My First Coloring Book!

August 12, 2009 by  
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I did it, I did it! Finally I finished my first downloadable mandala coloring book. It’s been in production for a long time (mostly due to life distractions and my perennial lack of focus). But it’s here! I proudly present:

Pareidolia Mandalas Coloring Book

30 Unique downloadable mandala designs for relaxation.

Pareidolia MandalasYou can find out more and order it here.

Sample images from the 30 unique mandalas included in this book:

sampler

Already convinced? Go ahead, buy it here!

Keep your eyes peeled, there’s more in production.  Meanwhile make sure you have signed up to get a password to enter the free downloads section.

Happy Coloring!

Layering Your Colors

March 15, 2009 by  
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PencilsLayering your colors is another way to express your artistic eye when coloring a mandala.

Layer your colors, one on top of another, to attain depth and dimension. Layering is merely adding one color on top of another color over and over again. Use as many colors as you wish.

Start out by stroking your first color lightly. Heavy pressure at the beginning builds a waxy surface that will resist further applications.  Layering is a simple matter of lightly applying one color after another, and takes some patience.  Try cross hatching, which is stroking your color first in one direction and then going back over the same area stroking the opposite direction.  The key really is to build up the colors slowly to get the blend you prefer.

You will be able to finally blend colors by using a lighter color to press down heavily on top of  your layered colors,. You can also purchase special colorless blending pencils, which help to bring out the vibrancy and depth of colors. Practice your blending on a separate piece of paper if you are unsure of your outcome.

Experiment and most importantly, have fun! Also remember, if the tools you’re using are mediocre the results will be less satisfying. I recommend watercolor pencils for their bright colors and greater versatility.  Try
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
available from Dick Blick.

Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Mandala Screen Savers

January 18, 2009 by  
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atemycrayons_kldThe computer screen is something my eyeballs land on a great deal, and if you’re like me, having the right images there makes for a much more pleasant daily experience. Bring the beauty of mandalas to your computer screen — often a great place for placing meditative and soothing images.  Here are a couple of good ones I’ve found.

Kaleid-O-Space™ is a mesmerizing screen saver that brings you all the fascination and beauty of a real kaleidoscope, right on your PC! Some of it’s features are:

  • 18 Colorful Animated Kaleidoscopes
  • Animated Transition Effects
  • Simulates Real 2 and 3 Mirror Kaleidoscopes
  • Multiple Animated Pattern Layers
  • Interactive Capabilities
  • Capture Wallpapers from Any Visual Scene
  • Store up to 19 Wallpapers at a Time
  • Cycle Wallpapers Manually or Automatically
  • Metaphysically Oriented Visual Enhancements
  • Customizable Setup Options
  • Full Help Documentation and a Printable Manual
  • FREE Download and Trial, $14.95 to purchase the full version.

KrazyDad has multiple screensavers, and he says, “Unlike many crude screensavers which are inaccurately described as “kaleidoscopic,” my screensavers are true kaleidoscope simulators: They use a two mirror “mandala” reflection system, much like the best fine-art kaleidoscopes, and they are entrancing and mesmerizing!”  He has developed software called Metascope, but I haven’t been able to try it as it is “broken” at the moment.  But there are some freebies avaliable on his site.

There are many others to be found if you simply Google “mandala screensaver”, but beware the computer parameters and of course spy/malware.


Mandala Kits Make Great Gifts

November 4, 2008 by  
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Amazon offers some great deals on mandala kits for every age.  Kits are a great idea for these reasons:

  • They are simple to use and self-contained, having everything you need in one place.
  • They make easy no-brainer gifts for anyone who could use some creative fun.
  • The mandalas you make can become gifts themselves, as beautiful framed pieces or personalized greeting cards.
  • They are reasonably priced, affordable for any holiday budget.
  • You don’t have to be an “artist” to make something beautiful.
  • They inspire creative activity and fun for the whole family.

Mandala Designer

Ravensburger Classic Mandala
Ravensburger Ocean Mandala
Ravensburger Romantic Mandala
Classic Mini Mandala
Mini-Nature Mandala
Friendship Mini Mandala Designer

Now you can create your own personal Mandala art with the Mandala Designer kits.

Each kit comes with its own theme; Romantic, Classic, and Nature and can be used together or separately to create a personalized Mandala for you.

Each kit includes paper, tracing pen and pencil, set of six colored pencils, Mandala tracing wheel, and a frame to hold the paper and the wheel.  All you might need to do to supplement these kits would be to add more colored pencil colors, an eraser and a pencil sharpener, but those are optional.

There are endless options in each kit to create different and unique Mandala designs. Great for ages 6 to adult.


