Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Broken Arrow Mandala

Broken Arrow Mandala

After recently participating in an arrow breaking exercise, I felt compelled to create a piece of art to signify this experience. Created on 22x30" handmade (Punjab) rough watercolor paper, the background was created first with acrylic paints and only a foam roller. Next I blocked in the colors and shapes with additional acrylic paints- then added the next to last step with black acrylic gesso. Lastly, the white details were added with a gel ink pen. Piece was then sealed with acrylic spray.

I created this video to show the various stages of progress on this piece. The music was composed by me using GarageBand.


Anonymous said...

Stumbling across this blog was the first time I'd ever even heard of mandala art, but now I love it! Your work is amazing and inspirational, and if you have any advice or tips on how to get started they would be greatly appreciated, thankyou (I am currently reading through some of your posts so if you want you could just direct me to the relevant ones)
Also, any pointers on the best materials to use? I live in England so some of the stuff in your posts is unavailable unfortunately, but still all advice is appreciated.
(and I apologise if you just find this incredibly irritating...)

Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith said...

Dear Anon.... you made me laugh out loud with the apology "if you just find this incredibly irritating... For some reason I felt like you were channeling Douglas Adams. :o)

Re: Making Mandala Art. I do what I do because it's a way for me to tune out, tune in, reflect, feel good. It's never really been about the art except maybe now that I have some of these pieces for sale, it is a little more about the art than it used to be.

If you want to make them, you are already 90% there. You just need to sit down and do it. I tell people in my workshops the key to success at this concept (making mandalas to assist in personal growth) is to suspend any expectations on what the final piece will look like.

It's like that old bit, "It's about the destination, not the journey." Make them in any way that seems right to you. There is no wrong way.

If you get sincerely stuck, I do offer private coaching (Via Skype) to assist you with the process. My goal is to help empower others to create without judgement, and to utilize their creativity to transform & grow into the best person you can be. :o) Cheers!

As for materials, I encourage people to utilize any materials that feel good in the hand. This is something you want to feel comfortable with from all angles. If you like pencils, use a pencil. Markers, paint brushes.... Just start by finding one thing that you like to use and go from there. I think you should be able to find Faber Castel products in the UK... try their Pitt Artist Pens. I like them very much.

Anonymous said...

thankyou for all the advice, it really helped! (and I do love Douglas Adams!)

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