Category: Mandalas

A Tale of Two Quilled Rainbow Spirals

A Tale of Two Quilled Rainbow Spirals

A tale of two quilled rainbow spirals begins with my Downeast Magazine features in May of 2022. I was contacted by a woman from MA to make a rainbow spiral. This vibrant and captivating creation has been one of my most popular designs since its…

Pink & Yellow Quilled Mandala

Pink & Yellow Quilled Mandala

In the world of quilling, where coils and curves come together to form intricate works of art, there’s a special fascination with the mesmerizing beauty of mandalas. Recently, I embarked on a journey to capture the allure of mandalas through delicate paper quilling, giving life…

The Blue and White Quilled Mandala

The Blue and White Quilled Mandala

In the enchanting realm of paper quilling, where coils and creativity intertwine, I recently embarked on a journey that led me to create a piece that embodies the essence of repetition, symmetry, and artistry. This captivating quilled mandala, adorned in shades of blue and white, holds within its circular form a world of meticulous details and harmonious balance. Mandalas, with their rhythmic patterns and soothing repetition, have long been a favorite subject for quillers. In this blog post, I invite you to join me as I share the story behind my first quilled mandala—a creation that marries technique with imagination and celebrates the beauty of simplicity.

Mandalas: A Tapestry of Repetition

Mandalas, with their intricate patterns radiating from a central point, have a timeless allure that has captivated artists and art enthusiasts throughout history. They offer an opportunity to explore the interplay between symmetry and creativity, inviting us to immerse ourselves in the soothing repetition of shapes. For quillers like myself, the mandala becomes a canvas upon which we can weave intricate coils, forming a tapestry of colors and contours that draw the viewer’s eye into a mesmerizing dance of lines and curves.

The First Steps: Embarking on the Mandala Journey

Creating my first quilled mandala was a journey that began with curiosity and a touch of trepidation. The circular nature of the mandala presented a new challenge—a departure from the linear forms I had grown accustomed to in my previous quilling projects. The prospect of achieving perfect symmetry while maintaining a pleasing color balance was both exhilarating and daunting. As I set out to design and craft this mandala, I knew I was venturing into new artistic territory—a territory that held the promise of a beautiful outcome and the potential for creative growth.

The Harmony of Color: A Dance of Blue and White

For this particular quilled mandala, I chose a color palette dominated by shades of blue and white. The hues of blue, ranging from deep sapphire to serene sky blue, were chosen not only for their visual appeal but also for the emotions they evoke. Blue, often associated with calmness and introspection, felt like the perfect choice to bring a sense of tranquility to the mandala’s design. The interplay of white, with its purity and simplicity, offered a balance that allowed the blue to shine brightly.

Symmetry and Technique: The Mandala’s Foundation

Crafting a quilled mandala requires more than just assembling coils—it demands a meticulous approach to symmetry, proportion, and technique. Every coil, every curve, and every angle had to be considered with care. Ensuring that each element aligned perfectly with its counterpart required a methodical approach, dry fitting the pieces as I progressed to ensure proper size, alignment, and angle. This process, while time-consuming, was essential to achieving the harmonious balance that is a hallmark of mandalas.

From Paper to Art: The Transformation Unfolds

As the mandala took shape, I witnessed the transformation of paper into art—a metamorphosis that occurs with every quilling project. The rhythmic repetition of shapes, carefully crafted coils, and strategic arrangement of elements culminated in a mesmerizing design that seemed to radiate from the central point. The mandala’s circular form, a representation of unity and wholeness, held within it a visual journey that invited viewers to explore its intricate details and appreciate the balance of colors and contours.

Favorite Among Equals: A Special Place for the Blue and White

Of all the quilled mandalas I have created, this blue and white piece holds a special place in my heart. It was my first venture into the world of mandalas, a journey that expanded my artistic horizons and pushed the boundaries of my quilling skills. While I’ve since explored various color palettes and techniques in mandala creation, the blue and white mandala remains a favorite—a reminder of the excitement and satisfaction that come with stepping outside one’s comfort zone and embracing new challenges.

Conclusion: A Circle of Creativity

As I reflect on the creation of my first quilled mandala, I’m reminded of the circular nature of creativity—a journey that brings us back to the essence of our craft and encourages us to explore new directions. The blue and white quilled mandala, with its symmetrical beauty and soothing colors, remains a testament to the power of repetition, technique, and imagination. It stands as a reminder that within the confines of a circle, an entire world of artistry can unfold—a world where coils and colors converge to create an intricate dance that captivates the eyes and stirs the soul.