Mandala Starter Kit E-Book

November 2, 2008 by  
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What is a mandala starter kit? It’s a set of tools to help you draw beautiful mandalas… even if you’ve never drawn a mandala before. You don’t need to already know how to draw. You don’t need artistic talent. You don’t need to struggle with a collection of instruments like compasses, straight-edges, stencils, or curve rulers.

Now You Can Make Beautiful Mandalas. All you need is a desire to draw mandalas, some paper and pens or pencils, and the Personal Mandala Starter Kit.

Get it here at a special introductory rate.

Without this kit, drawing a mandala can be complicated and confusing.

  • You need to find or draw a large, flawless circle within an even square.
  • You need to think of things to draw in it.
  • You need to try to figure out what makes a mandala.
  • You need to visually size up the elements.
  • You have to guess at where things should go.
  • And you have to juggle a lot of drawing tools at the same time.

On this site we often give tips and tricks for how to draw mandalas with the simplest tools, and it can be done.  The thing is, even with professional drawing tools, sometimes it’s not easy to get things to look right. Even experienced artists find it difficult to draw a mandala with such things.

And you still face what may be the biggest obstacle, which no other tool can help you with… What To Draw!

The Personal Mandala Starter Kit, however, has been created especially with all these needs in mind. It offers you easier tools than you can buy anywhere else, because they’re all integrated into the pages you print off. And perhaps even more important, it gives you over 200 ideas of things to draw.

The best part is, you can use these tools over and over again. They can’t break, wear out, or get lost. So in this one book, you get a lifetime’s worth of mandalas to draw. So is there anything the Personal Mandala Starter Kit doesn’t provide? Only one thing: it is waiting for your touch to bring the mandalas to life.

Spiritual Mandala Templates E-Book – FREE

And as a bonus gift, you will receive the Spiritual Mandala Templates E-Book to download, absolutely free! Spiritual Mandala E-book Cover Here are 56 (fifty-six!) Mandala Templates based on ancient symbols from spiritual traditions from around the world and throughout history. So not only will you have the many “mundane” mandala templates to play with, you can expand your mandala meditation by starting with these spiritual symbols, including . . .

  • Crosses,
  • Star of David,
  • Pentacles,
  • Yin-Yang (Taijitu),
  • Om,
  • Buddhist Wheel of Dharma,
  • Hecate’s Wheel,
  • Fatima’s Hand,
  • Eye of Bridgid (Eye of God)
  • and more.
  • Click below to get it at the special introductory price, available for a very limited time.
    Get it Here at the Introductory Rate

    The Best Colored Pencils for Coloring Mandalas

    October 29, 2008 by  
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    Mandalas can and have been created with about every artistic medium you could imagine, but in this article we focus on the colored pencil.

    Colored pencils are good for people who want to have a very controlled expression whereas markers, paint and oil pastels are suitable for those who want to make a bold statement. If you are exploring the world of mandala coloring pages and coloring books, colored pencils are hard to beat. I prefer using colored pencils for coloring mandalas because:

    1. they can be erased if you make a mistake
    2. they  are much more precise, making detail easier to handle
    3. colors are easily layered and blended
    4. the colors don’t bleed like markers

    Which Brand to Choose?

    Finding the best colored pencil for your mandala coloring can sometimes be puzzling. Different brands vary in quality, color vibrancy and durability.  Lets take a look.

    Colored pencils are pigmented pencils which use a wax-based pigment mixture for ‘lead’. Student grade colored pencils (such as Crayola, Rose Art, Prang, etc) are very different from artist quality pencils. They have very little pigment in the wax binder, and so the colors they lay down are very diffuse in comparison.

    Watercolor pencils are very much like colored pencils and can be used just like colored pencils except their ‘lead’ is water-soluble. Watercolor pencils are more versatile than regular colored pencils. You have the option of creating colored pencil effects or, by brushing on water, watercolor painting effects.

    Artist brands are more highly pigmented, which means a little goes a long ways. They are easier to use, easier to manipulate and easier to blend and mix.  I do find it is more difficult to erase them, so you will want to be sure and experiment with different types of artists’ erasers to find what works best with your pencil and paper selections. always has a great selection. and Derwent Coloursoft are the very softest wax-based colored pencils. Lyra Rembrandt are oil-based, there’s oil as well as wax in the binder, and they have a slippery oil feeling that’s a lot like painting.

    Prismacolor Premier fine art water colored pencils are my favorite because they have thick, soft leads that are made from brilliant pigments. These Soft, thick cores create a smooth color lay down for superior blending and shading.  It is a little tougher to get and keep a fine sharp point, and you have somewhat more lead breakage because the lead is softer, but the brilliant colors make it worth the effort for me.

    What do you prefer to use?