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Zendalas

How to paint a mandala on a misshapen stone

Purple Blue Mandala Stone, Acrylic Paints

I love painting stones and especially making mandala stones. The thing is, where I live it’s very hard to find stones with even remotely circular shapes, so I have to make do with what I find. However, you don’t need a perfectly circular shaped stone in order to paint a mandala. You just need a stone big and flat enough so that you can draw a decent sized circle on. The stone in the picture above was a great find, but it still wasn’t the perfect shape for a mandala. So here is what I did…

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Free Coloring Page 3 – Floral zendala for coloring

A floral zentangle design for coloring. This one is very intricate and it would be best if you color it with well sharpened color pencils or color fineliners. For this particular picture I used Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens. When I color in with pencils I use the Koh-I-Noor brand because the colors are really vibrant. You can download the coloring page in pdf format here.

Floral zentangle mandala for coloring

 

Download Free Coloring Page 3 – Floral zendala

Dot Painted Mandala Tin with Marigolds

Instead of throwing out this tin, I turned it into a lovely vase using acrylic paints. I had to apply several coats of paint for the background in order to cover all the pictures and labels. Just make sure the paint has dried completely before applying the next layer. (Acrylic paints do dry quickly, but it’s better to have some patience because with such smooth surfaces the paint could come off when you start applying the next layer.) If you use lighter colors – like the yellow I used around the mandala – the pictures and writing on the tin might still come through. Therefore I put the dot arcs and they covered it completely. On the back I just painted dots starting with white and finishing with dark green for a gradient effect. After the paint dried completely (I left it for a couple of days) I sprayed the vase with an acrylic finish spray.

Dot Painted Mandala Tin, front, Acrylic Paints

Dot Painted Mandala Tin Marigolds Back, Acrylic Paints

 

 

Small Freehand Mandala

A small mandala drawn freehand. It takes some practice to keep the lines and spaces in between even but it’s very relaxing and fun to draw without compasses and rulers. The black pen is as usual Faber-Castell PITT artist pen size S. The color pens are Aihao Colorpia Fine Liner – a set of 12 colors. Unfortunately I don’t remember where I bought them since it was a few years ago – before I started doodling more consistently – and there isn’t a lot of info about them on the Internet. It’s a sad thing because the colors are so bright and lovely. You can see a picture of the pens here.