What I am happy with on the mandala designs is the background that I used. There is a lot of potential here and I am excited about the possibilities.
This first image shows the yellow prickly pear blossom I used with the blue outlined rectangle being the section I used to create the background pattern.
In the first background; I duplicated the first rectangule, flipped it horizontally, and duplicated again. I rotated 180 degrees to complete the pattern.
I expanded that to a six element pattern by the same method.
Finally, I expanded the pattern to our 24 element design. I could take it to another level if needed. Do you see how many variations can be done with this?