New Speed Drawing Videos on my YouTube Channel

mandala drawing on sketchbook gold and silver pens youtube video

Hey guys! If you didn’t know I actually have a Youtube channel.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with making some fun time-lapse art videos to share with you all. Here are a few I’ve uploaded recently.

Drawing on my sketchbook using dollar store pens.

Filling in a map of the U.S.A. with mandalas.

Filling in map of Canada with mandalas and other doodles.

Do you guys like these kinds of videos? I will probably make more in the future so make sure you subscribe to my Youtube channel.

Hope you’re having a great summer! I will be going on haitus for a few weeks so I won’t be posting any new blog posts, but will have lots of new content for you starting in September. See you then!

Check out more of my artwork here and shop my designs!

You can also follow me over on Instagram where I will still be posting daily content throughout the rest of the summer.

Cheers,

Julie

8 Instagram Art Accounts You Should Be Following

8 instagram art accounts to follow

Hey guys! Today I’d like to share 8 of my favourite art accounts on Instagram. You should follow them if you’re into art, graphic design or just looking at pretty things in general!

von.kowen

Von Kowen’s designs are dark and macabre, with lots of clean graphic lines in black and white. Occult symbolism, mysticism and astrology are featured in her work. She showcases her designs on t-shirts and other wares for sale through her Print on Demand shops, and looks super cool doing it all.

Purelifephotoss

Purelifephotoss is a brand created by Abby Juli who is a self-labelled “creative rebel”. Her designs are very graphic and often combine art and symbolism with uplifting text and quotes. Much of her work is inspired by animals and mental health awareness. Her designs are available through several Print on Demand shops which are showcased on her profile.

Awaarts

Awaarts is known for her really unique and interesting surreal art. She creates fantastical creatures and beings through drawing, mixed media, sculpture and more. Her bright and colourful artwork is sold on prints and more through Print on Demand sites, some of which is showcased on her profile.

anishacreations

Ana, aka anishacreations is known for being able to make just about anything adorable. Follow her page for a daily dose of cute. Sometimes she posts animations as well along with music, which are guaranteed to brighten up your day.

Belettelepink

Belettelepink is known for her animal art which is expressed through drawing and painting. She mainly focuses on wild animals, especially mustelids, which is a family of animals including weasels, badgers, ferrets and more. Her work is often displayed on products for sale through her various print on demand shops. Sometimes she hosts art challenges like her #wolvesofthworld2019 which are fun to participate in.

Hundilaul

Hundilaul aka Anaya’s work is very graphic and she does a lot of detailed pattern work. She has a wide variety of bright and colourful patterns and mandalas which are displayed on products from her Print on Demand shops.

Pahleeloola

Pahleeloola is known for her graphic poster designs featuring prominent historical figures along with their inspiring quotes. She also shares snapshots of her life, photography, and more on her account so there is a good variety of posts to inspire you.

Darkhysteriaco

Darkhysteriaco is known for her black and white graphic illustrations combining occult and wiccan imagery. Her crisp and clean line work is displayed prominently on prints, enamel pins, apparel and more with a wiccan aesthetic.

I hope you’ve found some interesting artist’s accounts to follow on Instagram.

You can also follow my own Instagram account below!

julieerindesigns

Free Printable Grid Template for Drawing Patterns

mandala grid template pattern worksheet

Hey guys, I’ve created another free download-able template to help you with your art! This printable grid template I created to help draw patterns to use for mandalas or other artwork.

This grid template is a great way keep track of patterns to use for future mandala drawings and also to practice your drawing techniques.

You can download and print off this template then either draw straight on it or trace underneath another sheet of paper.

Use the one with dark lines to trace and the one with lighter lines to draw straight on it.

pattern drawing grid template

Click here to download the light grid to draw patterns straight on the page.

Click here to download the dark grid to use for tracing.

I also have worksheets to help you draw mandalas as well, check them out here!

Pattern drawing can be a nice soothing and calming activity, similar to making mandalas or zentangle inspired artwork.

