Mandalas Sidetracked

So … after the excitement of discovering 100 Mandalas, and that there was a purpose to my doodling and the mandalas fit that purpose, I tried my hand at some simple circles, and came up with this.

Nyehh … Nothing much – my hands automatically draw the same lines and patterns.  Hmmm … I’m going to have to get a compass as well – we can’t have odd-looking circles for mandalas, can we?  And a bigger sketchbook …

But then, Curls & Q introduced me to Ornate Creation (on Facebook), run by Ben Kwok.  Wow.  There are so many others out there doodling. Oh, I know that there are other people who doodle, and I see some of my doodle design elements out there. But seeing them all in one group, and looking at all their doodling, which are all fantastic and I don’t know if I’ll make anything good like theirs, but  … it’s like I found another niche to fit in.  So I flipped the page in the sketchbook, and came up with these instead – quick freehand line drawings.  It’s still not looking what I think it should look like.  Will have to doodle some more.

And I really like this pattern, but then drew a blank and didn’t know what to do next … I’m going to have to experiment with this again.


And to show that I’m obsessed with this now, I’ve already stayed up past midnight, with more ideas running through my mind …


Oh – the mandalas are not forgotten.  I purchased some books, to read up on them.  Can’t believe I haven’t kept up with this, to keep it all in one sketchpad instead of post-it notes and margins in notebooks.  I’ve been doodling these since I was in grade school – I walked around with a notebook and just filled it with rows and rows of borders and doodlings … Well, we shall remedy that now, won’t we?










  1. I was happy to find this world of doodles because it’s something I did when I was younger too. I also created mandalas without knowing what I was making.
    It feels good to reconnect with something so positive and creative 🙂

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