Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Versa Mark Ink

This was done with a Versa Mark Watermark ink pad 
and pan pastels.  Basically, you rubberstamp with
the Versa pad and then blend pastels or chalk over it,
revealing the stamped pattern.  You can work in layers
of color and pattern.  I confess that this isn't my best
effort.  I'm just plain tired tonight.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Inky Fingers

This one is for all of us who had the joy of opening
an Ed Emberley book as a child.
Thanks, Mr. Emberley


Watercolor on very cheap paper. I like the 
green parts.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Welcome to Oz

My daughter named this post, since this 
odd little mandala reminded us of horns, roads, and 

In other news, my very astute husband pointed out that my
project is really mandala 366, since this is a leap year.
So cool.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Office Supplies

Admit it, you are all jealous of my giant purple elastic bands.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Found Mandalas

Sometimes I need to get some fresh ideas. Here is a small sample of the mandalas I found around the house today:

Crepe Myrtle husks.

My eye.

Interesting weed my daughter found near the bus stop.

A lamp.

Plant stand.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Couched potato

Today's title is just a bit of embroidery humor.
Silver thread, heavy black wool on thick pink felt.

Friday, January 20, 2012


This daily practice has had the pleasant side effect
of giving me opportunities to enjoy my many 
collections of flotsam and jetsam like this coral.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Origami Fireworks

This is a kinetic origami that flips inside out. 
It was quite a challenge and I am very proud of it indeed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


One of the cool things about doing something everyday 
for a year is that I get to use some of the art supplies
I have been collecting for ages and ages.
Today I used Derwent Inktense water color
pencils on Fabriano Artistico hot pressed water color
paper.  A real pleasure.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

String Theory

The most, um, meditative part was hammering in
80 nails.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Daisy, Daisy

I have another beloved pen:
Rotring Artpen, finepoint.  I'm not sure if it is
available any longer, but it is worth buying if you
happen upon it.  it is a fountain pen, more or less, with a
long, tapered barrel.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I don't really know what to say about this one. 
It started as a color study of purple and yellow 
and turned into a sort of madcap zebra flower.

Monday, January 9, 2012


More experimentation with using rulers and compasses.
On to something different tomorrow, I think.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Different Approach

Many makers of mandalas use protractors and rulers to create
the design.  Up until today, I hadn't tried that approach.
Then I happened upon a generous artist in Argentina
offering a free online workshop in this process, so I gave it a 
try.  The pictures show the progression of the piece. I like the way
it turned out and I am looking forward to trying more of these.
Check out Guada's site:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Presto Change-O

I really fancy the kaleidoscopic nature of mandalas.
I used a photo of one of my knitting projects for this
one. I used a kaleidoscope app on an iPad to create the 
second image.
Yummy colors.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Cats: the leading cause of illiteracy. 
And mandala interference.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012