Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Square Gets the Circle


After creating over 800 different mandalas over the course of the last three years, I've found that hands down, I prefer to do them in a book or block that allows me to fold the cover back. This allows me to easily spin the book around on a table or in my hand if I'm working on my lap. (Spinning the book allows me to work a little more evenly on the design.)

Clairefontaine Watercolor

The Clairefontaine square spiral bound watercolor book shown above is one of the most perfect products I've yet to find that suits all of my needs. The paper is glorious and readily accept watercolors, markers, pen & ink....

Mandala Class

The square Clairefontaine book is also the one that participants in my Mandala Workshops used at the Rhythm Renewal this past summer.

Toys & tools of the trade

Fabriano makes a square artist journal called the Quadrato but unless I'm working on a flat surface, (which is hardly ever) I find it very awkward to use. Though I can't fold the cover back on any of these, I actually like the large Artist's Journal better than the small or the square.

Full Bleed Mandala

Showing the laid surface from the Quadrato journal.


Anne-Sophie said...

No matter what medium you use, your mandalas are beautiful.
I am especially drawn to the flower mandalas, they bring as much peace as beauty to my eyes and soul.

The intellectual side of the brain is attracted to your dis-constructed mandalas. They remind me of Dali's work.

You are a great artist and an inspiration. :)

molly z. said...

I love using square note/sketch books for drawing mandalas. I often modify spiral bound ones by marking a line on the cover to make a square and a long rectangle (an 8.5 x 11 makes an 8" sq and a 3" x 8" testing pad) clamping each half and cutting with a box-cutter and clipping the wire with wire-cutters. This way I can use any type paper from the art store. Sometimes I get the glued-edge pads wire bound and then cut them.
Love your reviews, as you try out things I would like.
Thanks - moll z.

Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith said...

Anne-Sophie, Thank you so very much for your kind words. It makes me very happy that you find inspiration through my work.

Molly - great idea cutting down your own pads! Tip - use a pair of pliers to fold a little crimp in the wire so it doesn't scratch you. And a big thank you for finding my reviews helpful. Happy Holidays!

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