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Mandalas – gel pens on black paper

If you are thinking of drawing mandalas on black paper, the only pens that will make the drawing stand out are really these gel pens. I have 2 sets from Uniball Signo, one is glitter and the other matt. Both have their own unique effects. Matt really looks good as you shade in the spaces while the glitter pens add a sparkly accent. Of the two sets, the matt inks stand out better. ~ ॐ ~

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Everyone’s favourite goddess

This Madhubani drawing is one of the more popular pins on my Pinterest board, Madhubani Folk Art. Everyone loves her. But who is she?   Our popular goddess is none other than Lakshmi. The implements she holds are two stalks of lotuses, one in each of her two upper hands to the left and right of her head; her lower right hand bestowing wealth while in her lower left hand, a pot of nectar or amrita kumbha offering release from birth and death. There are at least 8 different variations of the goddess but she mainly symbolises well-being associated with …

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Surya and the Surya Namaskar

The Beloved Surya will always be my all-time favourite symbol. It is the ultimate attainment of self-realisation when we become one with the Hiraṇyagarbha (हिरण्यगर्भः), literally, the Golden Egg that is the Soul of the Universe, Brahman. The Vedas and Upanishads refer to Hiranyagarbha and credits him with the creation of yoga and ayurveda. Here is my drawing of the beloved Surya and surrounding it is a 12-step sequence of the Surya Namaskara. There are some days when the Surya Namaskar is all that I do on the mat. I find it works every part of my body and it is …

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Drawing Surya in Madhubani style

The sun has always been a power symbol for many cultures including the Mayans and Hindus. It represents the source of life and light without which the world would not be able to exist. Hence it is no surprise that it is even the symbol used to represent the Divine within us. The Creator of all creators, God. He who resides in our Heart Chakra and gives off a most effulgent light. I have always been fascinated by Surya and am always delighted when it shows up in Madhubani Folk Art. I have seen how he is sometimes more feminine and …

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How to draw a lotus

This drawing might seem easy to do but the skill was honed from drawing lots and lots of lotuses growing live in a pond. And also by taking them home, flower, leaf and pod wherever I can find or buy them and then observing every inch of the specimens, noting down every detail about the colour, texture, smell, and my reactions towards them. Here in this drawing, I am using a Japanese self-inking brush pen. It isn’t a true brush as it doesn’t have bristles. I often use it for my drawings for several reasons. Its ink is super black …

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Mandala tutorial – what colouring medium I use

Mandalas are a great way to inspire confidence for those who don’t believe they can draw. There are basically just 2 main ways to draw a mandala. One, you may want to construct it using a pair of compass and a protractor so that you get the divisions and dimensions just right, and to your liking. Or, you could just do it freehand going with the flow. Here, I have shown both ways of drawing a mandala and using 3 different types of colouring medium. Except for the Derwent Inktense pencils which are a bit costlier, the rest are easily available …

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Pencils for drawing

What equipment do you need for pencil drawings? Basically, just about anything you think works for you. As for myself, I have done an entire pencil drawing of the many, many petals of a live lotus just using one mechanical pencil with a 4B lead. But often, it’s the humble 2B pencils that worked the hardest and so I have 3 of them with their nibs shaved and shaped differently. Then there is the 4B, 6B and 8B to add all the darker values that are essential for balance. I also have a thin metal shield for erasing and shaping. …

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Scrapbook journal – waterfall tags only

Here is a unique journal I created with just tags arranged in a “waterfall” configuration. Both sides of each tag could be used to hold a visual image, a quotation, text or memorabilia. Each tag is made from white card stock covered twice with decorative papers. The overall cover is crafted with heavier cardboard which was then covered with a matching paper. ~ ॐ ~

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