In 2015, during the “summer holidays” between my 2nd and 3rd year of university, I started a new project.
I really wanted the empty wall in my bedroom to be full of clustered gold frames in different, mismatching shapes and sizes that were all full of my own mandalas. I had my heart set on this and I couldn’t let go. I’ve always been arty and doodling is one of my favourite hobbies, so when I began drawing mandalas in my free time at university I fell in love. Since then, almost a full year ago now, I’ve been slowly but surely working on each of the different pieces!
Today, I eventually finished! I’m so excited. Like, really excited. This is something that has been dangling over me for so long now and I’m insanely proud of them. I can’t wait to see how they look hung up on the wall in that little golden cluster like I originally imagined.
Whilst working on them, I kept thinking to myself “I wish my pen had a dot counter” because I’m sure there are bloody thousands of the buggers overall. Today’s piece even gave me a blister on my finger because I was dotting away so vigorously for so long. I don’t even care – they’re finished and I’m so happy!
Finishing this project means I can also finally tick something else off my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge, so that’s just another reason to smile today. 🙂
This is today’s finished piece which took me three and a half hours, and that’s pretty good going in comparison to my other smaller pieces. I was on a roll. I couldn’t stop (hence the blister!) because I was just so determined to finish it today. Because this is the largest of the 5 mandalas, I wanted to give it a proper theme – I went with flowers! The central mandala is based on a sunflower and the two simpler outer mandalas are based on roses. Specifically, they’re based on the Tyrell rose from Game of Thrones. It’s, without a doubt, my favourite of them all.
These four mandalas have been tucked away for a bit, waiting patiently for me to finish! I tried to make every single one of them different from the last to maintain the eclectic look that I wanted. Two of them, top left and bottom left, are a lot less traditional – the Deathly Hallows symbol and the fanciful, tropical plant looking drawing. Actually, the Deathly Hallows piece was probably the hardest drawing of them all! It was just all dots… so many dots… dots… I had to stop so many times because I got cramp in my hand and wrist.
Oh my, I just love them. I’m so proud that my bedroom will be home to my very own wall art! Making something yourself is incredibly satisfying and I’m very, very happy with how they turned out.
What do you think? Have you ever created art for your home?
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Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills.