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Moleskine Mandalas

{originally posted in August 2008}

Moleskine notebooks are incredibly popular for keeping notes, journaling, sketching, doodling, collage, watercolor and more. A Flickr search found 54,459 photos tagged "moleskine" and 1,077 moleskine related groups. I typically use the lined 5x8" Moleskine notebooks to keep notes... books to read, flowering perennial plants for the garden, recipes to try, to-do lists, but I've never drawn in them. Until now.

This past week, while I waited for the kids at swimming lessons, I started doodling in my notebook with a black superfine Faber-Castell PITT pens. As the week progressed, I added color with brush nib PITT pens and Sakura gellyrolls. These quasi-mandalas just exploded on the page. The texture of the paper is smooth and warm. Perhaps having the lines on the page make it less daunting? The ink adheres without bleeding and dries quickly. Several doodles followed, and I am officially hooked.

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Reader Comments (3)

Beautiful! I somehow came upon your blog and LOVED It. You have given me great advice regarding materials. I have bought Pitt markers and Neocolor II crayons at DickBlick and I am hooked! I think you should get commission for the referral :). Thank you for the inspiration. I am now drawing daily and having a peaceful time doing so.

02.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

So funny that you post this today - I've always loved mandalas - they're my go-to doodle, and I've done them sporadically since I found them (probably here) last year. But early January, I decided to go on a mandala-journey, and explore and draw as many as possible, with different pens, coloured in different ways, on different paper etc etc etc. As Jan went on, it slipped by the wayside, but I've just picked it back up again today and have already done two! Thanks for the inspiration, as always :)

02.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

I LOVE these mandala doodles! I'm also a big fan of the Moleskine notebooks. Now I'm inspired to try some mandalas.....Thanks Tammy

02.3.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee

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