View Full Version : Stickerspray Mandala (UPDATE April 18)

11-11-2012, 02:14 PM
heya, I'm back with some stickerspray :D .. this time I made a mandala. I hope you like it!
I very much enjoyed creating all those sticker sprays and putting them together to form a mandala.
the original file is much larger and crisper, but oh well ... ;)

enjoy! [click to enlarge]

11-11-2012, 03:14 PM
Wonderful, I love mandalas!

Did you make the component stickers in Artrage? That's a very interesting technique.

Really great!


11-11-2012, 04:28 PM
Wonderful, I love mandalas!

Did you make the component stickers in Artrage? That's a very interesting technique.

Really great!


glad you like it, thank you Brett :)
and yes, all those stickers were created using ArtRage - I love making those things! :D
I either create them from scratch in ArtRage, or I take what has been shared by fellow ArtRagers in our Art Supplies forum and play with the settings, or I import old Photoshop brushes from back when I was still fiddling with PS :rolleyes:, or I use Inkscape or Alchemy to create shapes which I then import into ArtRage to create my stickerspray presets.
I also vary the stickerspray settings "on the fly" while painting, but I don't save every preset I use - it has become second nature for me to have the Spray Variation window open to be able to alter the settings of any stickerspray I use ...

... and when I got some free time I really can immerse myself in painting with stickerspray for hours! :D
here's another mandala I just made, I hope you like it as well!

enjoy! [click to enlarge]

11-11-2012, 08:06 PM
Creative use of a symmetry filter.

11-12-2012, 12:17 AM
Thats so beautiful and must have taken some time to do, well done:)

11-12-2012, 03:37 AM
Both are really beautiful !! Excellent texture. Your work on stickers is great.:):)

11-12-2012, 04:44 AM
Thats loooke very nice, but how did you do it? I hope once a day artrage did have an symmetrie tool like krita ;) with 2 (mirrored) .... or with 3, 4, 5 ....10 and more instances.

11-12-2012, 09:29 AM
Anj... your skill with this technique is amazing.. these are rich and full of depth and lead one on and into it ...you have truly taken a technique and pushed it deep into the spiritual in art.

11-12-2012, 11:17 AM
Looks like hours and hours of work well worth it!

11-14-2012, 09:30 PM
f a n t a s t i c !

D Akey
11-16-2012, 12:22 AM
A psychedelic doily. . . far out! Hahaha. No, kidding, but that's really cool!!!! But had you come out with that in the 60s, you could have written your own ticket as the coolest black light poster ever, if it were against black.

No, it's a really fine design. I love it just as it is. Very complete and eye catching. Bet it was fun to do.

11-19-2012, 01:24 PM
@ byroncallas ~ I've read your first comment before you edited it ... there's no "trade secret" ;) ... see below.
@ coops ~ yes it took me some time, thanks for looking and commenting :)
@ Silvy ~ thank you! :) glad you like those mandalas.
@ Gary ~ as you noticed, I love ArtRage stickerspray and I feel "at home" when using them. thank you for your kind comment :)
@ Shibui ~ thanks, much appreciated! :)
@ Caesar ~ thanks kindly :)
@ D Akey ~ unfortunately I wasn't able to create something like this during the sixties because I was too young back then :D ... thanks for stopping by, glad you like :)

@ Zeropainter ~ thank you :) ... I'm not familiar with Krita, but I used Sumo Paint to get the symmetry (kaleidoscope).

what I did was creating a painting in ArtRage using only stickerspray. I then imported the .png into SumoPaint to play with the kaleidoscope thingie, and exported back into ArtRage to make some final touches.

here's the original (100% AR stickerspray):



11-19-2012, 06:13 PM
The original is a lovely bit of sticker work. Personally, I like it better than the filter result. It's got a lot of whimsy and life and clearly took some doing. I love it.:D

11-21-2012, 12:59 PM
thank you byroncallas, to me the original work seemed too plump, and not "perfect" enough :D ...

I will post some more mandalas when I get the time, stay tuned! ;)

11-21-2012, 07:23 PM
thank you byroncallas, to me the original work seemed too plump, and not "perfect" enough :D ...

