View Full Version : Painting a Perfect Circle repeat

06-01-2015, 10:28 AM
Let's see if I can post this link (https://www.etsy.com/listing/218899874/hand-painted-rainbow-dot-mandala-on-a?ref=listing-shop-header-1) to another stone mandala artist. How does she get each circle exact? (https://www.etsy.com/listing/218647600/custom-mandala-stones-painted-with?ref=listing-shop-header-3) Do you think it's with a brush, or is there a template, stencil or stamp type tool involved? And what acrylic paint do you think she uses?

My stones aren't quite up to par yet...and I'm getting actual beach stones so they aren't quite as porous. I use Liquitex soft body, hard body or other artist grade acrylic paint. I use matte sealer and also prime them with matte sealer. Nothing student grade ever. I'm in Kansas City so drying time takes a bit longer cause it's humid here.


06-01-2015, 11:02 AM
Looked at the sample. Seems like craft paint would work well for that.

How painted? Don't have a clue. My best guess would be a set of stencils, but that's just a guess.

Charlie's Mum
06-01-2015, 04:54 PM
I don't think they are perfect!
She has probably been painting them for some time and, as we know, practice makes perfect (or almost!)

Try a brush (though another thread you made suggests you have already done that) ........... have you tried cotton buds?
Another thought is to put paint into a dropper and drop the circles on - you'd need to experiment with consistency!:)

06-01-2015, 05:02 PM
A dropper! Great idea.

At the pharmacy you can also get syringes without the needle, down to very tiny ones. The markings would allow you to be very consistent in the amount of paint you apply. It would have to be very fluid, though.

06-01-2015, 08:47 PM
The change of paint to the Deco art patio paint made all the difference in the world. The paint dries fast. I have a circle stencil. I know it won't be what hers are, for a while. But the paint made all the difference in the world. it adheres, and it dries.

06-01-2015, 09:36 PM
Looked at the sample, they are not perfect, I agree with Maureen.
I think she uses an eye dropper for the most part, they are not perfect either,
but if you get the paint consistent in thickness (I would try the craft paint too), and a dropper that works well, you should be able to do what she does. :D

06-02-2015, 07:28 AM
Not one of them is perfect, and some are very mis-shapen. However, this is what contributes to its beauty. Perfection is boring.

06-02-2015, 07:54 AM
The link I sent you wasn't my inspiration to do this. This (https://instagram.com/p/3UtJIiyBPC/?taken-by=elspethmclean) is what I want to build up to. Elspeth is a real artist. Her rocks are $80 on Etsy. I figured out how she does the ombre paint. She paints them flat first. Let's them dry. Then goes back with a dropper, to the mix, like one drop yellow, one drop white, or one drop blue, one drop white and creates the bump. You cannot create the bump in the first round in the beginning. With each row, there's one drop less of white until it's dark. Like in this blue rock in this link. I started one last night but made the center bubble. I can't go on until the center is dry cause my circles won't be good so I need to use a stencil. Elspeth just uses a brush no stencil. The first link is someone learning how to do it. There's a woman in Hawaii that can do it also....haha, they have access to beach rocks. I have to buy or order mine or find them in landscaping. I hate stealing businesses rocks. lol. So Saturday I'm going to buy 30 of them from a landscaping company.

06-02-2015, 08:52 AM
This looks very much like Aboriginal dot painting, here are a couple of links on you tube that show you how to do it HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIRSRzmfVnw&list=RDSoq4M_hu-Nc&index=3) and HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JQkinXVd1s)
I hope this helps

06-06-2015, 08:32 PM
I bought Patio paint,and I've made 2 of them.I found a landscaping place that let's me choose the rocks I want,and I bought 20 for $3. I paint my circles free hand, and also use the tiniest paint brush for dots. I love painting mandalas on stones, it's so much fun.

Mike L
06-06-2015, 09:07 PM
...How does she get each circle exact...

My guess is the artist is using a brush, possibly one that was altered to fit the project. I picture something similar to a stencil brush dipped in paint then gently dabbed on the stone just once for the general circle shape and then twisted to give the circle a crisp clean edge all the way round. Probably takes a lot of practice to get that edge. Some of the inner circles appear to be definite brush strokes.


06-06-2015, 09:25 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2015/1468944-11205041_10205929323564964_7638862970188422043_n.jpg On her videos it shows her using a regular brush. But i found a rounded thing made for that purpose. Those little circles become addictive,and I can see why she paints so many mandala stones. Here's rock #2. I've already made #3. I've not made one that is dimensional yet.

Mike L
06-08-2015, 11:12 AM
Tossing in another method I saw on TV last night. Show was How It's Made and the item being made was a powered dummy for one of those Halloween scary houses that are so popular. The head and face were the only really detailed part, and once scene showed the artist dabbing a little dot of paint in the eye with the non-brush end of a paint brush. I think they said the end had been sharpened.

Might be worth a try. :thumbsup:


06-08-2015, 11:30 AM
That's really cool! I might try that.