Making Mandalas

Here I explain a little about the process I follow for making mandalas, such as those I will create for backers of my Kickstarter campaign for the Light Chaser project.

I begin with an image that has colors I like, usually two dominant colors that coordinate well. I crop the image to a square proportion.

Flower Square
Flower Square

I apply a Photoshop filter called Pixelate (mezzotint), then I apply a radial blur filter.

Flower Blur
Flower Blur

Next, I use the Distort-Twirl filter to create my main building block.

Flower Twirl
Flower Twirl

After duplicating this layer so that I have four copies, I flip or rotate three of the layers, so that I can place them into four corners, and the edges mirror each other.

Flower Four Corners
Flower Four Corners

I merge the layers into one, then duplicate the image. I rotate the duplicate by ninety degrees, then select a blending mode (usually either “darken” or “lighten” works best). This gives a four-point mandala.

Flower Four Point
Flower Four Point

Once again, I merge the layers, create a  duplicate, then rotate the duplicate by 45 degrees. One final blend, and I have my mandala image, in this case, an eight-point mandala.

Flower Mandala Final
Flower Mandala Final

Here’s a video that goes through the steps.

 

 

 

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