Mandala Monday ~ Christmas Ornaments

I’ve been back in painting mandalas mode over the past couple of weeks making Christmas ornaments as gifts for friends and family.  I’ve had a lot of fun painting them and I really hope they like them.  Here are a few of the designs I created.  They’re all a bit similar, especially color-wise (red, green and white), but each one is different…

The ornaments I used were clear glass, so they pick up whatever is in the background.  It really affects the look of the design and I’m not sure if I like that or not.  I tried using an etching cream on one of them to create a frosted glass look, but omygosh that was a complete fail.

The lighting wasn’t the greatest trying to photograph them indoors, so I brought them outside and snapped a few photos of them hanging from the branches of my arborvitae…

I don’t know if you can tell in the photo, but I put fake snow in the bottom of this next one.  I thought it’d be a whimsical way of providing ‘snow’ for loved ones who don’t get snow where they live…

I also put rhinestones in the center of some of them for those who might like a bit more bling, but at the time of this post, I’ve already wrapped them up for giving and don’t have a good picture to share.  Oh wait, here’s one…

It’s not very sparkly in the photo, a real crystal would look prettier, but I couldn’t find any flat-backed ones in the proper size.

I made them in two different sizes and the details got a bit muddled up trying to paint the tiny dots on the smaller ones, so they don’t look as nice blown up in a photo, but they’re pretty and dainty in person.

Due to the same color scheme, they all started feeling like they looked too much alike, so I tried to create different patterns, at the same time as keeping the person I was making them for in mind.  This one turned out be sort of a star burst design…

A few of the recipients of these ornaments follow my blog and I’m hoping they don’t see this post before they receive their ornaments, but I wanted to share because it’s one of the things I’ve been up to lately.

I know I’ve been a bit absent from my WordPress community this December (posting and reading) and I’m sorry I haven’t had the chance to stop by your blogs as much, but please know this… I’ve still thought of a great many of you quite often during this time, truly I have, and I’ve been sending love and good vibes your way as you’ve come to mind.

Please be well my friends.  Sincerely wishing you all that is good and lovely in this world, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and lots of love to you and yours…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1

 

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35 responses to “Mandala Monday ~ Christmas Ornaments

  1. So very pretty! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and those who mean the most to you

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  2. These are beautiful Julie and very festive! I admire your mandala skills. 🙂 Happy Holidays! ❤

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  3. Beautiful artistry Jewels and richest blessings to you and the ones you love for this Christmas 😊

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  4. These are beautiful, Julie! Your friends and relatives are very lucky to receive one of these treasures. ❤

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  5. Julie, you are such an artist! I hope everyone loves their ornament–they are beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family. ❤

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  6. Beautiful mandala jewels. Happy Holidays! 💕

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  7. These are beautiful.. Merry Christmas 🙂

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  8. Those are beautiful. I’m sure the recipients will feel the care and love you have put into each creation.

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  9. So beautiful – must have taken hours! Did you use acrylic paint and a special dotting tool?

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  10. Stunning. No pressure to keep abreast of my posts

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  11. These are brilliant Julie! What patience and talent my friend 💕

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  12. Absolutely beautiful! Ever thought of selling them??

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  13. Jewels! Those are gorgeous! I cannot believe the quality of detail in the painting, and my, you must have a steady hand! They’re gorgeous!
    Love and light to you and yours ❤

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