Author Archives: Fiona Stolze

Mantangles and More Art Group Challenge Two

Our group has completed its second art challenge. And it was so different from the first one. So here we are again with a gallery of the submitted finished pieces. I’m going to share the brief with you to put you in the picture. Everyone was asked to create a mantangle (a zentangle-inspired mandala) on paper using a Sharpie. So no erasing. The finished piece was to be about 40cm x 40cm. The artist could either draw 5 random concentric … Continue reading

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Mantangles and More Art Group First Challenge

We completed our first challenge in the Mantangles and More group and I’d love to share the fruits of our undertaking here with you. I wanted to reawaken a group spirit that started quite a few years ago which was inspired by the Zentangle concept. I asked everyone to create mandalas in the same style and so the mantangle concept was born. This time around we are not only silk artists but a collection of creatives who use any medium … Continue reading

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Mantangles and More Art Group – First Challenge: Trigger Happy

Hi everyone! Thank you for coming on board and breathing life into this project again with me. I’m excited to share this first challenge for our Facebook group and see what emerges. Lakshmi and I sat down and had a good long think about what we could get started with. Here she is supporting me in the meditation. That’s quite a process in itself. This isn’t about creating something pretty that you will sit back and say – ‘Sweet!’ to.  … Continue reading

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Creating a Silk Altar Cloth in Firey Colours

I’ve just finished creating a lovely silk satin altar cloth with very firey colours and mandala design. I added some golden-coppery metallic accents for a nice sparkle and then took some photos. I’m sharing here with you both the finished item as well as an animated slideshow I created and posted on YouTube. Just click on the video screen to watch the animation. I rather like how it turned out. Please watch and let me know what you think. This … Continue reading

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Taking Some Time Out in Somerset

We were lucky enough to be able to take some time out recently from our daily routine and fly back over to the UK to visit our grown-up children. We rented a delightful cottage to the south of Street in Somerset – it really was a home away from home. It was lovely to lie in bed and listen to the sheep gently baaing away in the field right next door. In fact, we met many sheep on our stay … Continue reading

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Silk Painting with Gold Accents

I’ve been painting on silk for around 18 years now. My goodness – where does the time go? And yes, in that time I have covered a lot of ground. I’ve tried out lots of different techniques, and some of my experiments have ended up in the trash leaving me with a good-humoured sense of “Next!”. At quite an early point I began to create mandalas using gold liner as a resist and losing myself in lots of tiny details. … Continue reading

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The Classical Seven-Course Labyrinth on Silk

I’ve been painting some more bright, silky labyrinths and wanted to share the results with you. The one in these images is the classical seven-course labyrinth, which is constructed from 7 concentric circles around the centre point. There’s an amazingly simple geometry behind this design which I may share with you in another post. It was fun to learn how to draw one free-hand although I did use a template to create these silky images. A labyrinth is not the … Continue reading

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Remembering not to take it all personally

I was reminded again today not to take anything anyone else is doing personally. Not to take it on board. Not to take it to heart. Just let the other person do what they think they need to do, without me needing to go into self-defence. It really doesn’t matter if one of my kids is bad tempered. It’s absolutely fine if my partner is in a bad mood. And it’s okay if one of my work colleagues slept really … Continue reading

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Chakra Silk Paintings on a Snowy Sunday Afternoon

It’s a very snowy April afternoon, and it also happens to be a Sunday. So I thought – what better way to spend it than to start posting the recent photos I took of my chakra (energy centre) silk paintings. I’m going to share some of the photos of the process of creating them so you can see how they came about. And I will be sharing some information about the chakras in some posts to come. Watch this space. … Continue reading

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Silk Mandala Painting – starting to get creative again

It’s amazing how that creative urge just keeps on pushing its way back up to the surface no matter what other things I am doing. And since I don’t have the supplies that I used to, it lets me look at working with what is at hand, despite having grandiose ideas about how things should look. What a great analogy for life and being present to what is. I got hold of some small square canvases and created some silk … Continue reading

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