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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Inspiration, old and new...

Hello crafters!

At the moment I am doing an online Artjournaling course at and having tons of fun!
On more than one occasion the lessons brought back memories of the mandala and celtic knotwork I used to make. At first I set it aside, just a good memorie I thought, it made me smile.
Yeah, right.... The memories kept creeping up on me, I could't ignore them, they were telling me something...but what?
I decided to listen to my muse and just make one of the pages in the style I was formiliar with way back when. I'd see where it would lead me...
This is the result of a lesson about boxes and letting other elements flow in and out of these boxes. This is where my new journey started I quess. :-)

This is SO different than the way I work now. It is al done in pencil, not a drop of paint!
The only thing that is the same are the layers, there are many, many layers of pencil on the page to create the shadows and mix the colors.

I felt I was on the right path so to speak but this way of working doesn't feel like me anymore. 
So, now what?
I started out on a search for my old mandala's to see if they had anything to say.
Here are some of them. Some are from 2002!!!



I do still love them and I felt I wanted to create Mandala's again. Offcourse A lot has changed since then. In my life and in my artwork so how to go about it?
I had no clue whatsoever but just went for it!

This is my latest artjournal page with a Mandala:

You could say something has changed right? :-)

Some details:

I am working on a canvas right now, it's not finished yet but I'm liking it so there is more comming...
Stay tuned and get creative in any way that feels right to you ok? Creativity is food for the soul!



  1. Oh wow you did beautiful Mandelas! Your new journey is exciting as well! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

    1. thanks Jackie! I like them all too. It's just that I like mixed media more than only pencil at the moment.
      This mandala has paint, sprayinks, markers and a transfer! :-)

  2. The are beautiful! Your new concept is a much more abstract representation and I like it.

    1. thank you Christy, see what you have done now? LOL
      Working on a mandala canvas....can't stop!
      oh well, there's room for one more addiction..... :-)

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  4. Love your mandalas, both the old and the new and yes, you have taken a few steps past (through?) the old to get to where you are now... I have not made any mandalas for many years and this is inspiring me to awaken that enjoyment inside of me too. Thanks for starting the group!

  5. Thank you Rhonda! I am SO glad you feel (re)inspired! You made my day!
    See you at Mandala Mayhem then? :-)