I love mandala's/zendala's! I love making them from scratch and doing the pre-strung zendala tiles from Zentangle, Inc. Sooooo, when I saw that Geneviève Crabe of Tangle Harmony fame announced her mandala stencils, I knew I had to give them a try. I love these stencils! As Geneviève explains, when making mandala's from scratch, you always need a ruler, compass, and protractor. Then its on to drawing circles, angles, all that math stuff, ugh. Well, Geneviève created these stencils with lines and circles of dots (at all the intersecting points) a half inch apart, and gives you 3 different stencils, each angled at different degrees. The first mandala pictured is one I made with these stencils, and it was so cool to make a mandala without using any tools. That's right, I didn't even use a ruler once! This is really a cool tool if you love making mandala's from scratch. Check it out at this link and watch her video: http://www.amarylliscreations.com/zentangleharmony/shop/mandala-stencils/.
The second zendala is one of the pre-strung zendala tiles that come in that wonderful tin, from Zentangle Inc. I was in a Paradox mood when I did this one.
Last but not least, I got my first set of Tombow markers! I just got the very basic color set and I can see now that I will need to order more colors. Keep in mind, I am just learning to work with color. I tried using the indirect approach on the first one and got the colors too dark, so I added a white gel pen on top. I did the direct approach on the second for more vivid color. I have a ways to go learning color, but I know this is going to be fun and like I tell my students with Zentangle....practice, practice, practice, it just keeps getting better!