What kind of mandalas have you explored before?
None really, but whenever i doodle I tend to draw circles and flowers, so I suppose the seed for doing mandalas was there
What is it you love most about mandalas?
I love the simplicity behind creating them, and how they look so detailed when they are done. I get lots of “wow, did you make that. How did you make that?” I love how my son, who is 7, watched the videos and went off and drew me a beautiful rainbow mandala, with his tongue out for maximum concentration.
What kind of mandalas do you love to create with the most?
Doodles are my favourite – I spend hours on conference calls every week and i have a huge pot of sharpies on my desk so I doodle mandalas…it helps me to focus.
What excited you most about taking part in the “Mixed Media Mandala” class
I love that the pace of it is my pace. I was having a creative block and I needed something to unlock my art. I have taken courses with Louise before so I knew it would be great and would take me places I hadn’t yet imagined. that’s what excited me.
Which was your favourite part and why? What did you enjoy most about the class?
I enjoyed it all, the sketching and mark making, the collage, the interaction with the tribe on Facebook – seeing what people were making.
In what ways did the course open up a new world of Mandala creating for you?
It is my new addiction, I doodle and pain them everywhere. My son has been creating snow mandalas. Here is Canada we have a lot of snow right now..as we wait for the school bus we trample art into the snow – think winter crop circle and you get the idea.
What are some of the areas covered in the class, that you would like to continue to explore?
I am thinking about a multi-layered collage, using photographic images…I’m thinking 3 foot by 3 foot…and I want to make a mandala rag rug, and a huge lino print mandala…so many ideas.
What are the top 3 things you are taking away from this class?
That its great for children, my sons friends comment on my pictures and a couple of them have asked me to show them how to make mandalas; that it is very theraputic and you don’t need “to be an artist” to participate, anyone can make beautiful designs.
What would you say when recommending this class to a friend
I have recommended it to lots of people – I said “its great fun, easy to follow, and it takes you to places you weren’t expecting. loved it.
I live in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. Born in London, UK, in the late 60’s; Schooled in the Duran Duran era; started work at 18 before returning to education to gather certificates; Lots of qualifications – academic and creative; Love nature and the elements – dislike stuff and dust; Artist; Wife; Mother; Plan and organise for money; Create for joy.
Next class starts: Monday 30 March, 2015
Would you like to explore the sacred circle and mixed media mandalas further? I would love for you to join me to dive deeply in the 4 week “Mixed Media Mandalas” online class.
By the end of class, you will have a journal full of sacred circles and at least one finished mixed media piece of artwork to hang on your wall.