Sunday, May 31, 2009


Here, we have used the flowers to create a mandala with the open star which you see here. I like the way the open area changes the rythmn of the concentric circles. On the other hand, the empty spaces almost beg to be filled. For that reason, I offer a second version with extra flowers added. I would appreciate getting feedback as to which you prefer as the star is something I can use in other designs.


I have reworked the daisy mandala to utilize the mirror image elements. I started by creating this page of flower elements to use in the design. To the individual blooms, I have added the pairs of mirror images.
In some cases, I have created double pairings in which I reverse the left and right images to create more than one version of the same pairing. By rotating the indvidual blooms and pairing them up in various ways, I could create and alost infinite number of elements to work with.
The page also includes some line elements. That too, could be expanded. Now with the photos of a single bloom, we have created quite a wide variety of elements to work with. It is enough to create an interesting design.

Monday, May 18, 2009


I have made enough changes in my technique to warrant an update as a new lesson. With this mandala, I created more symmetry and created interesting negative spaces. Instead of using individual blooms for the concentric rings, I paired mirror images all the way around.
I think this adds a whole new dimension to my designs and I will be doing a lot more of these. I have also started expanding the mandalas out to the edge of the page. I think this gives a suggestion of growth out to infinity.