This butterfly mandala will be a coloring page in my upcoming Nature Mandalas Coloring Book. I colored this butterfly mandala with Copic markers, Prismacolor colored pencils, and glittery Sakura gel pens.

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Comment by cheekyjane on May 25, 2014 at 8:59pm

wow...lovely...xx

Comment by Pat on May 25, 2014 at 9:13pm

Nice Thaneeya!

Comment by Bob Cleary on May 25, 2014 at 9:15pm

Very pretty; I love the symmetry.

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on May 25, 2014 at 10:10pm

Thank you Cheekyjane, Pat and Bob!! :)

Comment by Bette-Jane Schnabel on May 25, 2014 at 11:36pm

Terrific!! I am going to have to shop for my grandkids from your color books, etc. You have a gift!! 

Comment by Nelson Failing on May 26, 2014 at 3:04am

How do you get things so even and consistent all around?....do you have to measure out things?

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on May 26, 2014 at 8:58pm

Thanks BJ and Nelson! The coloring books will be published later this year, so I'll be sure to post in the Strut Your Stuff group when they are available! :)

Nelson, for this mandala I drew most of the elements (butterflies and shapes) on my iPad and then transferred the images onto my laptop where I arranged the images using Adobe Illustrator and then copied and rotated them into position. Well, that's it in a nutshell, the actual process was a bit more complicated then that. :) I've found that Illustrator is an awesome program for creating mandalas because it does make it much easier to achieve symmetry and consistency!

Comment by Pat on May 26, 2014 at 9:18pm

Is Adobe Illustrator free Thaneeya?

Comment by Nelson Failing on May 26, 2014 at 10:24pm

It sounds like a lot of work to me LOL....maybe I should explore that app especially when wanting to achieve symmetry and consistency in a piece....we'll see....LOL

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on May 28, 2014 at 8:22pm

Hi Pat and Nelson, I subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud and have access to Adobe Illustrator that way. It's $50/mo so it's not cheap but I use Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver all the time so it's worth it for me. There is a free vector program called Inkscape you could look into.

I think vector programs like Illustrator and Inkscape are not very intuitive though (meaning most people probably wouldn't be able to open the program and start using it effectively right off the bat without learning how about all its features first). I took an online course on Lynda.com to learn how to use Illustrator - about 30 hours of video - and it was well worth it! :)

Thanks again for your comments!

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