Marbled Mandala

elle marbling I received the most wonderful gift in my inbox the other day. Artist elle Warren (and no, she does not capitalize her first name...which I just love!) took my Experience the Tank marbling class this summer. She brought with her stretched canvas that she wanted to marble on. Marbling on canvas, specifically when it's already stretched, can be a bit a tricky (especially for a beginning marbler), but once you figure out what works and doesn't work (and how to lay it down without getting air bubbles), you can have a lot of fun with it. As a talented artist already, elle took to marbling instantly and created some spectacular pieces in class...both on canvas and on paper. When I asked her what she intended to do with her creations, she said she wanted to incorporate them into her art. I was so excited to hear that and asked her to keep me in the loop on her work.

elle's Marbled Mandala

So you can imagine my pure delight when I got an email from her with the above photo. The second I saw it, I gasped. Is it not just amazing?! She created a mandala on the marbled canvas. What an appropriate pairing of artistic styles (why didn't I think of that?!!)! Just beautiful!

It makes me so happy to see people like elle and Steve embrace the art of marbling, find a place for it in their creative hearts and talented hands, and take me along for the ride. This is my hope ~ my ultimate dream ~ for this ancient art form: to find new friends in this modern world who will bring it to new levels.