Finding Center With Mandalas (Doilies)
With Faith Evans-Sills
Welcome to another week of Life Book 2016 projects. Faith Evans-Sills‘ project this week is all about layering different elements using stencils and silk screen with spray paints, acrylic paint, and molding paste. She does some beautiful work – you have to go check her out!
First thing I do when I start a project is research the subject matter using Google. My friend Google has prevented me from straying too far to the left when it has to do with spirituality.
Since I had an idea that Mandalas had something to do with Eastern Philosophy, I didn’t want to take any chances. This is what I found Wikipedia regarding mandalas.
- “Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
- The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
- The term appears in the Rigveda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism.
- In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and tranceinduction.”
Yes, friends, it’s “a ritual symbol, but also a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern.” I’m a Christian and it goes against my religious beliefs to draw one as a form of meditation or a way to get close to the Universe. But, that is my opinion, and people are free to make choices, right?
Ok, that said, I opted to use a Martha Stewart doily stencil instead, as the focal point. I first started by collaging various pieces of paper I cut out of magazines, scrapbooking paper, musical paper, etc., then I went to town with my stencils and spray paint.
I had a whole box of spray paint I won some time ago on Mark Montano’s YouTube channel and it came in very handy. They are all glitter spray, so I chose some that wouldn’t overpower the background and covered some up with gesso, then I took the doily stencil and used several colors to fill it in.
This is the project after I finished filling in the doily, but I thought there was something missing, so I went back and added more silk screens using molding paste and a few
I think the addition of the butterflies, birds, and gold paste added so much texture to the piece, I’m so in love with it! Except that while trying to fix the word Namaste, I ended up misspelling it!
A few close ups here:
The doily in it’s full glory 🙂
The top with a silk screen and a stencil on top of gold spray paint.
Bottom right. A stencil with blue spray after I gessoed the corner.
Upper right with a butterfly rub-on.
Lower left with anoter silk screen of a flower with Heidi Swapp pink paste.
There you have week eight. I hope you enjoyed looking at my very busy project.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your commments!