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Munchkin Mandalas

"Hold your children with open arms,
so they always know
they can come home to you."
~ Khalil Gibran

After some art journal pages on BIG paper, I went SMALL, really small. 3.5x5.5" is really tiny! I grabbed this moleskine for our trip to Six Flags, knowing that I'm just not a trooper when it comes to super spinny rides or going upside down.

Question: Does the size of the paper influence your art?

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Reader Comments (7)

I am fairly new to this world of creating something besides jewelry, but I have to say that for my visual journal I like the large moleskine sketchbook, I tried doing colalges and things in a small one and I have a hard time with it, that one seems to be the perfect size,though I am challenging myself to try something different since it's almost completed! For my doodles I use the pocket size moleskine, as it seems less intimidating of what to fill it with! Love your work!

06.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Heather, I'd have no idea how to create jewelry (other than placing beads on a string), so I can understand working in a new medium has its challenges. I have a little trouble with this tiny moleskine, because the edges sort of get in the way of where I'd like to rest my hand when I draw!

~ Tammy

06.15.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

I don't think the size of the page influences what I do on it. But when I do work on a smaller scale, I use an old clipboard as a working surface. It works for me.

06.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissKoolAid

Tammy, I have a small moleskine but I have yet to use it! But I'd probably have to do what MissKoolAid suggested and put the pad on a board so I have a place to rest my hand! I will have to open up that moleskine and see what I works for me. Love your mandala's, from the pics I can't tell the size of the paper.

06.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

good question! I have been inspired by your awesome mandalas to try my own...and i'm starting teeny tiny too! I have the smallest moleskine, i want to say it is that size? Either way, I like it because its portable, but also because it feels safer to try out these new doodles on a small scale. Less of a page to fill up...especially great for someone who doesn't think they can think of a doodle (other than circles) to save her life.

Keep on keepin' on, cuz I love it!

06.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

I love your mandalas! Yes, the size of the paper does influence my art and I adapt to the size of the page. My usual sizes are ATCs (2.5"x3.5" and I use a sketchbook or clipboard for support), small spiral sketchbook or art journal (6"x8.5" - my favorite size), medium size sketchbook (9"x12"), watercolor paper (9"x12" or quarter sheet 11"x15"), and when I make a bound book it is small to medium size (3"x3" to 5"x7").

I have been told I should work larger but I like working small as it feels more intimate and personal to me. I also like the portability of a smaller work surface and being able to sit anywhere while working. When I make quilts I work both small and large but it's a slow process. These days I like the immediacy of getting sparked with an idea, starting on it and then working nonstop until it's completed, which is why the small format is so appealing to me.

06.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

definitely influences me. i love working big,as i do expressionist paintings, so big bold strokes are fab. when i grab a small notebook, i love doodling and mandalas. there was a time i disliked detailed work,but it has become a balance to my other wild stuff.

06.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

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