stamp a mandala

As you may know, I have been working in my art journal every week using Daisy Yellow's Daily Paper Prompts. The prompts have been so inspirational to me and a great place to start.

Isn't that always the hardest part -starting?

Well, this prompt was called "stamp a mandala". Of course I had heard of mandalas before but was not really sure of their meaning and I was curious. With a quick Google search (our current day encyclopedia!) I came up with this, from the mandala project.org: "The word mandala is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds."

Well, I did not go forward from that point and stamp a perfect mandala, even though I enjoyed reading about them! In my journal I started on the right side of the page spread with a very loose circle and to tell you the truth, I really liked it better that way.

This was before I added any color to it. I just wanted to get a loose circle down on paper using my Katy Widger and Too Much Fun patterning stamps. On the other side I did not think of a mandala at all, just simply using the pattern stamps. It was fun! 

When I finished stamping with permanent ink and coloring in with watercolor crayons on both sides it looked like this . . . .

My positive affirmation is handwritten on the petals of the yellow flower on the left. It reads, "I attract that which I am". 

I've created a short animoto slideshow video which will take you through the process from start to finish in 2 minutes! http://animoto.com/play/ihnjY7cPkkXGMlxcoRhr9A

 -thanks for stopping by! 

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