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Video: Athena Mandala

The watercolored purple Athena mandala began as a pitt pen doodle in a 5x8" watercolor moleskine. I'm always interested in exploring more, more, more creative things to do. So using the video mode on the Nikon D90 DSLR and a tripod, I filmed myself drawing this mandala.

It was edited in iMovie, then uploaded to YouTube... but the quality was worse (it's not huge, so it's not a compression issue), so I tried Vimeo and the quality is clearer but I obviously still have a lot of things to learn. So I will continue playing with these tools and make some more videos. The original is of better quality - you can see the ink lines clearly - but here many of the lines are out of sync. So my apologies for the quality, but I wanted to share my fun.

I like learning technology by figuring out how to do a project I want to do, rather than via a tutorial of a project someone else does. So in this process, I learned the basics of iMovie, YouTube, Vimeo, finding copyright free music for videos, adding music to a video, creating title and end credits in photoshop... trial and error and lots of google searches! This took a LONG time! So if there is something you are curious about, there is nothing wrong with just jumping in. As they say, the water is fine.

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Reader Comments (9)

bravo! enjoyed the video and a peek inside your process - well done!

04.3.2010 | Unregistered Commenterstacy wills

Ooh, fun to watch! :)

04.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

OMG!!! Tammy that was awesome!! The video is only 3 minutes long (real time length???), and it looked like you didn't stop once! Amazing work!! I loved it!!

04.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

*Stacy and Emma, Thank you for watching, and for your positive support!

*Eden, It's 4x speed; the original video is about 12 minutes total, which is indeed faster than usual! The super detailed mandalas can take several hours over many days.

~ Tammy

04.4.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

Loved it! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

04.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaryl Howard

OMG, i love this. i have fallen in love with your drawings and have even begun to do some myself. having so much fun with them. i have challenged by family to "doodle" but they all insist that they can't. still working on them, LOL. it was so much fun watching you work, hope to see more videos soon.

04.4.2010 | Unregistered Commentermaryk

I love watching other people create art and this video was a good look at how you make mandalas. I really enjoyed it and would love seeing more. It would be fun to see how you make your art journal backgrounds and collages. Keep up the great work.

04.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissKoolAid

Fantastic. i loved seeing the process, I just might have to try one of these now.

04.6.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate Robertson

I love this video demo and am so happy I found the saved link in my bookmarks tonight just now as I have been looking all over and could not find it anywhere! When I saw this a few weeks ago I just had to try this technique on an ATC card and it is really inspirational and fun. Thanks so much for making this video.

04.24.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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