Mandala Monday – Earth Tones

I’ve been experimenting with a new color palette over the past few days…

I LOVE  these colors and how this tile turned out!  😍  I used the same mandala design as my favorite one that I shared in my Mandala Madness post (here), but I painted it in earthy tones instead.


I also painted a few rocks with these same colors.  I usually paint a background/base color underneath my mandalas (like the brown on the tile above), but I hate covering up the rocks’ natural color, so I painted a few without a base color.  I’m not sure how I feel about how they turned out though, because the mandala’s colors don’t show up as vibrant without a base color.  I was thinking “Earthy paint colors, natural rock color” but it kinda failed.

In actuality, this rock is less gray as it shows in the photo, it’s more of a brown, and it’s prettier in person, but I still think it would have looked better with a base color underneath.


Here’s one I painted in all browns and tans…

It works a little better than the other rock without a base color underneath, but I don’t really like the mandala design as much.


I know I probably sounds like I’m being overly critical of them, but I really don’t mean to be, I’m just ‘writing out loud’ as I’m processing/learning/seeing what I feel works and what doesn’t as I’m traveling along in my little mandala journey here.  Thanks for traveling with me.



I’m still looking for round rocks…


Wishing you a happy Monday and a wonderful week ahead.



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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25 responses to “Mandala Monday – Earth Tones

  1. I think the rock speaks volumes. I’m glad you didn’t cover over it’s natural color. The tiles is gorgeous. You have incredible patience!!! ❤️

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  2. I love earth tones so I’m enjoying this round of mandalas. They all look good! And the first one looks great against the greenery in the background!

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    Wow! I think these are even better than the last ones! Love those colors!

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  4. Julie–these are beautiful! I especially like the colors on the tile. Yay! I like Mandala Monday.

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  5. The color combinations are so harmonious Julie. They bring a sense of peace. Lovely 💛

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  6. I see what you mean… it’s a learning curve, right? And there are no mistakes! I just realized that round stones are really rare in nature, aren’t they?

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    • Yes, I believe they are rare. Especially larger sized round stones, because by the time they become round from the motion of the waters from which they came, they have been worn down to a smaller size.

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  7. You didn’t fail. I like the muted tones picking up the stone colour

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  8. Love, love, love these!

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