Monday, 26 May 2014

Islamic inspired mandalas

When I began designing mandalas I tended to just make it up as I went along, but I soon found that I had better luck if I used source materials. I came across some pictures of beautiful Islamic tiles and had a go at translating the designs into mandalas. This is the first one I did.


Mandala inspired by Islamic tile

As you can see, it's more or less a copy of the tile I found, which is a 15th Century Islamic tile in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Blue, brown and cream Islamic tile

I did a couple of other similar ones, and then I found a picture of a beautiful carved wall tile from the Alhambra Palace in Spain. This is the tile:

Intricate carved design in Islamic style

And this is the mandala I designed based on it. I tried to keep the colours neutral as I didn't feel the intricate design needed much colour.

Brown and fawn mandala


1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous. I think we should go visit Spain just so you can get some more inspiration, lol.
    xx

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