I am brand new to mandala dotwork but from the day I received my tools in the mail, I have not gone a day without dotting something! I have a list a mile long of objects I can dot in the future so I don’t think this hobby is going anywhere soon.
I saw an ad on Facebook for Dot Painting
(Yes, I’m the person those ads are made for!) which led me to purchasing a dotting tool kit from Mark’s Mandalas. The nice thing about buying everything in one kit is that I could just sit down and begin. There was no hunting (or ordering) of paint. He has some practice squares of coated paper with markings on them and when you visit his blog his included video course takes you right through the steps you need to make your first mandala.
As soon as I had practiced on his included practice sheets I went straight to random pieces of cardboard that were lying around the house. This was unsatisfying, on many levels, the worst of which is that cardboard is very absorbent so the dots did not end up looking very attractive. However, it was nice to be practicing on something I definitely did not care about.
Why did I start doing this dot painting thing?
My actual idea when I decided to start dotting was to make art rocks and deliver them to neighbors with a nice note during this Corona-time. We have had so many pretty and generous gifts dropped off at our front door, all anonymously, and I wanted to do the same! So, the first rock was made for my friend, Becky, who lives just down the street. In some ways I feel bad because she got my first effort and I got better – fast. But, she doesn’t seem to mind!
Oops…Be Careful Before I Order More Supplies
That day, or the day after, my sister stopped by. She is an incredible artist and someone who knows a whole lot about a whole lot of different materials and tools so I really respect her opinion. She was not happy to hear that I had ordered this set of paints from Michael’s as she has bottles and bottles of paint at home. I was duly chastened.
She also requested that I make her a rock which I set out to do. This rock below is only the second gift I made for someone but a sister is a good place to practice. However, would you like to know where she keeps this boulder? The dashboard of her car. No joke. She and I differ on whether that is a good idea or not.
I’m Hooked on Dot Work Inspiration
After only having dotted a couple of rocks, I was hooked. So hooked that I found myself staying up till 2 a.m. One night, I kid you not, I got back up out of bed because I had an idea of how to make a raised dot in a new way. I spent way too much time (not enough time) watching YouTube videos and being completely enthralled by the many artists who have taken dot painting to a whole new level. (To be inspired at an epic level – go check out Kelly Theresa!)
I’ll leave you with a tile that was created after watching one completely enthralling YouTube video from Lydia May on how to dot with random objects you can easily find at home! I have shared this video with at least ten friends and almost every single one has gone on to try it out for themselves or with their kids.
This tile isn’t perfect, but it was so much fun to make! Even if I stayed up till 2 a.m……..