ELEPHANT MANDALA ART

Who doesn’t love a cute elephant or two? Drawn onto a canvass in a fun, mandala style – yes please!

In many cultures, the elephant is considered to be a symbol of strength, wisdom and tranquillity. Being of Indian heritage, it is safe to say that the elephant makes up a large part of the décor in a typical Asian house, so my mum couldn’t wait to get her hands on this one. And yes, I was after another excuse to get out the Micron fine liner pens (don’t judge me!).

For this piece, I started off with a pencil sketch on a canvass; for an additional element of cuteness, I included a baby elephant, tied to the mother’s tail for a mother-baby bond. I then proceeded to add the outline and detailing in fine liner pen.

Important to a mandala piece is the use of geometric shapes, such as circles, triangles, rectangles, as well as the inclusion of lines, which can be straight or curvy.

My personal recommendations:
* Start with a pencil and outline with a pen, if you are not feeling confident.
*Go small and start with a centre point for the mandala – in this case I used a number of floral patterns with starting points being from the feet going upwards and on the face, going down to the trunk.
* The more detail used, the more intricate your mandala piece will look. For added detail, use dotting (also called stippling), slightly thicker lines and shading.

I felt that the elephants were best left in black and white to suit this particular mandala style pattern work. However, since I wanted to incorporate colour, I added this into the floral pattern work on the borders. This was achieved using colouring pencils for a softer colour effect and coloured fine liners to provide the depth and tones that make this piece more visually appealing.

Where to place this: The elephant mandala is best placed in a hallway, living room or in a workspace, if you have one, to bring positivity into the home or to provide personal growth to your career.

FLOWER POWER

My first piece. The inspiration for this artwork goes back to a flower wall-print project at primary school; this was a project that I really enjoyed and felt that I was strong at.

When choosing between the different types of flowers for this piece, I thought about my favourite types of flowers; Sunflowers, as they are bright and uplift a persons’ mood, bringing happiness into any room; Roses, for an elegant and romantic vibe; Hibiscus for their tropical feel and intricacy in detail. And finally, small but sweet forget-me-nots…although tiny, they are impactful in their presence with their gorgeous pastel blue colour, which makes them stand out infinitely.

This piece was drawn using HB pencils firstly for the outline and finished with fine liner pens (I’d recommend using the Micron pens – they are a bit pricey – but definitely worth the hype in my unbiased opinion!). I drew this on a canvass, which I hung on my bedroom wall for chic vibes.

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