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#The100DayProject – Making Mandalas

For #The100DayProject 2017, I am making mandalas. Artwork by Adria Black
Tomorrow begins the #The100DayProject by Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson. The 100 day project begins April 4, 2017 and continues through July 12, 2017.  This project is a great way to start working towards your goals, whether that is writing, drawing, or cooking homemade food every day.  Whatever your goal to living your life better, take the next 100 days and really focus on working towards creating something you can be proud of.  Check out the official website for the 100 Day Project for more information on this awesome project!


Making Mandalas for #The100DayProject

For my 100 day project this year, I am going to be creating mandalas in some form or another every single day for the next 100 days.  I will be posting weekly updates on Mondays so that you can check out the projects I have completed.  Plus I will let you know how I’m currently feeling about the project as the weeks progress.  You can also check it out on Instagram where I will be using the hashtag – #the100daysofadriablack


My History with #The100DayProject

I have attempted the 100 day project in the past and it was a big fail.  April is always a really busy time for me.  With the changing seasons, I also seem to get more migraines and they seem to last longer than usual.  So getting through the month of April itself can be hard for me. But I’m going to try again this year.


Last year, my project was not specific enough for me.  I wanted to fill a journal that I had made by hand. However, my inspiration quickly dried up and the project got neglected so I could focus on life instead.  This year, I am hoping with a specific project like making mandalas I will have plenty of inspiration.  I’m allowing myself the freedom to make my mandalas in whatever medium or method is easiest for the day so that I can fit it into my day.  I do not want to stress out because I have to get a full piece done!  So if I only have a few minutes to work on a mandala that is perfectly acceptable.


My first mandala for #The100DayProject colored with watercolor on Yupo paper. Artwork by Adria Black.
My first mandala for #The100DayProject colored with watercolor on Yupo paper. Artwork by Adria Black.

First Mandala

On Saturday I did a test run of my mandala project.  I created this lovely piece on Yupo paper using watercolors, pen and ink.  I sketched out the mandala first with pencil on a piece of cardstock paper.  Afterwards, I placed the translucent Yupo paper on top and painted over it, using my pencil marks as a guide. Although, Yupo paper and watercolors tend to do their own thing!  When I had painted the mandala and achieved the effects that I wanted from the Yupo paper, I proceeded to outline the whole piece with pen.


The original sketch for my first mandala. I outlined the piece with ink so that it is ready for me to add color later. Artwork by Adria Black
The original sketch for my first mandala. I outlined the piece with ink so that it is ready for me to add color later. Artwork by Adria Black

I really love how this first mandala turned out.  In addition, I also inked the original pencil sketch so it is ready for tomorrow.  I can add color or paint or whatever I feel like when that day arrives!  In order to be prepared for the next 100 days, I also got another batch prepared on the white cardstock using a compass and various round objects from the studio to create some guidelines for my mandalas.


The Next 100 Days of Making Mandalas

I’m not sure where this project will take me in the next 100 days.  But I am excited to have a specific project to work on every single day.  You can definitely expect to see some mandalas in April’s new Mixed Media Collection, coming at the end of the month.  I would love to record these new mandalas, but somehow in the process of moving the art studio and reorganizing, I have lost the power cord to the camera.  Hopefully it will turn up soon!


I also want to incorporate some of the kaleidoscope photography techniques that I have been working with in March to create a series of mandalas.  So stay tuned for those pieces as well!


Digital Versions of My Mandalas

While I was uploading my mandalas to Society 6, I decided to add a couple of color variations through editing in Photoshop.  I did two different versions of each piece for a bit of variety.
 

The original mandala sketch converted to shades of pinks. Artwork by Adria Black
The original mandala sketch converted to shades of pinks. Artwork by Adria Black

The original mandala sketch converted to teal and green. Artwork by Adria Black
The original mandala sketch converted to teal and green. Artwork by Adria Black
My first mandala for #The100DayProject converted to reds and blues. Artwork by Adria Black.
My first mandala for #The100DayProject converted to reds and blues. Artwork by Adria Black.

My first mandala for #The100DayProject converted to purples and teals. Artwork by Adria Black.
My first mandala for #The100DayProject converted to purples and teals. Artwork by Adria Black.

Have you ever tried #The100DayProject?  I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!  These pieces are available on Society 6, simply click the photo and it will take you to the purchasing options.

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