Lesson I in Mandala's and Doodles
Item one: establish a boundary, a frame in which to compile your work. You can always go over the boundary, its always a nice touch for a piece to flow past its edges. But for this movement to take place a visual stage must be created. I prefer squares and circles, 6" and smaller for doodles, exploratory sketches and themes. Sometimes I set this boundary as a hard black line, or in pencil knowing I will want to cross over the edge. Use a compass or ruler to create an accurate edge, or free hand for a free flowing flare. I prefer to use a compass when creating circles. Keep in mind, the more accurate the foundation, the more balanced the piece will be.
|My tools, a pencil, triangle, compass and a sharpie is in the background.|
Item two: breakdown the shape, the boundary into small geometries. Think in portions driven by three and odd numbers. Odd numbers create an asymmetry which gives movement to a piece, and the gold ratio is the idea division of space that is most pleasing to the eye per the ancient Greeks. This idea is carried through in today's art and great architectural masterpieces. I don't always measure out the proportions, but will eyeballs them, using my eyes to find the balance and movement which this rule creates. Just a side note, snowflakes upon examination have 6 points.
|Try dividing the circle in 30 and 60 degree pie pieces|
|Mix up the shapes that are created, the can fill the page in many ways.|
Item three: fill in the voids with curves, patterns and connecting lines. I like to set-up a little legend to the side of shapes, lines and patterns to use within the mandala's. Sometimes I will just play with what can go in the shapes. Sometimes I place sketches of flowers or planets or Kari things within the shapes. The options are endless. I recommend you explore the images, patterns and icons that are within your imagination and dreamscape. What is in your legend, your tool kit of parts that make up your creative expression? I know I have my go to shapes, hearts, stars, the sun and leaves.
|Use my shapes above and set up your own and please share them with me!!|
|What inspires you, nature, a memory, a favorite place, what theme runs in your life?|
|Draw over the piece with ink and then erase the pencil. I will go over this more in lesson II.|