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Blue Flower Mandala - dot art painting by MirandaPitrone

Jun 10, 2021
Hello everyone, I am Miranda's patron saint, I am here to make another

mandala

with you. Today I am going to make a beautiful spring

flower

mandala

. It's kind of a takeoff on a design I made years ago when I started making mandalas, so I've had a couple of people ask me how I do it, so today I'm going to show you the process I go through to create this

flower

mandala. . Now you can make your own colored flower and I encourage you to do so. I'll make mine in

blue

today for the background. I like to use something darker, like this majestic decorative art purple that works really well or a black or navy

blue

, so I'm going to use this today on my background, although okay, in my last video I showed you how. to measure and find the center of a stone, they pretty much don't have to be completely circular, but this one is pretty decent, as you can see, it's pretty round, it's got a little bit more here, which isn't a big deal, but so just look at the center, but like I said in the last video I did, you can measure to find your next center to help you a little bit with your symmetry if you're special, if you're just starting out, so this is about 4, so obviously half of 4 is 2.
blue flower mandala   dot art painting by mirandapitrone
I'll just make a line there and then I'll bring the rock or the ribbon and do it in the other direction and yeah, a little bit less than 4, we could do a little bit less than 2 to find our Center, which is about where I put my scratch mark here so I just put a pencil point there now so what you can do is take a compass that you've been using and just center it and your stone with your tip to make your background and you can push it out. . I don't make it as far as you can, where you can make a proper circle to fill the stone you're using, so I won't go over the edge, but I'm guessing this is probably big enough here and you don't have to do this either.
blue flower mandala   dot art painting by mirandapitrone

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blue flower mandala dot art painting by mirandapitrone...

I usually just do a circle of Dutton paint on a stone, but if you really want to be exact, you'll get a perfect circle on your stone, so now I'm going to fill that in with my regal purple that I chose for my background here and I'm not going to make you watch me do it because I'm sure you know how to paint in a circle here. I'm just using a big flat brush and I'm just going to fill the circle and let it dry, so there's an opportunity to learn here. I got a little overzealous with my

