Concentric Circles – On Target

This short project is inspired by Julie Gibbon’s Mandala Magic 2017 class, Stage 5 Target.

These concentric circles were created freehand – no measuring – only using a broad flat watercolour brush and some gouache.

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  • Mixed media paper
  • flat watercolour brush
  • water
  • Caran d’Ache Fancolour 15 gouache set
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint in Pink Lipstick
  • Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Tiger Lily
  • graphite pencil
  • Uniball Eye Fine pen (waterproof) in Black



I started with painting a small circle in the middle of my page (eyeballing it!) by twirling my brush.

I carried on painting my concentric circles by adding around my previous circle, changing colours. I tried to keep colours within the colour wheel close together as, contrary to the lesson in the Mandala Magic class, I didn’t want to let my circles dry in between each. I quite enjoy colours bleeding together and this is what I was hoping to achieve with this exercice.

To add more interest, I decided to cover my centre circle and outer circle (both magenta) with a pink glitter paint. I also added a black spot in the centre of my middle cicle to give more contrast.

I then used a glitter mist for the background, in a colour I hadn’t used so that my colourful concentric circles would stand out against the copper background.

I finished by journaling around one of my concentric circles (the lighter one) using just a simple graphite pencil, as I didn’t want the journaling to overpower my mandala.