The sides looked great, but I was drawing a blank on the top? That’s when the thought of a Mandala came to mind. Recently, I’ve been playing around with Mandalas in my journals. Have you ever heard of a Mandala? I was reintroduced to them through a webpage called Art-Is-Fun where artist Thaneeya McArdle has created fun coloring pages and designs to inspire you (plus, she has a ton of other fantastic stuff too). So, I knew this piece was calling out for a Mandala, not a real busy one, but a simple one, and that's what I decided to draw on the top.
I did this by using tracers. A few months ago while wondering around our local bargain center I picked up this large box of strange sized file folders (really cheap!). I use file folders to make stencils or tracers. I found a small Mandala that I liked in a chunky graphics book I have that I often use for insperation and drew out the design onto a blank folder. I cut them out and then traced them on the table top. I did this to create a somewhat of a uniformed look.
I then colored in the form with the different patterns that I used throughout the sides of the piece, allowing the flowers to become the center focal piece.
I added a swirly handle for extra fun (Hobby Lobby 50% off $1.50) and my piece was finally complete.
I did decide to keep the cow print and the lone star on the back, a whisper of the previous design, plus in some quirky way it worked.
Have you ever tried creating a Mandala? They are so much fun to color! You’ll have to try them out.