylor said...

Wow Shirley! So beautiful! I can see how that would be relaxing to do all that highlighting! Stunning colors and design. Hope it keeps on melting!!!

Nan G said...

Wow! Gorgeous! At first I thought you were using a piece of cloth in your card. Wonderful design and colors.

Wendy said...

Beautiful design and colours Shirley! You must have spent hours colouring it... xxxx

Karin said...

Stunning, love the colorcombination!
Groetjes karin x

Janny's Cards Creations said...

Wow. what a great colors and lovely design. Greetings Janny

Shannon White said...

Wowie!! Gorgeous Gorgeous Shirley!! Love the Pretty vibrant colors and your Wonderful design too! 8-)