I actually dreamt about coloring the mandala last night, and when I woke up very early this morning I got right to it. When I open my colored pencil holder, I never know what colors I am going to use, but in the dream I remember I was using yellow.
The tile is tan--yellow on tan? Would that even work? What would it look like? Should I even try it?
Well, I did; I sat down and gave it a try. Here is the result. On the left is yesterday's version, which is only shaded. Today's version is on the right, using seven different colored pencils.
By gosh, that yellow actually does show up!
I did both of these on cheap copy paper. As I mentioned yesterday I made 3 copies of the original tile to play with and left the tile itself untouched. In today's colored version at the upper left you can see some buckling of the cheap paper where it got overworked when I was applying the colors. I like it anyway.
These are not "my" colors, so I'm intrigued with how they look and why I chose them. I'm also intrigued with how a 1/4 rotation of the tile, plus coloring it, makes it look so different from the shaded version of yesterday. That's what I love about this stuff--the learning never stops.
My next lesson will be to get better--I hope--at using the watermark software. I keep trying different apps and so far haven't found "the one."
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project