I finished mandala number two for Dion Dior's Mastering Twinks workshop, and yes, it is definitely rounder! I slowed down quite a bit during the drawing process and eyeballed the intervals between sections a little more carefully. I avoided the temptation to use a ruler, and I'm much happier with my latest attempt.
I used Winsor and Newton watercolors in quinacrodone gold and perylene maroon to paint the background.
I let it dry, and then sprayed with matte fixative to keep from reactivating the watercolors when I painted the design with the Twinkling H2Os (twinks). I penciled in the design first, and went over it with a black Sakura Pigma Micron pen, size 05. Next, I began adding color with the twinks. I used nutmeg for the first section, and shaded it with chestnut.
I painted the center star in Mediterranean blue and the points in between in golden opal. Over top of the brown section, I used deep coral and shaded with poppy red.
The next teardrop shapes were painted in golden opal, deep coral, and nutmeg. I painted the small circles with Mediterranean blue.
Going back to the center, I painted the sections around the golden opal points with poppy red. I wanted the white areas to be really bright, so I started with a layer of titanium white Golden fluid acrylic. After it dried, I painted over those sections with the twinks in heavenly white. I added another row of deep coral teardrops.
I shaded inside of the row of deep coral teardrops with strokes of poppy red. Then I added more strokes of color to the outside sections.
Using a white gelly roll pen, I added highlight strokes to some sections. I went over the black drawing lines again to strengthen them.
My choice of colors is giving away my excitement over our upcoming cross-country road trip. We will be returning to the Southwest, where I hope to gather more inspiration for my art from the towns and wild places of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. I'm going to be able to share more with you from the road this time. My hubby bought me a laptop so I can process my photos and share my experiences with you more easily. I'll be sharing the wildlife, the dirt and the reptiles as we go :) (Doesn't that sound delightful?) Maybe I'll even be able to share some art. Well, it's back to the drawing table for me. I hope you have a wonderful day.
Until next time,