Wisdom Mandala

28/01/2017: Today’s Oracle card is WISDOM.

I have been using The Psychic Tarot Oracle Deck by John Holland to inspire me and reflect on certain aspects of my life. I don’t necessarily use it as a way to “see the future”, even if it gives me direction and focus, but more as a way of reasserting my intentions as far as certain aspects of my life are concerned. By being reminded, you tend to more likely pay attention. Creating a Mandala for each of these daily cards forces me, in a way, to stop, listen and think.

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Watch it on Youtube or Vimeo (free download)

SUPPLIES USED FOR THIS MANDALA

  • my A3 sketch journal I keep for my oracle cards mandalas
  • a compass (I’m using a basic compass from Maped)
  • a ruler
  • 2B graphite pencil
  • eraser (I’m using the ones you can attach to the end of your pencils, from Faber Castell. They’re very good and quite cheap)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line pen in 0.5 Black
  • Faber Castell Pitt Brush pen in Black
  • Copic Ciao alcohol markers in Blue Berry, Pale Yellow, Flesh, Sugared Almond Pink, Robin’s Egg Blue, Coral Sea, Buttercup Yellow, Light Orange, Pale Green, Cool Shadow, Duck Blue
  • Letraset Promarker Blender

 

MY PROCESS

I started by creating my concentric circles. At first I was planning to draw a book (like on the oracle card) in the centre, but as I carried on creating my flower petals, I changed my mind.

To draw my petals, I stated intersecting half circles, using the last mark as a starting point for the next one, then measured the space in between and made marks in the middle of each to create an additional set of petals in between the first set.

While creating my petals, rather than adding embellishments, I decided to write action words (verbs) that defined “WISDOM” for me.

I erased the lines I didn’t want to keep, and outlined my remaining lines with a black Pitt brush pen.

As I wanted the effect to be soft, to contrast against the bold black outlines, I used a selection of colours from my Copic Ciao markers. I hadn’t used them for a while, so that was nice to be reacquainted with them…

Again, another very therapeutic mandala…

Some close-ups:

I hope you enjoy this video and that it inspires you to start some kind of practice (mandala, reflection, oracle cards…)