My painting/coloring progress for today:
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On Sunday, August 6, I played with watercolors by wetting the surface and then dabbing in colors with a wet watercolor brush to see what happens as the colors bled, spread, pooled, and mixed with each other. A dear friend calls this style of painting “Happenings” because you never know what’s going to happen.
Image #1 shows the mandala from that day (blues, greens, purples). For the background I added dry watercolors (dark red, dark blue, dark green), coloring them around the background. Adding the water turned the background into a rich charcoal color. Why not use black? Black tends to look flat. Better to mix darker colors to make black.
With all the dark colors, I needed to brighten it up a bit so I decided to accentuate the patterns that dried into the mandala. As I began using the gel pens and looking for the shapes that already existed in the mandala, I noticed a few heart shapes. The more I outlined them, the more I saw. That was a nice surprise.
When I finished coloring the inside mandala, the background needed something. I then saw the copper-color spirals in my head and opted to follow through. It gives it a cool, energetic boost.
I believe the universe wants us to know that It loves and supports us. This mandala reminds us that we can tap into that energy at any time.
About the Mandalas of the Day: