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1. The colours you're NOT working with have NO place on your table.  Put them away, or you may grab a wrong colour.

2. Always test your colours on a little piece of paper before using them on your board.

3. With complicated colour schemes, do yourself a big favour and write down your numbers (or colour names) on a little piece of scrap paper.

4. Never start a complicated movement or colouring job when you can't finish it (like just before going to bed or leaving for work).

5. Try to make your movements over the board , or paper, in one sitting.  If you stop and come back the next day, either you will hold your pen in a different manner, or your movements will not have the necessary fluent strokes.

6. Do NOT make any big decisions about which way your drawing will go, just before going to bed. Sleep on it, and make those decisions with a fresh head, and teh actual time to apply what you're seeing.

7. Don't make a trial movement on your original work. Use scrap paper. Test it, the movement, or your colour scheme, before applying it for real.

8.  Once your put your pen, or marker, on paper and make an actual stroke, you're engaged.  You will have to finish what you started.

9. Do not EVER eat chocolat or licorice over your work. Or candy. Or anything. You may drool.  Plus your hands get dirty.

10. NO coffee or other drinks even remotely close to your work.

11.  After doing the dishes, make sure your sleeves are DRY before heading back to work. You WILL smudge your work.

12. After eating, go wash your hands. Anything coloured, or sticky, WILL smudge your work.

13. If you have a dog that likes jumping up to you, always check if you're alone.  If not, lift your pen slightly OFF the board, so you can't
accidentally put a mark where it doesn't belong.

14. If you're heavily relying on one particular colour in your work, make sure you have an extra marker. You do NOT want to run out with not a way in days to obtain a replacement.

15. If you're not sure your marker will last, and you have for instance 24 circles that need colouring, do not start at nr 1, then 2, then 3.  Instead, try to divide your work.  Skip one.  Or do three, then skip three.  Or do four, then skip four.  That way, your work will always end up even, and you could use another colour in what you skipped. Your work will still be balanced out, no matter what colour you use.

16.  A mistake is annoying, but it is NOT the end of the world, NOR the end of your artwork. A mistake is often less noticeable than you think. Try to work with your mistakes.  Make one, see if it is possible to put the same mistake, on purpose, in all your other shapes over the board.  That way, they will all still look the same.  Sometimes, it may shape your artwork in a unplanned manner, and make it actually better, or different, than you may have intended, but is often actually a positive change. One that would have never been able to sprout from your brain, so you may surprise yourself.  Also, always remember two things. First, your working traditional. It's not supposed to be prefect like a computerized mandala may be. That's the charm of traditional work. The second is the Amish.  They will often put in one mistake or imperfection in their work. Because they consider only God is perfect.   

17. When you prep your board with your compass and ruler, do not forget that being slightly off in the centre, may actually cause a quite wide gap at the outside.  A hair length in the middle may cause a half an inch difference at the outside of your circle, so always take your time and measure carefully. 

18. Don't skip over prepping (like get somebody else to lay down the pencil version of your circle) for it's really important you learn how your prep work influences the success of your mandala.  Be responsible for the whole thing from start to finish, and you'll feel even more proud of your accomplishment.  Also, you will learn how, with your prep work, you influence the shape of the whole circle.  Wide spaces, or tiny spaces between circles?  Think about it.

19.  In the end, you're ever only as good as your last circle. While at the same time..

20.  Don't worry too much about the outcome of your work.  What matters most is the actual making of it.  The time you spend, and your intention. It's nice to finish a mandala, and have it look good.  And get comments or thumbs ups or compliments about your work.  But in the end, it matters not.  Ever seen the monks make sand mandalas?  They spend days, if not weeks, meticulously putting down sand in the most beautiful intricate shapes.  After they finish, they look at it, stand around it, and with ceremony, swipe their hands through their just finished work.  Scooping up all the coloured sand, mixing it together until it loses their shapes, their colour and their shine.  And.. the result is gone, for it no longer matters. That is a mandala.

20 Lessons learned making traditional Mandalas
After making a crucial mistake this morning (like grabbing the WRONG colour marker) Argh!  I wrote this. Hope this helps others :)
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20 Lessons learned making traditional Mandalas

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 30, 2014, 6:55 AM
1. The colours you're NOT working with have NO place on your table.  Put them away, or you may grab a wrong colour.

2. Always test your colours on a little piece of paper before using them on your board.

3. With complicated colour schemes, do yourself a big favour and write down your numbers (or colour names) on a little piece of scrap paper.

4. Never start a complicated movement or colouring job when you can't finish it (like just before going to bed or leaving for work).

5. Try to make your movements over the board , or paper, in one sitting.  If you stop and come back the next day, either you will hold your pen in a different manner, or your movements will not have the necessary fluent strokes.

6. Do NOT make any big decisions about which way your drawing will go, just before going to bed. Sleep on it, and make those decisions with a fresh head, and the actual time to apply what you're seeing.

7. Don't make a trial movement on your original work. Use scrap paper. Test it, the movement, or your colour scheme, before applying it for real.

8.  Once your put your pen, or marker, on paper and make an actual stroke, you're engaged.  You will have to finish what you started.

9. Do not EVER eat chocolat or licorice over your work. Or candy. Or anything. You may drool.  Plus your hands get dirty.

10. NO coffee or other drinks even remotely close to your work.

11.  After doing the dishes, make sure your sleeves are DRY before heading back to work. You WILL smudge your work.

12. After eating, go wash your hands. Anything coloured, or sticky, WILL smudge your work.

13. If you have a dog that likes jumping up to you, always check if you're alone.  If not, lift your pen slightly OFF the board, so you can't accidentally put a mark where it doesn't belong.

14. If you're heavily relying on one particular colour in your work, make sure you have an extra marker. You do NOT want to run out with not a way in days to obtain a replacement.

15. If you're not sure your marker will last, and you have for instance 24 circles that need colouring, do not start at nr 1, then 2, then 3.  Instead, try to divide your work.  Skip one.  Or do three, then skip three.  Or do four, then skip four.  That way, your work will always end up even, and you could use another colour in what you skipped. Your work will still be balanced out, no matter what colour you use.

16.  A mistake is annoying, but it is NOT the end of the world, NOR the end of your artwork. A mistake is often less noticeable than you think. Try to work with your mistakes.  Make one, see if it is possible to put the same mistake, on purpose, in all your other shapes over the board.  That way, they will all still look the same.  Sometimes, it may shape your artwork in a unplanned manner, and make it actually better, or different, than you may have intended, but is often actually a positive change. One that would have never been able to sprout from your brain, so you may surprise yourself.  Also, always remember two things. First, your working traditional. It's not supposed to be prefect like a computerized mandala may be. That's the charm of traditional work. The second is the Amish.  They will often put in one mistake or imperfection in their work. Because they consider only God is perfect.   

17. When you prep your board with your compass and ruler, do not forget that being slightly off in the centre, may actually cause a quite wide gap at the outside.  A hairlength in the middle may cause a half an inch difference at the outside of your circle, so always take your time and measure carefully. 

18. Don't skip over prepping (like get somebody else to lay down the pencil version of your circle) for it's really important you learn how your prep work influences the success of your mandala.  Be responsible for the whole thing from start to finish, and you'll feel even more proud of your accomplishment.  Also, you will learn how, with your prep work, you influence the shape of the whole circle.  Wide spaces, or tiny spaces between circles?  Think about it.

19.  In the end, you're ever only as good as your last circle. While at the same time..

20.  Don't worry too much about the outcome of your work.  What matters most is the actual making of it.  The time you spend, and your intention. It's nice to finish a mandala, and have it look good.  And get comments or thumbs ups or compliments about your work.  But in the end, it matters not.  Ever seen the monks make sand mandalas?  They spend days, if not weeks, meticulously putting down sand in the most beautiful intricate shapes.  After they finish, they look at it, stand around it, and with ceremony, swipe their hands through their just finished work.  Scooping up all the coloured sand, mixing it together until it loses their shapes, their colour and their shine.  And.. the result is gone, for it no longer matters. That is a mandala.




Huge Mandala3 by Lou-in-Canada
Huge Mandala3
Drawn with a micron pen and coloured with Prismacolor- Copic- and Pro-markers 
Detail pictures of the Christmas balls later, gotta go to work now :(

ETA: What do you reckon, is it too busy, or do you like it?  So, what happened with this one is, I started on the outside, doing all the Christmas balls.  (Had fun with that, decorating them all.  Still a few more to finish, but I sorta went out of ideas so I will have to give that a few days, to see if I can continue, or will have to leave it as is. ) Then came the centre. So that was still fine. But then... came the idea for the rest of the circle, and suddenly it evolved into something different, and moe busy, than I had initially intended. 
In my own opinion, the mandala as it is, copuld have stood on its own, without the outside border decorations.

Anyway, just curious if anybody still likes this, or is it a `wasted`one? 
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Collab with ordoab by Lou-in-Canada
Collab with ordoab
Thank you so much ordoab :iconordoab: for allowing me to incorporate your beautiful artwork into my huge mandala 3.  This is what I made of it, hope you like it! :)  I started of adhering to your colours, then in the end had to divert to connect it back to the rest of the circle. Now I have to finish the rest of that, still lots to do :D

here is ordoab`s original artwork:
abstract fantasy140 by ordoab
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1. The colours you're NOT working with have NO place on your table.  Put them away, or you may grab a wrong colour.

2. Always test your colours on a little piece of paper before using them on your board.

3. With complicated colour schemes, do yourself a big favour and write down your numbers (or colour names) on a little piece of scrap paper.

4. Never start a complicated movement or colouring job when you can't finish it (like just before going to bed or leaving for work).

5. Try to make your movements over the board , or paper, in one sitting.  If you stop and come back the next day, either you will hold your pen in a different manner, or your movements will not have the necessary fluent strokes.

6. Do NOT make any big decisions about which way your drawing will go, just before going to bed. Sleep on it, and make those decisions with a fresh head, and teh actual time to apply what you're seeing.

7. Don't make a trial movement on your original work. Use scrap paper. Test it, the movement, or your colour scheme, before applying it for real.

8.  Once your put your pen, or marker, on paper and make an actual stroke, you're engaged.  You will have to finish what you started.

9. Do not EVER eat chocolat or licorice over your work. Or candy. Or anything. You may drool.  Plus your hands get dirty.

10. NO coffee or other drinks even remotely close to your work.

11.  After doing the dishes, make sure your sleeves are DRY before heading back to work. You WILL smudge your work.

12. After eating, go wash your hands. Anything coloured, or sticky, WILL smudge your work.

13. If you have a dog that likes jumping up to you, always check if you're alone.  If not, lift your pen slightly OFF the board, so you can't
accidentally put a mark where it doesn't belong.

14. If you're heavily relying on one particular colour in your work, make sure you have an extra marker. You do NOT want to run out with not a way in days to obtain a replacement.

15. If you're not sure your marker will last, and you have for instance 24 circles that need colouring, do not start at nr 1, then 2, then 3.  Instead, try to divide your work.  Skip one.  Or do three, then skip three.  Or do four, then skip four.  That way, your work will always end up even, and you could use another colour in what you skipped. Your work will still be balanced out, no matter what colour you use.

16.  A mistake is annoying, but it is NOT the end of the world, NOR the end of your artwork. A mistake is often less noticeable than you think. Try to work with your mistakes.  Make one, see if it is possible to put the same mistake, on purpose, in all your other shapes over the board.  That way, they will all still look the same.  Sometimes, it may shape your artwork in a unplanned manner, and make it actually better, or different, than you may have intended, but is often actually a positive change. One that would have never been able to sprout from your brain, so you may surprise yourself.  Also, always remember two things. First, your working traditional. It's not supposed to be prefect like a computerized mandala may be. That's the charm of traditional work. The second is the Amish.  They will often put in one mistake or imperfection in their work. Because they consider only God is perfect.   

17. When you prep your board with your compass and ruler, do not forget that being slightly off in the centre, may actually cause a quite wide gap at the outside.  A hair length in the middle may cause a half an inch difference at the outside of your circle, so always take your time and measure carefully. 

18. Don't skip over prepping (like get somebody else to lay down the pencil version of your circle) for it's really important you learn how your prep work influences the success of your mandala.  Be responsible for the whole thing from start to finish, and you'll feel even more proud of your accomplishment.  Also, you will learn how, with your prep work, you influence the shape of the whole circle.  Wide spaces, or tiny spaces between circles?  Think about it.

19.  In the end, you're ever only as good as your last circle. While at the same time..

20.  Don't worry too much about the outcome of your work.  What matters most is the actual making of it.  The time you spend, and your intention. It's nice to finish a mandala, and have it look good.  And get comments or thumbs ups or compliments about your work.  But in the end, it matters not.  Ever seen the monks make sand mandalas?  They spend days, if not weeks, meticulously putting down sand in the most beautiful intricate shapes.  After they finish, they look at it, stand around it, and with ceremony, swipe their hands through their just finished work.  Scooping up all the coloured sand, mixing it together until it loses their shapes, their colour and their shine.  And.. the result is gone, for it no longer matters. That is a mandala.

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Lou-in-Canada
Louise
Artist | Traditional Art
Canada
Avatar: my wheaten terrier, Molly. She just seems to come along wherever website I go. :) Check out both my dogs here on an old youtube account www.youtube.com/watch?v=czjFjM…

Personal Bio:
My name is Louise, and I am still a relatively new artist. I was born in The Netherlands, lived in France for 10 years, backpacked through India, Sri Lanka, and trekked in Nepal. I arrived in Canada 12 years ago, and am married to a Canadian, who often advises me on my artwork, gives me new ideas, and is really my very best critic.
We both love bird photography. We're blessed with the most beautiful birds in our backyard and close surroundings, so a camera in hand comes naturally.

Artistic Bio:
I've been posting on DA regularly for the past 2 years; photographs and traditional art. I received 4 DD's (Daily Deviations) for both categories, one of which is a depression awareness poster. Over the years I participated in the Ottawa Art s-in-the-Parc Show, sold some of my works there as well as in our local Christmas fairs. One of my earliest and prettiest works is even adorning a big dental office in town. I am feeling incredibly happy to have touched some people with my artwork, enough for them to want to look at it every day. It's a special feeling, knowing your original artwork is hanging on a wall somewhere in different places.. in Holland, Canada and the US. Inquiries for purchasing any of my original works are always welcome.

Mediums:
Two years ago, I started with acrylic paint out of pure curiosity as to the feel of it. I worked on canvasses with paint, white, silver and gold pigment ink. Then I discovered foamboard and artboard. And I went from paint to Sharpies, on to Copic-, Touch-, Pro- and Prismacolor- markers and finally moved over to Bristol (vellum) and drawing paper, and Faber-Castell Polychromos colour pencils.

Artistic vision:
I most love working tedious and intricate designs. So it wasn't long before I discovered mandala's (circles) Working on one shuts out the world, my mind goes blank, and at the same time, I become extremely alert. Drawing them is a kind of meditation, or I rather call it personal training. Sometimes, what looks like a mistake was done on purpose, and other times, a true mistake does happen and offers opportunities that I hadn't counted on but accept happily, since it ends up making the piece different and more interesting. I try to never, ever waste a sheet of paper. Mistakes or not, I will finish my circle. However, I don't post everything I make ;)
Suffering depression and anxiety, I found working with art can be a wonderful outlet.
Current addition:
Over the years I've posted so many deviations, that currently I'm in the slow process of cleaning my page and reducing my gallery to a more manageable quantity.

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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Simple Sun by uguardian
Welcome to BrightandCheerful!
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mandalapopart Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Professional Digital Artist
love your bio by the way.  The way you explain how drawing mandalas makes your mind go blank yet alert is spot on.  I too suffer from mental illness, Bi polar is mine.  I am now retired and working on mandalas daily keeps my mind sharp yet clear.  I also have a great sense of time now.  I actually look forward to getting up in the morning.  Thanks again for not only the great work, great words of inspiration, but your friendship.  Take care.  Eric
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ordoab Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the faves and the watch!!=P (Razz) 
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Myrret Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for the watch! :hug:
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
My pleasure Jane. Can't wait to see what you'll come up with next. Your artwork is gorgeous! I didn't know the Sharpies had such beautiful colours. What size paper are they on?
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Myrret Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014   General Artist
Thanks! :hug:
 
Yes, I also like the Sharpies' colors. I just wish they'd come out with a few flesh colors...

I draw on 8" x 11" marker paper. :)
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wildwanderingirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind, I see the camera info...now I need to buy myself a Nikon Coolpix!!!
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
haha.  Better hold of on that.  I'm not actually too happy with this camera.  Yes, it does take nice birdshots, but it's not actually so good with macro shots, if that's what you're into, as well.  Our old camera (the one I dropped.. I know.. eee) did super macro's, it was an Olympus SP-55OUZ.  Had an 18x optical zoom. We're still regretting that camera. 
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wildwanderingirl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thanks for warning me! Macros are what I heartily wish I could do better. If I get anything good such as closeups on flowers, it's mere luck. I have made some wonderful butterfly images standing only a few inches away, when the butterflies were eating and behaving themselves ;) But bird shots, that seems to require zooming from a distance which is a feature my cameras suck at... Olympus, I bet that would set me back around $500. But when you're addicted it's worth it...FEED ME 
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wildwanderingirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous photography! I am a photographer myself, I was doing that ages before I began making abstract art. I have tons of photo work out there online but haven't gotten serious about posting it here since there is soooo much of it.

What sort of camera do you use for your bird shots? My cameras aren't terrible but they are not good for photographing birds, I tried that a few times and had to give up on it....the little rascals won't hold still and pose nicely for me!
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