The Mandala Lady:
This question usually comes after they tell me that they are afraid to color because they might ruin whatever it is they're coloring because they don't know what colors to use.
For most of the mandalas that I color, I generally stick to 6 colors (and their variations):
|"Funny Face" Mandala (primary/secondary colors)|
The key to using these two sets of colors is knowing which ones complements the other:
- Red <--> Green-->
- Yellow <--> Purple-->
- Blue <--> Orange-->
So when you're coloring and see that you have a lot of blues in your coloring, start adding some orange.
|"Pathway" Mandala using only 6 shades of grey|
Here's an example of coloring with greys...with the focus on gradations of lights and darks to give it dimension.
I can already hear the next question: how do you do your shading?
That, my friends, will be the topic for another post.
The Mandala Lady