I will post some more mandalas when I get the time, stay tuned! ;)

I guess in the end that all intends on your personal goals for the piece. The filter, of course, gives you a certain kind of machine perfection and the mandalas are exceedingly beautiful. On the other hand, the original source piece is rich with the work of your hand and is, for me, much more fun to explore. It's asymmetry and the various choices you made, and the hurdles you obviously had to overcome are more richly perceived. So, I like the machine produced results in one context, and the source material in another context. But the most interesting to me (of course a personal like, and different people are different) is the original source material. I spent 10 minutes with it just wandering around in it and having fun, while maybe a minute with the filtered result which is "groked" very quickly. Certainly others will disagree. That's what makes horse races.


03-02-2013, 03:50 AM
heya, I want to update this thread with a new stickerspray mandala I made after reading RobertSWade's thread about Pai (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?43750-Pai). I remember when I was new to the forums, I've always admired Pai's paintings :)
I did a search for her postings to look at her wonderful paintings one more time, and I found a stickerspray she shared (which I missed back then when it was posted - so it was new to me), and I tried it out yesterday. Of course I used the new symmetry tool in AR4 :D plus a variety of my own stickersprays.

I am glad Pai returned to the forums :)

so here it is, my Feather Fur Mandala dedicated to Pai:
[click to enlarge]


I hope you like it ~ comments and critiques are welcome as always!

as the picture is not as sharp as the original, I'll show you a detail where you can see Pai's wonderful feather fur stickerspray more clearly.
~ get her stickerspray HERE (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?26718-Feather-Fur-Sticker) ~

[click to enlarge]


03-02-2013, 04:14 AM
Wonderful images MSIE! I didn't know what to call them until I read this post. Thanks for showing the zoomed in shot. I've been having lots of fun with ArtRage 4 and the stickers using the Symmetry tool.

03-02-2013, 04:22 AM
Aww, so beautifully and creative piece, MSIE, it's like you can touch it through the screen, so 3D look. I missed that. And thanks so much for your nice words. I am a very newbie now to AR4. You will be one of my instructors here to show me how to use all these fabulous tools. :D

03-02-2013, 04:35 AM
MSIE, you surely have a most wonderful knack for these. This is beautiful. And drawing on Pai's work for inspiration is, well, inspired. :)
Just great all around.

03-02-2013, 04:28 PM
Aunt Betsy, thank you :) I don't know if anyone else is calling them "stickerspray mandala" - it's a term I came up with when I started to create those things using AR SP 3.5 which did not have a symmetry tool ;)

Pai ~ yes, me too I love the 3D look of the stickersprays, the shadow settings really make it pop ;) ... although I am a newbie to AR4 as well (we all are! it's only been released two weeks ago), feel free to ask any questions :) thanks for your kind comment!

byroncallas ~ thank you for looking and commenting :) and yes I agree, I get inspired by beautiful things and if the creator of those things is sharing some essentials like Pai did with her feather/fur stickerspray preset, it's a pleasure for me to use them and create something beautiful as well :)

03-03-2013, 09:20 PM
These are all very beautiful, love them.:)

03-03-2013, 09:24 PM
great looking mandalas :)

03-04-2013, 09:25 AM
somehow missed this thread and the original mandala is one of the best I've seen. really amazing. also the new one with Pai's sticker is genial as well. excellent stuff.

03-10-2013, 02:54 PM
thank you drawing4art, justjean, and Albert for your kind comments! :) I'm glad you like those stickerspray mandalas - it's something I love doing, it's relaxing and fun ;)

here is another one I just finished, 100% AR4 stickerspray ... enjoy :)

Flowers and Pearls Mandala [click to enlarge]


03-10-2013, 08:17 PM
Love the pastel colours in this one, very nice.:)

03-12-2013, 02:58 AM
So very clever and what great colours:)

03-12-2013, 03:07 AM
The colours are so beautiful!

03-17-2013, 11:39 PM
drawing4art, coops, Ulla ~ thank you for your kind words :)

I made another one ... ;) I hope you like it!
100% AR4, mostly selfmade stickersprays; some symmetry plus round stencil for the outer frame (watercolour).

Red Fabric White Lace


the only symmetry I used was for the parts shown below, rest done by hand :eek:


03-18-2013, 12:26 AM
Love the red fabric white lace, the colours and the arrangement of the forms. So ornamental!

03-18-2013, 12:37 AM
These again are so beautiful and so clever, well done:)

03-18-2013, 01:16 AM
Very pretty! Very well done!

