Since boiling our journals a few weeks ago with tea and rusty metal . I have had great fun messing about with my mandala process – playing with permanent and water soluble pens and layering with tea, gesso and gel medium
I have joined a woman’s circle in Edinburgh. One of the aims is to get us to move more and get in touch with our inner self . Staining and layering my mandalas is part of this process. I am still sitting still to draw but , an getting up, making tea , steeping , drying and making bigger marks. This feels more intuiative and freeing something that was tight.
I love teal and turquoise, the only pens I have these colour are water soluble. I can’t boil these designs but dipping them in a tea / rust mixture adds a lovely transparency to the marks . The designs are more effective when drawn on printing paper and drawing on both sides. I like the lack of control and the inability to predict exactly what the final product will look like.
Today I started adding gold pen and paint for fun – but I like the contrast and texture that it adds. I also added thin acrylic paint through stencils which was more effective at protecting the water soluble pen as a technique
Everything isn’t always successful but I am loving the process
One of the objects I make with my mandalas are pamphlet stitch journals. The flower journals below are ripped to make soft stacked edges . I boiled the top one in tea again after I made it with a strip of rusty metal I found in the road . This added the dark colour at the centre.