Mandala Monday

Shoot!  I thought I uploaded this before but it didn’t take.  Better late than never…

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Here’s my contribution for today.  I was expecting a long day at work and then had to go get a new phone (an excursion that I had no idea would take 3 hours!).  So, I decided to try to make an electronic mandala on my phone.  I opened up my Pic Collage app (a favorite) and imported some pictures.  I started with 4 ICADs I’d done last week  with similar materials/techniques (all starting with a failed attempt at using a 3D stencil with gesso).  I used those as the 4 “corners” of my circle.  Then, I cropped a photo I took yesterday and made a kind of star design using several copies of it.  The photo is kind of a funny story:  I got this pinata for my parents’ surprise 50th Anniversary party at church.  When I went back the next day, I happened to notice it hanging from a stick outside the dumpster.  I guess the sexton couldn’t bare to chuck it.  I call it “Resurrection of the Backyardigan”.

The mandala came out somewhat psychedelic looking, but the shape is strangely appealing to me.  And I was able to use images of a few cards that I didn’t really like to make something pretty interesting.  Mondays are always so hard to find time to really concentrate on anything, I’m starting to think I should actually plan ahead a bit and make my mandala on Sunday (and then just post it on Monday).  That wouldn’t be cheating, would it?

Mandala Monday

ImageIt was time to harvest some of my herbs and it also happens to be Mandala Monday.  Here’s what I came up with.  I used a newspaper with an announcement of one of my favorite farm stands winning a local “best-of” for the background.  It’s a really loose design, with some long shoots from my thyme around the outside of the circle.  I added in some shoots from a variety of mint plants in the center and then put some cilantro on top with the flowers from the cilantro (going to seed for coriander) in the middle.  I love it and the best part is how my hands smell after picking and playing with the herbs.  Or maybe the real best part is the delicious things my wife will be able to make with them.

Here’s the before (the mandala) and the after (with them drying on my porch):

ImageSpeaking of my amazing wife, it was my birthday yesterday and here’s what she got me (among other things).  It’s a regular cornucopia of craft supplies.  Did I mention that she’s amazing???

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Mandala Monday

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I’m working late today but I’ve been thinking about how to get my Mandala and my ICAD both in. The potpourri basket in the bathroom at work was spilled, so I grabbed the rest (not the stuff on the bathroom floor) and made this quickie. I used Instagram again, for the square shape, and put a neat filter on that made the center sharp and the edges blurred. That’s how I feel sometimes (all blurred around the edges).

Update:  Now that I’m on my computer, I have to add a link to another favorite Mandala Monday that has a GIVE-AWAY this week:

http://girlunwinding.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/give-away-time/  – I love all the things Dawn posts, but especially the mandalas.

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.