03-18-2013, 02:53 AM
How innovative use of this tool...:cool::cool::cool:

03-19-2013, 01:56 PM
Ulla, coops, Aunt Betsy, kenmo ~ thanks a lot for looking and commenting! :)

hopefully you will also like my new one, this time done with mosaic tiles ...? :)
I used Boxy's mosaic sticker spray (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?43451-Snippets-on-AR4&highlight=mosaic) as well as some of my own ones (one of them included in my Sticker Spray Presets for Symmetry (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?43818-StickerSpray-Presets-for-Symmetry)).

Mosaic Tiles Mandala [click to enlarge]


edit: sorry I got confused ... of course it's Boxy who kindly shared his mosaic sticker spray presets with us, not Fashmir ... :o

03-19-2013, 03:13 PM
Fantastic :)

03-19-2013, 03:23 PM
Wonderful. Beautiful design.
It looks like maybe you've got some of Sav's (Boxy's) mosaic tiles in there too?
Keep those babies coming.

03-19-2013, 05:15 PM
MSIE, just when I think your mandalas can't get any better than this,
you come up with this absolutely stunning one!

And oh man, I just love that turquoise colour. :):):)

03-19-2013, 05:21 PM
Oh oh, love it....
Now tell me....she asks as it spins upon the marble counter....What do you see?

I see a knight in shining armor picking yellow tulips.

I have just the thing for you....

White chocolate covered cashews.

lol, a beautiful mandala MSIE.:D

03-19-2013, 08:15 PM
justjean ~ glad you like it :)
byroncallas ~ thank you! and sorry I got confused ... of course it's Boxy who kindly shared his mosaic sticker spray presets with us, not Fashmir ... :o
hinket ~ thanks for the flattery :)
Alexandra ~ lol you have the gift of telling tales, made me smile! thank you :)

03-19-2013, 08:22 PM
I am in mandala heaven...love them all.

03-19-2013, 11:58 PM
Wow what wonderful colours, very well done, love em:)

03-20-2013, 12:11 AM
Just Gorgeous!

If you made it into a square tile you could make a sticker out of it and use it to makes lines of patterned tiles. 2nd generation stickers can be extraordinary.

03-20-2013, 02:54 PM
drawing4art ~ you're not the only one in Mandala Heaven! I think I will stay there for a while too ... ;)
coops ~ thanks kindly ... come join us! :D
Aunt Betsy ~ glad you like it, thank you :) ... although I prefer my stickers to be pure red (to get predictable colours), I've created some 2nd even 3rd generation stickers and had lots of fun :)

today (rather tonight :o) I had a go with Micmac's BrushMaker tool (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?44010-BrushMaker-1-0-beta) which I used to create some sticker sprays .. it's cool!
I used the square option to create the sticker, adjusted my spray variation settings, and this is the result: an Oyster Mandala!! :confused: :eek: ;)

I hope you like it! [click to enlarge]

Virginia Oyster Mandala


03-24-2013, 12:06 AM
heya :)
as it's very cold and windy outside, I am in need of some spring colours ... can't stand the snow anymore! :mad:

here is my "Spring Tangle" - I had fun with different mosaic sticker sprays ;) I hope you like it. comments and critique are welcome as always! :)

Spring Tangle [click to enlarge]


03-24-2013, 01:50 AM
It's so nice to see you created so many different mandala, it's kind of mediating when seeing this. Beautiful stuffs :)

03-24-2013, 03:16 AM
WHOOOOWWWW. mesmerizing works you have here. Would love to see a work in progress

03-24-2013, 03:19 AM
Your mandalas are awesome. Some look like embroidery, some like mosaic, I love them all!

03-24-2013, 03:30 AM
Beautiful! I has such an air of spring about it.

03-24-2013, 06:05 PM
The oyster and the spring tangle are both wonderful :)

03-24-2013, 10:30 PM
I love these MSIE, always so beautifully designed, and the palettes are superb as well.

03-24-2013, 10:31 PM
These are beautiful I really like the green one most though, so pretty :)

03-24-2013, 11:39 PM
That last one is a real beauty, well done:)

03-25-2013, 02:54 PM
Pai ~ thank you! yes, it's like meditation for me if I get into the mood to create a mandala :)

Orkhan ~ glad you like my mandalas! :) ... and YESSS I made some screenshots for you ... well ... it's NOT a tutorial NOR a WIP, but I made some screenshots and will try to explain what I did while creating my "Treasure Chest" Mandala. see below :)

Tana123 ~ thank you! I should update my "Digital Crocheting" (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?39503-Digital-Crocheting-(UPDATE-December-30)) thread, you might take a look if you like embroidery :)

Aunt Betsy, justjean, Alexandra, drawing4art, and coops ~ thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate your kind comments! :)

ok, so here is my "Treasure Chest" Mandala [please click HERE (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34840889/130317_Treasure%20Chest.png) to get full resolution - to be able to upload to the forums I had to torture the painting which resulted in fuzzyness ...:rolleyes:]


I hope you like it, comments and critique are welcome as always! :)

03-25-2013, 02:59 PM
Very very beautiful. Yes, the full size version is a must see to appreciate the effort fully. Well worth the click. Wonderful.

