When I first saw the beautiful Mandala Stones made by Australian artist Elspeth McLean I was completely blown away. Her beautiful crafts inspired me to make some Mandala Stones myself. I was not the only one. This new trend went viral and you can admire the colorful stones all over the Internet. But watch out! If you start to make Mandala Stones, it is very hard to stop. I wanted to paint one or two, but ended up with a whole basket full of them, because it is so addictive.
Here you can find a stimple step-by-step Tutorial for a beautiful Mandala Stone Pattern >>
And the results are amazing! Dot Painting (or dotillism) is a fairly old technique, mostly known from Indigenous Australian art. Small dots form intricate patterns, that look far more complicated than they really are. The great thing about it is, that you don’t have to be super talented or need a lot of practice to make these Mandala Stones. It is really easy and also a suitable craft for kids!
The traditional pattern begins with a big dot in the middle of the stone, surrounded by a lot of smaller ones. Then you paint your way outward until the pattern has the desired size. Many a time the stone is primed with a darker color underneath the pattern to emphasize the Mandala.
Here you can find an easy step-by-step tutorial for a basic Mandala Stone pattern >>
You don’t have to stick to the traditional patterns. Freestyle dot painting is so much fun to do and can look really awesome. Areas with different shades of the same color and color-groups that go well together, make sure that the pattern is not too chaotic and has a little structure. Curved or straight lines of little white dots can divide colored areas and provide some contrast.
Spirals and curly patterns are always appealing to the eye. If you start on the inside or the outside is just personal preference. It’s easiest if you start with a couple of really small dots in the middle and then make them slightly bigger as you go on.
With a little practice you can try patterns that are more complicated. Bigger dots are framed with smaller ones in contrasting colors. You can be as creative as you want. Most of the time you don’t really kow how your Mandala Stone is going to turn out in the end. You just start in the middle and go from there. The pattern “happens” on its own. To avoid a pattern that looks too chaotic or mismatched use color groups that go well together. Use the same color for all the smallest dots for some consistency throughout the pattern. White is a really good color for that, because it stands out brightly against a dark undercoat.
A lot of ideas and inspiration for colorful Mandala Stones:
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