painting

and when my circle passed, I took some warm water and some soap and pushed the

painting

back. towards my center and then I took a wet brush and went over it again and now I'm just wiping it off with a paper towel.
blue flower mandala   dot art painting by mirandapitrone
If you can't remove the paint you can always paint the whole stone and then make a background a different color but I wanted to keep some of the stone visible so you can see and I'll have to paint over that little semi circle area there but what to do in an oops situation, okay, so I'm just going to take one of my larger soft round acrylic brushes and put a white dot to start in our center. Remember that you can measure to find your center so that you have it in the middle and maintain your symmetry.
blue flower mandala   dot art painting by mirandapitrone
The first color I'm going to use. it's a grasshopper green to start my world a flower in the center so I'm going to do greens and blues so the first one I'm going to start with our green and I'm just using a little angled liner brush and we're going to go from bottom to up and then I'm going to go to an angle. I'm not going to do a plus sign on this one because I want enough room to make petals and the flower petals will be too small so just go at a 45 degree angle instead of 90 to be at an angle so just six points, okay, the next color is coastal blue and that will be the beginning of where my petals are going to go around.
I'm going to tuck them in between the greens that we created but a little bit further away so we can do the petals and again I'm just using the angled liner brush, okay, so I'm just going to take something sharp with one of my tools here. which I've broken down and it's pretty sharp or you can use a pencil, you just have to worry about erasing the lines afterwards, but I'm just going to draw, excuse me, draw my petals around the blue dot that I just created and I'll take them to the edge of my background, which is like an arch, and the thing about drawing them on your background up to our edge, I prefer that you can wet it with a little water to erase it. easily enough and then you can redo it if you don't like where that line goes.
There are also chalk pencils that people use and the chalk doesn't erase pretty easily after the fact, but you just need something to outline where your petals are going to go. you're just doing it around the blue dot, so you start on the left or right side of the blue dot and just create an arc. I have to place the stone, but you just create an arch on the side of the petal, pull it out. the end of the background like this and leave a little space in the middle because we're going to want a few green dots in the middle, but each one will be different, it'll be fun to see how it comes out and after looking at this I actually don't really like where it is this pedal so I just wet my finger a little bit here with water and I'm just going to erase the etch marks that I made and I'm going to redraw it there okay now what I'm going to do is we're going to outline our petals and I'm going to use a cool blue and a blue clear clear and I'll just put dots to outline the petals of our flower.
I generally like the dots to get smaller as we get closer to the ends, so I'll start in the center of the petal and just work my way towards the center so they get progressively smaller as I go, but then I like my biggest points are here in the thickest part of the petal and then the same towards the end. the paint comes out of the brush so they get progressively smaller towards the opposite end as well, so you're going to do that with all the petals outlining both sides until all the petals are outlined in light blue, sometimes you'll start to run out of paint before It might get too small, but you can drop a little bit of paint here where the big ones are or on another piece of paper or paper towel and then you'll have less paint again. the brush so you can continue along the line and make them get smaller and smaller and that way you don't end up with a big spot down there where you didn't want it or maybe you did, that would be a whole Another new look would be just a different size on your petals, so I'm just doing one side of the pedal first to start and that way you can see how much space you have.
Yeah, we're done on one side and you can. Even do this if you have your liner brush angled. A lot of people have asked me where to get it, so you can even do this with your angled liner brushes, these are here and they work just as well. Just start with the larger dots to the side and work your way down as you let the paint run off the brush and they get smaller, so having the brush at an angle might also help you see what you're doing better, which makes it easier when I'm making the video I really should have started with that first but just take what I grab sometimes and then follow the lines you drew down letting the paint bleed and the dots to make progressively smaller.
You can also do it, if you feel like you still have too much paint, you can leave it a little bit and not press as hard because it will make the dots smaller and just leave them lightly on the brush, that's what I really like. these, these Princeton watercolor brushes really have a nice end to the bristles, a nice soft end and you can get pretty small with these as well, but the harder you push, the bigger the dot, the lighter you push, the more small is the point. It takes a little finesse and a little practice, but like I said, as you go over the petals after a paint dip, they'll get smaller anyway because you're losing paint from the brush, don't be discouraged either.
I've been doing this. for a long time, so if you have to pause the video to finish the pedal and go down if I go too fast, now our pedals, excuse me, are finished, so now we're going to do a kind of chevron. kind of look by doing just a half triangle chevron over each of the blues that we used and I'm going to start with a very dark blue and do kind of a shadowy progression to a lighter blue color, possibly even white. Look how much space we have, but I never really planned it. I just see how much space I have and fit in as many colors as I can and you just go with the size of your stone, so that's how it will be. close to the one they asked me for the design that I use for my youtube profile picture, okay, I have this very dark navy blue, so I'll start with maybe blue and continue using the loop, forgive me, the eyeliner pencil.
And I'm just going to do three dots on mine starting at the top and for now it's going to look very dark against the background, which is fine, but it will eventually show up because you're going to have a dark to light look and this will help create that look, so don't be discouraged if the background is very dark. Sometimes you need to finish a piece before you see where all the colors fit. Everyone does their own little part, even sometimes if you're just putting a little bit of black or another dark color to create negative space on something it helps too, but that just takes practice, you play with the colors and you'll see, that was the blue navy, the next color I have is this really pretty Copenhagen blue, yeah.
Where is? I have it. It's just one shade above navy blue. You can also mix your colors by simply adding a little lighter white to brighten your color. If you don't have all of these colors, you can use a little lighter. a little bit lighter a little bit lighter and that will help create the same look that we're doing. I'm going to try not to turn my stone here so as not to make you all dizzy, but I'm just doing this. three points again from Copenhagen mm, sorry, the next color I have is this really pretty metallic ice blue.
I think I'm going to go with the next one and this one I really think my pedals are starting to widen a little bit here so I'm going to be able to put in more points. I try not to crowd them, so we did three dots the first time and now I can fit together, let's say three four five, but I'm still creating the kind of chevron triangle that I'm going to make. your point is in the top three, four five, you'll have to give me your opinion on this. Is it easier for you? I know that turning the stone is really my personal preference, but is it better if I don't turn the stone and leave it? established here, do any of you really care, let me know?
