This is the second of 5 photos we are going to use in creating our mandala. All five photos are actually different angles of the same bloom. One can create more interesting designs by using photos of different flowers with contrasting shapes and colors or shades of color. As you will see, however, we can get a very pleasing composition with these simple elements.
I want to keep this demonstration simple, but it will be enough to give you the tools to go own and create your own awesome, perhaps complex designs.
For my flower mandalas, I like to start with 5-7 extracted photos. More can be used, but with diminishing returns. While variation is important for the mandala process, it is also about repetition. As in all things, it is about finding the balance.