How do You Create Your Mandalas?
Someone asked me recently how I create my mandalas and I thought it might be interesting to share the answer with all of you. First, I have to say the process feels more like they create themselves through me, rather than me creating them. I never know what they will look like when I start. I either just have the urge to create one, or I’ve been asked to create a personal mandala. Then I just let my intuition guide me.
My work is all digital, all computer generated. I’ll create a number of kaleidoscope images either in a program called Image Tricks or or one called Pixelmator They both have kaleidoscope filters in them. Since the creation of the OS X operating system for Mac I haven’t been able to find a kaleidoscope filter for the Mac version of Photoshop or I’d do this there. (and if you know of such a filter, please let me know!) I use photos I’ve taken or pictures from various sources, whatever seems to have the energy I’m drawn to at the moment, as the source images for the kaleidoscope images.
Then I play with combining layers of these kaleidoscope images with different blending modes in Photoshop, I play with color adjustments; I just generally play. The blending modes in Photoshop are quite powerful and can create endless variety of effects. It’s very intuitive. I just follow whatever idea comes into my head next when I’m playing. I often use Photoshop layer styles for glows or shadows, either around the edge of the image or sometimes on an inner portion of the image. I use the Filter Gallery Effects set of filters to created a painterly look to some mandalas. Basically, I use the many tools which Photoshop has to create effects and bring the mandala to life.
Eventually the mandala “feels done.” I can’t really tell you how I know that, there is just a moment when I know both the energy of the image and the visual effect are “right.” It’s really a delight, because it feels like the mandalas create themselves through me. I think of each one as a living being. I’m just the tool that gives birth to them. Creating mandalas has been a large part of my spiritual journey and spiritual awakening experience. I believe the energy of each one has a potential “message” or effect for the viewer. It’s such a joy to do this. I’m so blessed!
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