|Time to Create My Mandala Design|
In additional to researching animal print designs, I was also busy researching African culture, symbols and art via Pinterest and my local library. As I uncovered a cool design or motif, I would add it to my sketchbook with a few notes for future reference. I found a lot of inspiration within the Adinkra symbols that are used with African textiles! Many of them would translate nicely into shapes and/or free motion quilting designs within my mandala!
Two full journal pages worth of inspiration was exciting but also a bit overwhelming! Moreoever, there was little hope of fitting them all into a 20"x20" quilt as required by the challenge rules. To help with organization, I created flash cards that I pinned to a small design board. My favorites were typically pinned along the top/center.
|Design Inspiration & Organization!|
Whenever I started sketching a new draft, I would gather a few cards containing my favorite motifs and once they were incorporated into my design, I would remove them from the design board. When it was time to start a new mandala design, all cards were returned to the design board and the process recommenced.
As you can see, I went through several reiterations of my mandala designs. You will likely recognize which motifs were my favorites, as they reappear over and over. As I kept hitting a design dilemma, I opted to take a little break and return with fresh eyes and a fresh start!
|Mandala Drafts & Duds|
|Mirror, Mirror on the Wall--Who's the Smart One Now?!?|
|Master Mandala Complete!!|
My next post will cover how I incorporate my abstract animal prints, accent Cherrywood colors and free motion quilted texture into the final design!!
|Ready to Transform My Master Mandala into Color, Texture and Pattern!!|