Mandalas in progress

Here is some of that coloring in I have been doing.

These four images illustrate that you can convert a diagram into something ‘artistic’ with only a handful of colored pencils or Texta or Crayola markers.

Mandala 7 - Texta markers
Mandala 7 – Texta markers

 

Some advice if you choose to work with markers, as I did for Mandala 7. Start coloring with the lighter colors. I did the pink stars and the light blue and violet spaces between the circles first, before I started on the dark blue.

Place a sheet of paper underneath the sheet you’re working on to stop the markers spoiling the next diagram in the book, and use another sheet as a hand guard to prevent smudging.

 

 

Mandala 9 - Derwent Studio colored pencils
Mandala 9 – Derwent Studio colored pencils

 

 

Mandala 9 is composed of relatively large elements, making it the easiest mandala in the books to color in. I’m exploring some warm earth tones with this one, using 6 different colored pencils.

 

 

 

 

 

Mandala 8 - Derwent Studio colored pencils
Mandala 8 – Derwent Studio colored pencils

 

 

 

In Mandala 8 I thought I’d see what could be done with two colors.

 

 

 

 

 

Mandala 4 Derwent Artist colored pencils
Mandala 4 Derwent Artist colored pencils

 

I started on Mandala 4 with Derwent Artist colored pencils – I confess that I have quite a collection of colored pencils.

In this one, I have employed 4 different colors. I use a separate sheet of paper as a hand guard when working with colored pencils as well. Not with the intention of preventing smudging of the colors but as a way of preventing oil from my hands marking the paper – something I learnt when studying pencil drawing.

 

 

Get yourself a coloring book and spend some relaxing hours adding color to your day.

Thanks for dropping by, Peter.