LIVE! How to Create Mandalas for Cards – Part 2

August 21, 2016
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It's time to finish the Mandala I started on the previous Drama-free Friday LIVE stream. This is where the magic happens! First, let's do a quick review. I began with Watercolor Paper and very light washes of acrylic paint. To lay out the Mandala, I began with horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines to find the exact center of the watercolor square. Next, I added a series of concentric circles with my Quick Bow Compass. These guidelines assist the creation of the Mandala in pencil before going over it with a Gelly Roll Pen. I add color with Inktense Pencils and a Water Brush.

During the LIVE stream I finished adding the color with the Inktense pencils. Now for the magic! My favorite magic “icing” tools are Colored Gelly Roll Pens and Metallic Glitter Gelly Roll Pens and a White Gelly Roll Pen and a Black Gelly Roll Pen and a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen and Posca Paint Pens. Whew! That's a a lot of favorite pens, but it's just the truth. They are all my favorites!

Once the pen work is finished and dried, I like to cut out the Mandala, ink around the edge and add it to a colored square of cardstock. To do this, I use 1/4″ Scor Tape. I like this strong tape because the watercolor paper tends to warp a bit and this tape ensures a flat application. I ink the edges of the square cardstock and then tape it on to a Square Card Base. I like to ink the edges of the card base, too.

Sign and date it and it's ready for someone special!

If you'd like to share your Mandalas with me, please tweet your photos @BarbOwenDesigns. I'd LOVE to see them!

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Barb Owen

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Barb Owen

Barb is the founder of How to Get Creative, author of "Normal Doesn't Live Here Anymore", a specialist at playing in the art studio and has an unhealthy addiction to smiles. ;-)

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