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Making Mandala's (A Tale of Glitter and Glue! )

"Back on its golden hinges, the gate of memory swings, and my heart goes into the garden, and walks with the olden things." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I was just going through some old discs when I found some photos of a forgotten project. It was about ten years ago that I got lost in for a couple of days in the making of these mandala's.

I started with 4 pieces of hardboard cut to 12 inches by 12 inches square, which I then painted with an undercoat and left to dry. While they were drying I raided the kitchen cupboard for some round things in a variety of sizes, I think I ended up with assorted small plates, a can of tomatoes and a small lid borrowed from a bottle of vitamins.

I carefully carried my haul back to my desk and with my various 'circles' a soft pencil and a ruler, I set about making my designs.

I tried pretty much to go with my first attempts, as too many alterations could start to make my nice white squares look grey and confusing.

So after I had completed the first design I was hooked! I still had other ideas that I wanted to try, so moved quickly on to the next. By the end of the afternoon I had all four pencilled out designs.

The next morning I began to fill in the flat colour, I worked on all four at once to save on brush washing between colours.

I had no plan in mind just kept working with a quite basic colour scheme so that all looked right together. Once the base colours were finished, I added some shading and texture with pastels.

Then came the messy bit! I have never quite got over my childhood obsession with glitter and sparkly things.

So with my pots of glitter in a multitude of colours, lined up in front of me and the little round mirrors (three of them have a mirror in their centre) layed out on the newspaper covering my desk - I reached for the glue!

Much later, there before me, were four beautiful sparkly squares, and they and my glue and glitter covered self! were finished.

I eventually turned them all diagonally and hung all four on my bedroom wall as shown in the main picture.

They are now languishing in a box somewhere but it is nice to remember the fun I had on the day - and the clean up operation afterwards. :-)

" lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Jan Coll said...

Oh Susannah .... your mandalas are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing them with us. The colours really work so well together. You are a true artist and I love the way you described how you created your masterpiece. I ache to think of your mandalas being hidden away ... but then again... they are now displayed on the wall of your blog! If we have any more treasures like that ... please let us see them. Love Jan

Susannah said...

Hello Jan and thanks for your lovely comment.

You have made me feel much better about the mandala's being tucked away in a box (along with so many other things!), for as you say, they are now being displayed on this blog.

Thanks for that thought and for dropping in, it is much appreciated. :-)

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