Sunday 20 November 2011

Day 20 - AEDM & Nablopomo - mandala & paperbark

a very quick post today showing more stages of the mandala i've been working on

i wasn't really happy with the end result but this IS what i worked on today.

to view the creative posts of other AEDM members for Day 20
click here.


and a little more inspiration

this is an australian paperbark tree. it is native to australia and is a member of the melaleuca family. i love the papery bark and i think it would work well in mixed media collages.

until tomorrow

~ love,light and peace ~


  1. You don't like it? (My jaw is on the ground) I think it's turned out beautiful - the black outline detail is just fantastic, I think it makes it unique and really interesting to look at. Hope you are feeling better today dear :) x

  2. Oh, I agree with Jenny! I love it! And it looks like you picked a journal that you can fill up with mandalas!! It's really just extra fancy doodling. I'm sure you'll like some more than others.

    I am fascinated by that paperbark tree! I'd love to see you put some of it in a collage!

    I hope you got to watch Part 2...and that you are feeling better today. Love and hugs, my friend! :):)

  3. It's beautiful--maybe you're just looking at it too much. We're looking at it with a fresh eye--love the detail, design and that color!!
    And that tree--you'll never see that here--very cool1

  4. Your mandala is coming on nicely and I like the way you draw on it with ink.
    The tree is magnificent, you should definitely find a use for it.

  5. I think this is beautiful! So funny that we sometimes see our art so differently from what others see. I love the quality of your photos - what kind of camera are you using?

  6. *Wonders if maybe this is just another time when the saying about us being our worst critics is so true*

  7. I agree with everyone your work is beautiful. The colors come through so vibrantly and the detail is amazing. I can't wait to see what you are going to post each day. Your work is so inspiring.

  8. Hi Serena, this mandala is beautiful and vibrant. Thank you for sharing the different stages of your work, I feel less intimidated by your end result knowing how you got there.
    I have also wondered about paperbark before and thought the smooth surface might be lovely to paint on, but haven't got to experiment yet.
    I look forward to checking back in to see what you're up to =)

  9. I think it looks great! I love the little color notes, too :)

  10. I love that you show the step-by-step process of how you made this mandala. The little color swatches are great too.

    I like the way it looks, but even if you aren't that into it, the process of making the mandala is at least as important as the final product!

  11. Thanks for sharing your process. I don't know why you're not happy with this mandala....I think it's beautiful. The colors are great and the doodles add just the right touch.

    That bark on the tree is amazing!!

  12. I really like it and love the colours and black outline, but I think we will all sit back in a few weeks and look at what you are making then and think back to this one and understand what you are saying... I think they are going to be that good down the track... stay cool today... fells like it is going to be a scorcher xx

  13. This is really good, Serena. :-) It looks so nice. The pattern and colour combination are amazing. :-)


  14. what a cool looking tree :D

    you don't like that? why?

  15. I'm getting the impression that you're outvoted on the mandala, but just in case I'll also say that I like it :)

    Love the tree. We have birch trees which give very fine layers of bark that can be used in artwork quite easily.

  16. Hi Serena,
    I love your Mandala! Don't know why YOU don't like it. :(
    I love that bark on that tree. It would be great to use in mixed -media art. I could probably even make a doll from it. :)

  17. Hi Serena,
    Wow, love seeing the transformation of your Mandala.
    Now, really, 'not happy' you could always send it to me. lol
    The colours are perfect.
    Creative hugs,

  18. You were thinking it would turn out differently than it did, I suspect, and it emerged like this anyway. I love it, too, as do the majority of your commenters. But that paper tree? Amazing!

  19. I love your mandala and all the squiggles and doodles. Very pretty! And that tree is pretty cool too. Best wishes to you, Tammy

  20. Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. Rest and recuperate.
    I love the end result of your mandala. Great idea to do your colour palette samples on your page for future reference. I always say I will do this then get so caught up in the painting that I forget. Yes, I am a scatterbrain sometimes.
    The paperbark is one of my favourite trees and I think it would look fantastic in a mixed media. So much yummy texture