Mandala Monday

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This was so fun! I finally “harvested” my flower press and needed to fill it up again. I’ve seen other bloggers do Mandala Mondays so I wanted to try it out. I picked some of my favorite flowers from my garden (and one from my neighbor’s bush that leans over my fence) and went to work. I used a sleeve from an LP for the surface so I could keep it square (and because I like the aged paper look). I took the photo with Instagram to also keep it square and I used one of their filters. (I can’t remember which.)

I have no idea what any of the flowers are called (except the maroon carnation in the middle- it was a Mother’s Day gift from my boy). I tend to just buy flowers at farmers’ markets, garden shops, and Home Depot (when I’m broke). I don’t really pay attention to what they’re called, just how the look and how big they’re expected to grow.

All in all, the project was a really fun, relaxing project. I loved the smells and feel of the petals and leaves. I didn’t love the little red bugs but they don’t eat much. After I took the picture, I deconstructed all the flowers and put them in my press.

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Update:  Ahhh… It’s so much easier blogging from my computer.  I like using my phone (mostly because I’m impatient) but I can do so much more with my laptop.  So, here are my “inspirations” for this post:

http://bitze.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/mandala-monday-moment-to-moment/  – Patty’s blog is the first place I saw “Mandala Mondays” and is also one of my favorite blogs.  Looking at her mandalas, and the ways she photographs them, just take me to another plain.  The one in this post is one of my favorites.

http://girlunwinding.wordpress.com/category/mandala-monday/  – It looks like this is where Patty got the idea from.  This blog is also absolutely beautiful.

ICAD Day 2- The Rainbow Connection

Here’s my contribution for Day 2 of Daisy Yellow‘s Index-Card-A-Day Challenge. Some of the suggestions for prompts were rainbow colors, paisley, and Candy Land. I put all 3 together in this, even though I would have never thought to do so otherwise. (I guess that’s kind of the fun of the challenge!)

I decoupaged 4 Candy Land cards into kind of a rainbow shape and decoupaged cut paper with my quote on top. It’s from “The Rainbow Connection” song, one of my favorites. Then I drew paisley kinds of shapes around it with thin Sharpies. I’m more of a broad-strokes kind of drawer, to is was interesting for me to do all the detail in these. Some I like, some not so much… But it was an experiment. I do like all the colors and the shapes in this, even if the elements are pretty disparate.

I’ll add some of my other favorites from today when I’m not posting from my phone.

Thanks for looking!

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Update-

As promised, here are some other resources for amazing ICAD images/artists:

WordPress, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to have many other bloggers posting about the ICAD Challenge so far this year (that I can find).  So, I’ve been spending tons of time on Daisy Yellow’s Facebook page dedicated to ICAD (https://www.facebook.com/groups/daisy.yellow.ICAD/?hc_location=stream) and I just found the Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/daisyyellow/)  So many talented people!

http://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/on-my-desk-mobile-desk/  – This blogger seems to be trying out the ICAD Challenge this year and has what looks like some really neat backgrounds for ICAD pieces.  And I love the trash (literally) to treasure theme to her blog.