Saturday, January 19, 2008



which colors should i choose?
first i created a basic mandala with one filter only (guess which one?) using the source image above --- - then created a pattern - (see this tutorial on pattern making) -

and then a patterned painting (using pattern stamp tool) --

from that i birthed two mandalas
this second image uses pattern overlay (see last sunday's photoshop tutorial)

then, another patterned painting
and a third image (using rainbow gradient radial adjustment layer)
boy, that was fun! isn't it amazing what you can do with a box of crayons!?

Crayola Mandalas - (Circles of Wonder) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2008
source image - photograph of crayons


Bobbie said...

Holy Cow! All that with a box of crayons? Amazing! I love how this work evolved from one thing to another. I think you used neon glow? or maybe glowing edges?

I tried to complete the last tutorial on pattern making but could not in my old version. Tomorrow the 3rd and I hope the last photoshop from ebay arrives :)

John M. Mora said...

The bottom one - lightest one - is like being in a room with a good angel...just peaceful and light and alive.

Crayons stil semll the same - they should package and sell that smell. Maybe a journal that smells like cayons.

Irene said...

It is amazing what YOU can do with a box of crayons. Some day I will travel to where you live and you can give me a private tutorial and slap me on the hand every time I get it wrong. I don't learn well from written instructions. I think I have a form of dyslexia.

artandtea said...

A new box of crayons - what a treat! As long as I live, it will always be on the list of things I love.
Gorgeous work, Sue.

Kris Cahill said...

Very cool! I appreciate you showing the step by step process from one to the next.

Does it also smell like a brand new box of crayolas? I always loved that smell!

dianeclancy said...

Hi Sue,

This is a wonderful post! I have always loved crayons for the rainbow of colors.

I would like to know more (do I hear tutorial?) about that rainbow adjustment layer.

My favorites are the last 3 images. Thank you!!!

~ Diane Clancy

The Artful Eye said...

A box of crayons! First I imagined the smell, yes waxy and colorful. This is remarkable and I appreciate you sharing your process. Your Bouquet Mandala is tantalizing.

Tangled Stitch said...

Very lovely. You give crayons a great name. Really enjoyed all the mandalas in the series.