"building blocks" 5x8" watercolor moleskine journal, pitt pens, joint project w/ my 10 yr old daughter, note this is shown horizontally but the original art is vertical w/title at bottom
I drew the beginning structure of this mandala (the outline) and just didn't care for it. It's odd, because usually I see it as a challenge to rehabilitate the poor darling. Maybe the table moved (I often work at the breakfast table and the kids shake the table while drawing). Or my mood was yukky.
So the new thing is for my older daughter (10) to offer to fix the mandala - she likes the challenge of transformation. So she stepped away from her report on dragons to work on the mandala. She added more structure in black gellyroll and colored with brush nib pitt pens. When she handed me the finished page... wow! I love how she broke it up into sections and the way she selected contrasting colors for each section. And the words as part of the art! I just love it. So colorful, fun and balanced. I also like the way she added her signature ribbons to the mandala. It's wonderful to learn from your kids and see their style evolve.