I hope you find this grid template useful. Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below! You can also tag me in your creations on Instragram @julieerindesigns.

Cheers!

Julie

3D Printed Mandala Art?!

Can you turn a 2D mandala drawing into 3D printed artwork? Apparently, yes.

My boyfriend has a 3D printer so we thought it would be fun to see if one of my mandala designs could be printed in 3D! We also made a video out of the process.

Check out the timelapse video above to see my mandala art being drawn by a machine!

The original mandala design was drawn by hand and then scanned to the computer. I used Adobe Illustrator to turn the image into a .stl file, which is the file type used for 3D printing. To do this I exported the file as .svg from Illustrator and then used a website called SVG to STL to turn it into the correct file type.

The finished result of the 3D printed mandala is pictured below:

3d printed mandala

The mandala is only a couple centimeters thick. It’s pretty flat so I’ve actually been using it as coaster! It also could be some sort of window art or other decoration. Honestly it was just an experiment so I have no real plan for it otherwise.

3d printed mandala art

I think it’s pretty cool to use new technology for art. What do you guys think? Would you be interested in seeing more videos of 3D printed mandalas or other things? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers,

Julie

Glowing Gone – Help Save the World’s Coral Reefs with Art

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing some digital art I created for the Glowing Gone campaign.

This is a campaign sponsored by The Ocean Agency, Adobe Stock and Pantone raising awareness about the mass die off of coral due to warming ocean temperatures. Over 50% of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years, due to human activity!

Amazingly, some corals give off beautiful bright colours as a last-ditch attempt to survive these oceanic heatwaves.

The Glowing Gone campaign has called for artists to create work supporting this initiative, using the specific colour palette created by Pantone for it.

Want to create art that means something? Want to help save the oceans coral which is dying at an alarming rate? Check out the Glowing Gone campaign and create something yourself to help spread awareness of this major problem which will certainly affect the future of our planet!

If you wind up creating something for this campaign I’d love to see your work! Tag me @julieerindesigns on Instagram or @julieerindesign on Twitter in your entries!

Let’s save the world together!

Cheers,

Julie

See more of my art here or shop my designs!

What is a Mandala and How to Draw One

what is a mandala and how to draw one

What is a mandala?

The word mandala literally means “circle” in Sanskrit, but they are so much more than that. Mandalas are beautiful geometric images that represent the circle of life, the universe, divine power, synchronicity and more.

Evidence of mandalas date back to the first century B.C. However, they are likely much older than that. Mandalas have been found all over the world, from India to South America. They are a common symbol in many religions including Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity.

Christian Mandalas Rose Window Sainte Chapelle Chapel in Paris
Rose Window Mandala in Sainte Chapelle Chapel in Paris

Today, mandalas are used around the world as a meditative art practice. They utilize a combination of radial balance and abstract patterns to mesmerize the artist and viewer alike.

Why draw mandalas?

Drawing mandalas can be a tranquil and meditative experience. They are often used in Art Therapy as a way to disconnect from stress and anxiety. They help the artist concentrate on being present in the moment.

Drawing intricate patterns is also a great way to improve hand-eye coordination.

Drawing mandalas is easy and fun, and the end result is unique and beautiful.

How to draw a mandala

There are many different ways to draw mandalas.

You can draw them completely free hand, or use a template. You can create your own template by using a compass and a ruler, or you can download the templates I created here.

Generally when drawing a mandala you start from the center and work your way out.

mandala drawing template
Drawing a mandala using my template

Incorporate different geometric patterns into your mandala as it expands outwards.

You can use many different materials to create mandalas. Pen and paper is the most obvious. However, people create mandalas from sand, rocks, leafs, crochet, yarn, and many other materials.

yarn mandalas diy craft project kids
Mandala made with yarn. aka Ojo De Dios or “God’s Eye”

It’s a good idea to keep a sketchbook or even a Pinterest Board with different patterns to refer back to for future mandala drawings.

Learn more about the history and religious uses of mandalas here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about mandalas, and how and why you should draw them!

Cheers,

Julie