January 2, 2013

Circle Mandelas



I was in need of a color fix.  I spotted this drawing and pinned it months ago.  Thought it looked like fun.



Used my cool compass and made a bunch of random arcs.



Played with all kinds of color-combinations.  Enhanced the mandelas with my sharpie poster paints by applying dots.  Lots….of….Dots. 



I don’t think I’ve ever drawn so many circles in my life.  Dot circles…Outlined circles…Big and Little circles.  Tiny circle dots inside of small circles dots.  It was a Circle Circus!



As much as I would’ve preferred to showcase my 2 favorite colors (red & green).  I knew that it needed more character. 

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Don’t look too closely….some of the lines aren’t closed and it’s not perfectly colored in.  This is where digital drawing would have it’s advantages!   But it works!

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And….I kind of like it!

34 comments:

jinxxxygirl said...

You might like it but i LOVE it! I just drool over all those details. Marvelous! Hugs! deb

JP said...

I love everything about this! You are amazing.
Happy New Year!

Peggy said...

Gorgeous work--love it!

Stephanie said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! I love them.

Janet said...

You like it??? I absolutely LOVE it!

Eden said...

Thank YOU Deb, JP, Peggy, Stephanie and Janet! My color-girls :D

mrsdbvz said...

Wow! It's beautyfull!!

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS!! Such detail! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!
TFS
Grandma Nancy Sapp

Leah said...

I would LOVE to know what markers you used besides the Sharpie ones?
Does the sharpie poster pens have that sharpie oder?

I would love to hear back from you.

Leahhers@yahoo.com

Trece said...

This is spectacular!! It inspires me to try it, also!! Thanks!

Boo said...

This is just amazing!!!

Eden said...

@mrsdbvz @Nancy @Trece @Boo- Thanks for your kind comments :D

@Leah- Try the Bic Mark-it fine points (inexpensive), and fabercastell pit pens (they have a bunch of different colors and different Nib sizes.)....I always use the Black Faber Castell's for outlining....I should really do a post on this....Great Question! Hope this helps :D

Emma Grace Anthony said...

You are so talented! Every little detail is so precise and beautiful and when it all comes together it looks exquisite! I love your art and all the colors are the perfect shades spread between patters, it truly does look beautiful! Great Job!!! Have a great 2013

Rae McCurdy said...

Your color scheme is wonderful, it's very cheerful. The Mandela's are great!!

Jennifer said...

THIS IS AMAZING!!! I just borrowed a zentangle doodle book from the library and this just sparked me into gear....love love love!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing this amazing work of art!!!

Eden said...

@Emma- thanks so much for your encouragement and kind words!! I'm smiling here :D

@Rae- I appreciate you taking the time to comment! Welcome :D

@Jennifer- you will love doodling and zentangling! Appreciate your kind words :D

Alice said...

this is pretty amazing! i saw it in genevieve's round-up and will definitely be giving this a try!

Margaret Bremner said...

This is quite stunning, love the colors! And it's done by hand; I like that. Great work... I mean play! :)

Eden said...

@Alice- thanks for your kind comments and I hope you stop back by :D

@Margaret- Thank You too for your kind words....And Yes I love to work by hand :D

taz said...

this blows my mind! it's exactly the type of work i do. or i shouldn't say work, it's just what i like to do to relax. this is the most beautiful piece. i absolutely love it! thanks so much for the post. I will refer to this for ideas.

Eden said...

@Taz- thanks for your kind comments, please come back :D

LesleeP said...

I never can write get the colors right and now I have a great example. Thanks so much.

Eden said...

@Leslee- thanks! I like shades of the same and opposing colors on the color wheel.

stefanie stark said...

Oh wow, these mandalas look beautiful and I am so impressed! A wonderful inspiration! Many many thanks! Stefanie

Eden said...

Thanks Stefanie :D

Margaret Ann said...

Magnificent...:)

Margaret Ann said...

Magnificent!!!!!!

Eden said...

Thanks Margaret Ann :D

Jacqueline Udosen said...

I just found your blog by accident and Wow!! I am sooo impressed :O) it has inspired me to do some more Zentangles and use colour. Quick question - what kind of paper do you use?

Eden said...

Thanks Jacqueline for stopping by and commenting. To answer your question about paper....I always do my marker work on moleskine watercolor paper. It's the thickest paper moleskine sells and it doesn't bleed thru. Good luck and enjoy :)

Anonymous said...

I love them!!!! So beautiful. Design wise and color choices. Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing . I really admire your work!!

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I am drooling with envy over this... I wish I could have your talent!! Amazing job!!!

GeorgiaGina said...

Wow, Wow, Wow....absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

Adriane said...

Splendid! I am speakless!!!!

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