Mindfulness Mandala Triptych by Shell North

In this article I will be showing you how to create a Mindfulness Mandala Triptych. I wanted to incorporate one item as my focal point, the product of the month Easy structure

paste. Wood was chosen to work on as this is something I haven’t done for a while. Easy structure works well on any flat surface that’s a natural element such as wood, metal, fabrics. This technique would also look great on an artist’s canvas, a sheet or grey board or wooden box. Even a sheet of metal, a glass pane and so much more could be used.

While looking for inspiration, mandalas came to mind. Mandala is a Sanskrit word, meaning circle. They can be used to focus attention and create a state of mindfulness. A universal symbol of wholeness and unity. The circle mirrors the universe, the movement of the stars, creation, cycle of life and the passage of time.

Mindfulness is often used as a therapeutic technique. It is being present in that moment, but being accepting of our feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations and our senses. Often what brings us into our senses is doing something, but in a mindful way.

I often find myself in a state of mindfulness while creating.

Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life. Pema Chödrön

MATERIALS LIST

Various mylar stencils from my stash,Easy structure paste

,Liquid hardener-Ivory
,Liquid hardener-Blue
,3D flex
,Blue
& yellow
Bister pigment sprays
,Clear decorative flat backed glass drops from my stash,Various circle embellishments from my stash,Liquid hardener-transparent
,Powercolor pigments powder-White
,Easy coat varnish
.

Tools

Various ¾ inch flat brushes

,Small plastic pallet knives,Large pallet knifePaper cutting knife,Hair dryer,Kichen roll/paper towels,

*Because Bister spray can stain, make sure the area you work on is covered and protected.*

Step by Step

I selected a series of Mandala stencils from my personal stash and played around with the composition on my Triptych. I decided to add texture around them and a few embellishments to add depth to the piece. 

Creating texture with Powertex Easy structure
.

Scrape Easy structure paste

through each of the positioned stencils, holding with masking tape where needed. Dry with hair dryer.


Tidy it up.

Using a paper cutting knife, cut down the seams where any stencils overlap between the triptych pieces, so the edges are tidy when separated.


Give it a base coat with Powertex liquid hardener
.

Using a wide flat brush

, give the wood triptych pieces a coating of Powertex liquid hardener in Ivory
.


Adding colour with Bister

While the Ivory liquid hardener

is still wet, spray generously with 2 colours of Bister
, over lapping the colours in the middle. Dry with hairdryer immediately.


Adding another 3D layer

Apply transparent medium to the backs of all embellishments and place in centre of random mandalas. If they over hang, trim with scissors.


Creating 3D flex paste

Using Powertex liquid hardener blue

, 3Dflex powder
and yellow Bister
spray liquid, mix together until a thick ‘dryish’ paste. Adding more 3Dflex
if needed.


Creating more texture and interest

Spread the 3Dflex

mix between mandalas using a large pallet knife. Spread in one direction to create torque within the 3Dflex paste
to encourage cracks!


Getting 3Dflex
to crack

Spray over the 3Dflex

paste with Bister
in co-ordinating colours as before, 3Dflex
also needs heat to crack so dry with hairdryer closely on hot setting.


Highlighting

Now everything is dry, drybrush with Powertex liquid hardener-Ivory

, this will absorb some of the bister pigment so will darken after a few moments.


I added the finishing touch to this triptych by dry brushing with a mix of Powertex powercolor pigment powder in white

mixed with a little easy coat varnish
adding the final textural layer to the piece.


Top Tips

Have a bowl of warm soapy water to hand to put the stencils in after use so they are easily cleaned as the structure paste dries fast.If you are not getting cracks with the 3D flex, try leaving item for a few hours in a warm place such as on top of a radiator or sunny window sill on a hot day.

Feeling inspired by this Mindfulness Mandala Triptych? Why not try this at home and post your creations on the Facebook Powertex Studio page? Powertex studio

If you would like to come and learn this workshop find more details to future Triptych workshops here

. Or send me a message at The Crafty Little Corner.

We love to hear your feedback so please leave a comment below. Did you catch my last blog? Find it here

.

Well that’s all from me for now,


Peace, love and mandala’s Shell x

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