Google+ LISTENING TO THE SQUEAK INSIDE art by Kirstin McCulloch of LilliBean Designs: ☆ Starlight on Wave Tips

Friday, November 2, 2012

☆ Starlight on Wave Tips

I love making Mandalas.

There is something so meditative about filling in that circle.

I went through a stage early on when every day the very first thing I would do in the morning, was create a mandala.

My favourite mandalas to create are ones that are not symmetrical - ok, ok, I know this is so not surprising to you guys!

I also love to throw a little quirky in too.

So for a couple of weeks now I have had this phrase 'Starlight on Wave Tips' stuck in my head + as I was creating this mandala, it kept popping  up.

So I went for it, + decided to illustrate it this week with my mandala.

But I still love the phrase, (I mean totally love it) and although I really love how this turned out, I think it may pop up again in another painting, some when in the future.

Do you have a particular style that you find meditative? That can focus your mind and release negative emotions? I would love to hear your thoughts.




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  1. I love the movement in this mandala! The way you did the tips and the tail! Happy PPF!

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  2. Love your mandela Kirstin. Wonderful design and beautiful is the movement in it.
    lovely greet
    Marja
    (marjascreativity)

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  3. Terrific mandela and quote. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  4. Your starlight on wave tips mandala is so unique. What a fascinating idea, and I love the way your mandala is asymmetrical.

    For me it's not a particular style, but the act of making art itself that is meditative. I think one of the reasons why I like art is because creating is very "zen" for me. Often when I am making a collage or playing with paints I tend to go into a different way of being, I feel calmer, and more focused.

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    1. Thank you for visiting + sharing your story. It's a great feeling isn't it when you have finished playing and you still have that calm + focused feeling! x

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  5. Starlight on wave tips is a very inspiring thought. You captured it beautifully with this mandala. Happy PPF

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  6. I love the free form design and flowing shape of this mandala! It really has the feel of sparkling water too!

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    1. Thanks so much Maggie - that is totally what I wanted to convey (with out it being totally over the top!)

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  7. Prior to this challenge I had never made a mandala although I think they are beautiful! Seeing your beautiful design has opened up my mind to continue to explore them!

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    1. Thank you so much! I was totally addicted to them for a while there, and there are no rules which I love even more! x

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  8. Lovely blue mandala!
    Great rhythm and movement to it!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  9. Quirky good mandala, with style and spunk! HPPF!

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    1. Thank you so much Lynn - I love your comment! 'style + spunk' (I think I will put that one on my inspiration wall!!) x

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  10. Your design reminds me of a mandala I made several years ago for a project where I was supposed to design a symbol that represented my personal power. It was basically a spiral with the waves around it. I was delighted to see yours today. Definitely a lot different than mine, but with similarities. When that kind of thing happens, I always feel like I have been tapping into something Universal. By the way, I am going to link to you on network blogs. Looking forward to keeping up with you as we do AEDM together.

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel for your lovely comments + linking to my blog. I would love to see your mandala - I love what it represented to you. I have one like that from about three years ago and every time I see it it reminds me of my inner strength and my determination. x

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  11. Fun, quirky and whimsical mandala! Dancing mandala!

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    1. Anne - thank you for your gorgeous comment! x

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  12. This is a wonderful twist on the concept of mandalas. You've thought outside of the circle :)

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  13. I love the phrase too ... and how you really did put starlight on wave tips. Beautiful piece of work.

    I find a lot of my things are meditative - crocheting, piecing a quilt, beading. Sometimes I work in the silence and enjoy the process even more than when I have background noise.

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    1. Hilary - thank you for stopping by + for your gorgeous comment. I have a tapestry that I began when Bean was born (so four years ago now!) and when ever I work on it I move into a meditative zone too. It is not often I work with out back ground noise - I must give it a try! x

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  14. Wow, this is just mesmerizing. I love it.

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous, I can tell you love making them. Blessings, Janet PPF

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    1. Thanks Janet - I don't make all that many these days, but when I do I really enjoy the process! x

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  16. I have never really gotten into Mandalas although I do like looking at them... I find that doing a tonal drawing is the best meditation for me... getting all those shadows and highlights in are great...xx

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    1. You can totally get lost in the highlights of tonal drawings can't you! I remember drawing with graphite and realising that four hours had passed (obviously this was pre kidlets!) x

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  17. I've never seen a mandala with such movement!Very awesome! I really love it!! Although I don't do Mandalas I love zentangles and find them meditative!!
    Great piece!! Happy ppf!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. I feel the same way with zentangles too. Thank you for your gorgeous comments x

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  18. Very special unique mandala! I like it better than the symmetrical ones. For me doing all kinds of arty stuff is meditative: painting, drawing, doodling ...I get lost in another world and time flies by.

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    1. Thanks Denthe. ( I am totally not a symmetry girl ) I love the feeling of being lost in a painting and then realising that hours have passed. x

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  19. That is a beautiful painting! I love doing tangles and doodling - I find that relaxing as long as I am not trying to "make" anything. I also find coloring with my Copic markers very relaxing.

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    1. Oh Gina - I totally agree about copic markers - they are so relaxing. Thanks for stopping by x

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  20. Love your beautiful, slightly quirky mandala! When I want to zone out with art...I 'make' fabric by taking thread snippets and itty bitty scraps and sewing them on a base fabric. Totally Zen for me.

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    1. Wow - that sounds amazingly intricate and delicate + I can see how that would allow you to be in a zone. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. x

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  21. beautiful design! If I need to refocus I pull out bold, saturated colors, and just splash paint around. Sometimes I use stencils (usually contact paper cut with my Silhouette) so I end up with an actual design. Sometimes....not. Happy belated PPF!

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    1. That sounds like such fun, just splashing colour around. Thanks so much for popping in Caitlyn. x

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  22. So much movement it reminds me of flying a kite:)lovely!
    xx

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    1. Oh Sue - that is such lovely imagery - thank you! x

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  23. Great phrase and mandala, i tend to make mine mostly symmetrical but not always, i love yours being so free flowing!

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  24. This is beautiful-the image and the quote. I love the asymmetry you added in the tailing piece.

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  25. I love this mandala and how it seemingly is floating like a whimsical gelly fish! Happy PPF!

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  26. Such a lovely mandala! =) I have never painted a mandala.. maybe I would try on day.. Lovely colors! :)

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