California Mandalas & Index Cards

On our California adventure, I brought along a super limited subset of art materials. So these mandalas and doodles were drawn on the road, in hotel rooms, on planes, etc. I had painted the backgrounds of a bunch of index cards with gouache the day before we flew out. These are 3x5" index cards, Sakura Gellyrolls.

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Free-hand mandalas are my favorite shape to draw. I work in pen {never pencil} without measuring {never a ruler or compass or any perfectionistic tool}. They are a mental challenge as much as a drawing challenge. With a free-hand, free-form, no-holds-barred doodle you can do whatever you want. No tentative - then erased - then redrawn - then erased - pencil marks. You've just got to go with the marks your pen makes! Just get out a pen and draw. If you draw something you did not intend {like you meant to draw a curvy line but you drew a straight line} just put your brain into problem-solving mode and develop a way to incorporate the un-intended line or shape or mark in the mandala.