Below: I began with some Prussian Blue ink around the edges and sides and added a lot of white ink in the center of the canvas, I usually have a spray bottle of water handy to keep the surface wet and just let the inks blend into each other...
Then I decided to play with some drops of alcohol (becoming a habit I think!) ;)
Added some Burnt Umber and Sepia inks around the outside edges.
After letting the above layer dry, I added some Crimson ink (my favourite colour for sure :D)
Then "Flame Red" and a bit of "Flame Orange" to the mix...splattering the runoff back on to the canvas with my hands...messy but fun! ;) Satisfied with this as my background, I let it dry and got started on the mandala design...
As I was creating the design, I tried to incorporate a few "earthly elements" such as plant life, drops of water, air bubbles and pebbles etc. Here's a few pics of the mandala progression below...
And here is the finished piece! I hope you like it and enjoyed seeing some of the process pics! :)
Earth Elements Mandala
Mixed Media on Canvas