Put that in the comments. They find it a pain when I'm constantly turning because I pause between colors because I let them dry, we don't want to try. To stack the dots next to each other, the colors will fade into each other, so you have to pause it to let each round dry, so now I'm going to mix in the coastal blue that we used for the lighter, larger dots that we used. I started and I'm going to mix in some Copenhagen blue to darken it a little bit and make it the next shade of blue that we need after the metallic and it doesn't have to be like that.
They go in a perfect progression, I mean, the metallic is obviously bright and will show up more, but I like to add a little pop in each of them, so now I'm going to mix those two colors together for my next round of blues. and you may or may not be able to do it, but I'm just putting in a couple extra stitches this round, so I have 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 depending on the size of your petals, you may not be able to do it. it fits so many points, which is fine, it will still give you your shape and you also don't want to overlap the edges of your petals because that light blue helps outline where the edge of your flower is. flower petal each one is OOP I'm glad I caught that somehow a drop of water came out of my splint.
I have to make sure to dry the brush too. There we go, okay, so the next one I'm going to use is that coastal blue that we started the first big one with. stipple just with that itself, I'm not going to mix it with anything, so we go back to that later color. You can see that our patterns really start to have a nice progression there, from dark to light. I love blues like the ocean, so relaxing. I think the next color I'm going to use is a tropical blue. It's a little lighter, bordering toward the turquoise range, but it's a lighter blue just up the coast.
It will help us with our effect here. I used to joke that I used to do it. Paint all these flowers and leave it in our house because they were the only things I could have. Four plants that looked like things because it was the only thing I couldn't kill. Fortunately, I have a terrible black song after a little training and something. Through research I have been able to keep some cacti and a jade tree I am working on alive, but I still think they are better. I can put them in my garden once we use the varnish that I use, I can go outside so they don't fade and they're waterproof so you might think I've joked before about how we hit one with our lawnmower and we didn't even It didn't even damage the paint, so I'm pretty impressed with the varnish that Liquitexprovided.
Let's buy, okay, that's going great, so now I'm going to change here to a cool blue and that's going to be the last one I'm going to use, but I'm going to do two rows, I think just this one. I want to leave some of this negative space because that's really what makes this floral design work, I think because you don't fill the entire petal. You can do that, it will just create a different design, but this is not the interest in answering the question about how you make this lovely little flower, so the cool blue will be last and I think I'll do it.
Make two lines, yeah, I'll see. I said I usually let them dry between rounds, which I do. I shouldn't force this because then I'll make a mistake and make them run. You can try to put them in. but you can get closer if the next round is dry. I'll just draw a line here and be good now. Keep in mind that this cold blue is what we outline our petals with. We've already used this one and I'm downloading this again to see old habits die hard. I threw another rock under here to try to keep it at an angle so everyone can see it more front on the camera, but I'm finding it a little harder to paint here.
Let's see what great design this one comes out, since I think it is very pretty and I love the cool Chevron design. I attribute that you can put anything in, so I'll come back, there are my two that I made. often I'm going to come back here and do my second one because it's probably dry enough, well, some of them are drying out. I'm going to go back to our grasshopper green that we have and if you need it, if you want. To keep the paints on your palette while you take some time to work, you can always take a damp paper towel and place it over your paints.
This will help keep them viable so you don't have to. waste paint or you can just pour little bits and then pour again if you need more so I'm going to start in the area of ​​our leaves and as you can see mine are not perfectly spaced my pedals which I like when that happens. Now it's kind of proof that you made it by hand then and really makes it your own design. I'm just saving that green grasshopper and around to start our Leafs and then instead of getting more paint, I'm just going to steal it.
Starting from the dots here that we already have on the stone, then just make little lines down in a single roll, that's all I can fit between my petals. If you have more, you can make more larger dots towards the center. I like it. just because it helps separate the petals, the blue and the green, you know, I'm flowers too, you have leaves behind and around, and yeah, we started with the green and then we made little dots up to the other green that we had made. before in green and I'll just make the dot bigger here.
I'm just going to put a couple of points on the side here. This is simply to fill the space to create a leaf type effect like a citrus green. Next, what is it? Yes it is. citrus green and I'm going to make a little bit bigger dot. One of the good things about making a background in some of the stones. This one is quite porous, so it really helps fill in some of those holes. the stone that could create bubbles in the paint - I'm just going to do a little bit of citrus on the side - I'm trying to actually remember what I did for a leaf type structure.
I know that was the last time I looked at her. Quick before I start this, but I'm pretty sure it was something like that. I'm just improvising here, but you can do whatever you want for a design for the leaves. I'm going to grab the grasshopper again and type. to fill a little bit here just to add a little bit okay I have some delicious lemon that I want to add to give a little bit of bright color to this do that here I guess that's okay so add a little bit like a white vanilla all the way to the ends here just to contrast the petals a little bit more as well.
I think I did it on the other design too just to give the end of the petal a little bit of design, but you don't have to do that or you can. Even add more, this is just a vanilla type white. I just work on filling in the leaf area with greens and yellows, there we go, I think we'll just do two more yellows around each one. Here the stones are always of different sizes, different shapes. I haven't had many exactly the same unless you make it like the people who create them. I guess with molds and cement, then you can get them to a more exact shape and size, but I like that each one is different and how I can change their design so they aren't always the same.
Look, that's going very well. I don't think I had enough room on the other stone to do this, but I think I'll put a blue on the end of each of my petals and see how it looks, but that's not what I did on the other design. If you go for the other design, just ignore this step, but I like to make each one different every time. also and then give them as gifts so each one is different and there you have the basic design that was made for the avatar on my youtube so then I am going to varnish it using the liquitex varnish and you will get a it has a great shine that will help your colors stand out, so I hope you enjoyed this video and if you could give it a thumbs up if it's good and then if you have any comments or constructive feedback feel free to leave them below and if you're looking for my other videos you can subscribe to my channel and they're everyone there so I hope everyone has a great day, it was fun, thanks for the request and see you soon.

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