New Mantangle Silk Painting Challenge: July – August 2012

It’s that time again and here we are, ready to take on our next challenge. But first of all, huge gratitude to all those of you who took part in the first Mantangles silk painting challenge.

I’m not going to go into all the details of how this started. Suffice to say that I documented it all in some earlier posts, and so I’d love you to go and read up and see where all of this came from.

So first of all, here’s the original post I made – your first job is to read it and watch the video to see the technique: How the Mantangles Challenge Came to Be

The next link shows you the magnificent work that the 6 artists who accompanied me created. Have a look and be inspired: The First Mantangle Silk Painting Challenge is Complete

And next, you’re going to find out what we’ve got in store for our new challenge for the next two months.

Magenta yellow and cyan mantangle challenge

What is the new challenge?

This one is going to be a bit trickier because I am setting quite strict parameters to see what you can do within them. We are only working with the primary colours, ie. magenta (fuchsia), yellow and cyan (not the traditional red, yellow and blue).

The mantangle itself is to be created using only 2 primaries. And the background is to be painted with the 3rd one. The choice is yours which ones you use where.

You can’t combine any of the primaries, so if your mantangle is painted with magenta and yellow, there can’t be any oranges of any description. Likewise if it’s cyan and yellow, there can’t be greens and limes. Get creative and see how this one unfolds.

NOTE: you will work with 3 dyes only. You may dilute them but nothing else. No mixing. No different shades of yellow. One yellow which you can use straight out of the bottle or thinned down. :-))

Again, the main design is circular with a coloured background. Please watch the original YouTube video to see how your design is to be created within the mandala.

How big is my piece of artwork to be?

The original suggestion was 45cm x 45cm (approx. 18″ x 18″). I did a larger one because I had a frame already made up but it obviously takes all that much longer to complete. Bear in mind that there is a lot of smaller detail in a ‘Mantangle’.

How long do I have to complete my piece?

You have nearly 5 weeks this time to create your piece. The deadline is July 31st.

What technique can I use?

Any one that you feel moved to express yourself through.

How can I take part?

By adding your name to the comments box below this thread and declaring you’re in. That makes you accountable. I will then add you to our dedicated group.

Once we all got going with our first Mantangles it was such a lot of fun. It’s amazing when you get involved in a challenge that takes you into a completely different space. This is about letting go and experimenting. It’s mandala art with a difference.

I’m so looking forward to having you all take part with us this time. If you have any questions, just ask in the box below and I’ll be sure to respond. Thanks.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: make sure you connect with me on Facebook after you sign in and I will add you to our group. Signing up for this challenge will be open until JULY 5th. Thanks. 馃檪

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41 Responses to New Mantangle Silk Painting Challenge: July – August 2012

  1. Pingback: Art Gallery of the Mantangle Silk Painting Challenge July – August 2012 | Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

  2. Anderson says:

    This was a fun challenge I can’t wait to see the results of all the work done.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Anderson. So did I and really looking forward to seeing them all together. 馃檪

  3. Penny says:

    Hi Fiona

    Let me know when you issue the next challenge, would love to have ago!

    May try this one just for fun!


    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Penny

      Lovely to hear you’d like to join in. We are just completing the mantangles for this challenge tomorrow and during August I will be presenting the pieces in the blog. The next challenge is due to start at the beginning of September so we’d love to have you on board. x

  4. Hi Fiona,
    Question: The heading says July-August Challenge, but deadline is July 31st?
    I was hoping to come up with something & START it at the SPIN Santa Fe Festival, but guess I’ll have to wait till your next challenge. No way I can do this in and get ready for travel in the less than two weeks before Santa Fe, and don’t get back to Boston til late on the 28th.

    BtW, Not all of us are professionals, in the sense of doing this for pay/painting all the time/used to doing production work. There are certainly a lot of people on the SPIN FB & Silk Mantangles who do a lot of production work and can probably knock this out in a day or two. But I think there are also a lot of people who are not as experienced, but would also love to tackle such a challenge, just not within a 5-week period where one of those weeks (not including travel time) is already booked, and there are national holidays, etc. in the middle. Maybe you could present a challenge with a greater time frame for those of us who are less experienced but would like to participate.

    Just an idea. 馃檪

    Karin Joy Sprecher

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Karin

      Lovely to hear from you. And thanks for your feedback. Yes, this challenge will be responded to by both those who paint a lot and those who don’t. That’s what’s so lovely about it.

      And remember, you can make this as large or as small as you want. 16″ square is perfect. Fewer details are fine too. Whatever you feel you can cope with.

      I hear what you’re saying about having more time but I think 5 weeks is a long time to be working on a piece otherwise the momentum can easily get lost.

      The deadline is July 31st and then all pieces get submitted. I take them and make a blog post out of them and then that appears, runs for a bit to share the energy around until the next challenge comes out. I am still to complete a short video presentation I made of the first challenge too. The extra time in August is really for me in preparation time for that. 馃檪

      I really hope you can join us next time Karin. It would be lovely to have you on board. Just do with it as you feel moved to do. Thanks. x

  5. Sandy Hopper says:

    Ok,ok you have hooked me !! LOL count me in! This will be great fun
    Thanks for the summer fun!

  6. Ron Gutman says:

    OK, OK…I understand that we cannot combine these colors to form new color but can we use shades and tints of these colors? I will say that these are not favored colors to work in, but we shall see what develops.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      You can dilute them Ron. 馃檪 Using the primaries is the whole challenge. I’ve never done this in this form before either. Let’s see what happens.

  7. Hajdu Andrea says:

    Szeretn茅k csatlakozni 茅n is.

  8. Hajdu Andrea says:

    Csatlakozok ha m茅g lehet:-)

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Hajdu – I’m guessing you said you like this a lot. I would love to include you. Do you speak English? And could you please connect with me on Facebook? Thanks so much. 馃檪

      • Judy Szab贸 says:

        She means she would like to join too Fiona 馃檪

        • Fiona Stolze says:

          Thanks a lot for that Judy x – Hajdu, you’re in too. I’ll make sure we get connected on FB so that you can join the group we work in together. 馃檪

  9. Judy Szab贸 says:

    Fiona, is it compulsary to use two colors for the mantangle or is one primary also OK?
    By the way I am trying my best to be in.

  10. Anderson says:

    I am in this time, think life will start to calm down.

  11. Ready, willing and able. My Mantra for the Mantangle challenge. Thanks Fiona

  12. Jeannine says:

    all my favorite colors! perfect!

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Jeannine – you’re in too. I need to be able to connect with you on Facebook. Send me a friend request and I can add you. 馃檪

  13. Kathy MC says:

    I think I will try this again; right on the silk. 馃檪

  14. Rowena McManus says:

    Hi i would love to try this

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Rowena – lovely, you’re in. I’m going to add you to our FB group. See you there. 馃檪

  15. Tina Lane says:

    Oh yes count me in too!! Just one question Fiona. Can we use either gold or silver resist or does it need to be one of the 3 colours mentioned? Thanks : )

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Great, you’re in too Tina. And yes, whatever liner you want. Just as long as the dyes or paints are the primaries. 馃檪

  16. Mary Ann Holley says:

    I’m ready to except this mission!

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