I started using gel pens to create free-hand kaleidoscopic designs in 2003. I find inspiration everywhere, from traditional Tibetan mandalas to furniture details, art nouveau, ethnic art, and nature scenes. My favorite pens are Gelly-Roll pens by Sakura. I usually use different kinds of acid-free paper or mat board, but sometimes I experiment with home-made papers.
I sometimes use the word “mandala” to describe my designs, especially when they start in the center and spiral outwards. “Mandala” is Sanskrit for circle, a symbol of wholeness. Meditating on circular designs is said to promote healing because it helps us concentrate onorder instead of chaos. I have found that the act of creating these designs also focuses my thoughts towards forgiveness and gratitude.
Although all my work is free-hand, I sometimes use Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro 7 to manipulate the designs and make digital images for greeting cards and other products.
Most of my works are for sale. They range in size from 24×24 inches to 2×2 inch hanging ornaments.
Being able to create a design of any size with an incredible amount of detail which is pleasing to the eye makes me happy!
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