Bonus Mandalas

Mandalas have been a constant for me for years and years, and I still find them fascinating. Like fingerprints, every one is different & unique.

At the tail end of Inktober, I switched gears and inked some mandalas with a wonderful fountain pen, the Pilot Kaküno [review]. A few years ago, my husband brought several back from a business trip to Japan and I got a few more at the Kinokuniya store in LA the summer before last. I get Pilot ink refills from Jet Pens. The ink comes in cartridges and you just pop out the empty one and pop in a fresh one, quite foolproof.

I drew the mandalas in black Pilot ink {the non-waterproof one} and painted with a brush, and was greeted by a surprisingly aquatic blue undertone! 

3x5" index card, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

3x5" index card, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

3x5" index card, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

3x5" index card, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

3x5" index card, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

3x5" index card, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

3x5" index card, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

3x5" index card, artwork by Tammy Garcia.

This last card was a two-step process. With a dip pen, I hand-lettered the logo for Divine Chocolate in blue Dr. Ph. Martin's ink and spritzed with water. The next day, I lettered the logo again, this time in black ink of the same type. It's messy, yes, but I like the black|blue combination, for sure. And I assume this chocolate is yummy but did not eat any so cannot vouch for that:)

You can find my review of the Pilot Kaküno and a review of Dr. Ph. Martin's Bombay inks plus 15 Tips for Drawing Better Lines.