Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Draw a Mandala

Want to learn how to draw a mandala?
Follow these steps and you'll be well on your way.

Gather your supplies

*Compass, protractor, and ruler:  These will help you make the guidelines for your mandala.

*Pencil and eraser:  I use these to draw and erase the guidelines.

*Pens:  My favorite pens are Micron and Staedtler fineliners.

*Paper:  Use whatever paper works well with your pens.

Draw some concentric circles

This is where you will use your compass.  You have two choices: draw the circles with pencil and erase them later or draw the circles with your pen.  Sometimes I use my ruler to evenly space my concentric circles.  Other times I draw without measuring, like in this picture.  

To add variety to your mandala try spacing some circles further away and some closer together.

Draw some guidelines

Use your protractor, ruler, and pencil to draw some guidelines.  I usually split my circles up into 8 equal sections.  These guidelines help when you are placing petals in your circles.

Just place your protractor so that the 90 degree line and the 0 degree line meet at the center of your circles.  Mark 0, 45, 90, 135, and 180 degrees and connect the marks using your ruler and pencil to draw a line.  Repeat for the other half of the circles.  You now have divided your mandala into 8 equal sections.

Add petals to the rings of your mandala  

Your petals can be pointed or rounded, or a combination of the two.  Use your guidelines to space your petals evenly around the circles.

Add details  

Now for the fun part!  Grab some colored pens (or stick with black if you prefer) and draw some simple designs and decoration to, and around, your petals.  

I love to look at Instagram and Pinterest and fill sketchbook pages with what I call "Mandala Filler."  When I am ready to decorate my mandala, I look back at those sketchbook pages for inspiration.  It somehow makes the whole process less intimidating.

I hope you enjoyed this post and use it to start creating your own mandalas!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Plan With Me: May 2018

Plan with me is a monthly feature where I share my bullet journal setup for the month.

It is officially spring!  May is here, and I couldn't help making my monthly theme May Flowers.  I think this cover page displays the theme pretty well.

I outlined the letters in pencil and then freehanded all the flowers, foliage and feathers in fineliner.  

I used Micron fineliners, Crayola super tip markers, and a  green Sharpie highlighter to create this page.

My calendar page heading continues the floral theme and the same supplies.  I think my lettering is getting better every month.

I like to choose a theme for my tracker also, so this month I am using little flower/butterfly doodles to track my habits.  I also cut down the number of habits that I am tracking this month.

How is your bullet journaling going this month?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WIP Wednesday: Crocheting a Bag

Crocheting a bag based on a personal pattern today.  Fingers crossed.
What are you working on?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WIP Wednesday: A Bag, a Hat, and a Scarf

This month I have three WIPs (Works in Progress) that I really want to complete and I only have ten days left.  Now, don't get me wrong.  These are not the only WIPs that I have lying around my house, and other various locations; they are the three that I would like to complete this month.  And I have only ten days left.

I'm sure that I can do it.  Really.  I'm sure that I can.

WIP #1:  Plarn Bag
This bag is my own pattern.  I hope to write the pattern out and offer it free on my blog someday soon, but first I have to complete this bag and the initial draft of the pattern.  All that's missing at this point is a row of single crochet around the handles, and somehow it is taking me forever to do it.  

I think I have an actual fear of  finishing things.

WIP #2: Elephant Hat
My cousin had a baby and she decorated the room with handmade elephant-themed items.  I just had to make her an elephant baby hat.  I had to.  This hat has had problems (wow, that sentence has a lot of three letter words that start with ha).  I lost the crochet hook I was using.  I made a newborn hat, and now the baby is three months old.  I still cannot find the hook that I lost or the yarn.  I have more of the same yarn and I finally found another hook of the same size, so it is time to make a larger hat, add a trunk and some ears, and send it to that little baby girl.

WIP #3:  2 Color Brioche Scarf
Oh!  I love this scarf.  I love everything about it; the colors, the stitch, the design, it's all perfect.  And it's almost finished; all it needs is a couple of button holes and some buttons.  This scarf is my own design and grew from a simple experimental swatch that I started, inspired by The Knit Show.  If you have not watched The Knit Show yet, you totally have to check it out.  Vickie Howell is amazing, and inspiring.

Ten days is a ton of time.  I can totally do this.  If only I didn't have this incredible cold that is making my brain not work.  No, really, I can totally do this!

What are you working on this week?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Plan with Me: March 2018

Plan with me is a monthly feature where I share my bullet journal setup for the month.

This month's theme is all about Vegas!  I am taking a trip to Vegas this month and decided to let that trip inspire my cover page and headings.

I wanted the letters to look like marquee signs and neon signs.

I think that the look was successful but wish that I had sketched everything out ahead of time.  

Oh well.  Lesson learned.

I continued the marquee letters into my monthly calendar.  

I really like this divided calendar set up, with my personal events separated from my work events.  

Materials I used this month:

*Staedtler triplus fineliners in red and black

*Micron fineliners

*Gel pens in gold and black

*Crayola Supertips in red and yellow

Do you bullet journal?  
What kind of monthly spreads do you have to have each month?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mandala Card for InCoWriMo

InCoWriMo is in full effect, and while I am a little behind, I am determined to write 28 letters this month.  

But what is a letter without a little art?  I decided to decorate a blank card with some of the new mandala patterns that I have been practicing.  I think it turned out really well.

I also included a little crochet heart, since it's almost Valentine's Day.  I love adding little extras to my letters, and that often means a crocheted applique.  The recipient then has something they can use in a creative way and pass on to someone else.

Are you participating in InCoWriMo?
Do you like to send letters and happy mail?