This blog is all about things I have made. You can find intense embroidery, paper quilling mania, crazy gingerbread houses, masks, puppets, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!
I am not one of those people who typically spend a lot time on self reflection or meditation, it's simply not my bag. However, I had done a little reading on Mandala's and healing and thought "I could do that. It might be outside of my realm of comfortable but I could try." So I drew up a mandala on AutoCAD and started painting into it. I focused on blue tones because according to the internet that is a healing mandala. I had a lot of fun creating it, it was puzzling at times and quite intricate as well. This piece is up for sale on my etsy site if you like it!
This piece was a bit of a triumph. I say this because I did it twice. The first time, I finished it and sent it off, only to become aware that "Mindfullness", is in fact spelled Mindfulness with one "L". It was embarrassing and ironic, because I was in fact, not being mindful as I created the piece. It was very humbling and it taught me a lot of lessons. One thing is for sure, I will be checking and triple checking my spelling on everything. It has also shown me the importance of sharing my sketches with the client before I send it out, that way they have approval before I carry through the labour intensive part of quilling.
It has also shown me that life is more fragile than you think. I was going through a rough patch in my life, and I had thought that I was doing all right, but clearly my life problems were spilling into my work. This also became evident in my day job as well. However, How can a person know how they will deal with stress or grief until they experience it? I learned for myself one of the results of being under that kind of duress is that things slip through the cracks. I was lucky to have such a patient and understanding client while this was going on and she is quite happy with the pieces now that they are correct!
I do still really like this piece, and I think, I liked it even better the second time around.