03-25-2013, 03:11 PM
here is how I did it ... :confused:

it all started with some unrelated doodles (as always!) :rolleyes: about 15 layers of random stuff ... lol
please excuse the poor resolution of the screenshots :o (done with the snipping tool in windows 8)


I even created a new sticker + sticker spray on the fly which I did not use in the final painting :rolleyes:


I used another of my sticker sprays and liked what I did ...


I created a background with the gradient fill tool:



03-25-2013, 03:17 PM
some enhancements ... more stickerspray, more layers :)





03-25-2013, 03:24 PM
blue blobs ;)


painting the middle section, adding dark airbrush to get a 3D look:


adding some golden bands in the middle:


... and some golden blobs:


03-25-2013, 03:39 PM
adding something which looks like crushed walnut for the yellow blobs to reside in ... lol


with symmetry still turned off I added some shadows around the blobs so they stop floating above their walnuts ;)


finally I added some more shadow, and my signature:


that's it! sounds simple - but took me a long time to complete :rolleyes: I had lots of fun, using many of ArtRage's tools (obviously sticker spray and symmetry, but also eraser, selection, gradient fill tool, airbrush, "add noise", adjust layer colours, dropshadow script etc). thanks for looking! :)

03-25-2013, 03:41 PM
Very very beautiful. Yes, the full size version is a must see to appreciate the effort fully. Well worth the click. Wonderful.

thank you! glad you like it :)

03-25-2013, 04:00 PM
Extraordinary MSIE!

03-25-2013, 04:46 PM
That is just gorgeous!

03-26-2013, 01:46 AM
Stunning work and thanks for the tut:)

03-26-2013, 01:20 PM
WOWOWOWOWOW MSIE, wonderful work!

03-26-2013, 04:42 PM
Another wow from me. This is so creative design. Somehow reminds me of the Asian string art. So beautiful and thanks so much for sharing the screen shots on how to do it :)

03-28-2013, 12:51 PM
Aunt Betsy, copespeak, coops, Alexandra, Pai ~ thank you for your kind comments! :)

here's another one - I am waiting for the sun ... it's still cold outside, so I made a Sun-Mandala :)
I hope you like it! [click to enlarge]

Waiting for the Sun Mandala


03-28-2013, 07:58 PM
You are really great on the combination of the mandala design patter with colors. When you look at them, it's just so meditating and relaxing too. Beautiful work again. :)

03-29-2013, 02:02 AM
Wow thats brilliant:)

03-31-2013, 11:14 PM
All images are fantastic. Really beautiful work. Congratulations.

04-01-2013, 08:47 AM
How did you made it? Artrage did have only 2-16* symmetrie-painting-axis, you did using also using rotating?! :rolleyes:

I'm so happy, if I get next week or overnext week my computer back.

I more axis supported axis would be nice, maybe like in Krita ... up to 50 as maximum ;)
Also suppporting of 3 Axis once a day ;)

04-01-2013, 08:49 PM
Thaks for sharing your mini tutorial great to see how you went about creating that beautiful mandala, which I think is one of my favs so far :) Having said that I love your sun one too...strong vibrant colours always look stunning on black methinks :)

04-02-2013, 06:59 AM
All excellent stuff!

04-02-2013, 07:30 AM

04-02-2013, 07:40 AM
Pai, coops, Lima, drawing4art, jibes, Alexandra ~ thank you for stopping by :) :)

@ Zeropainter ~ I've already answered your question when you first asked (back in November :D), please see post #12 (http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums/showthread.php?42365-Stickerspray-Mandala-(UPDATE-March-28)&p=427282#post427282) on the first page :)

04-17-2013, 11:42 AM
heya :)

I don't know if this is a mandala or not, but I used AR4 symmetry and of course sticker spray :p

I sliced the image into four pieces because it was very blurry when I tried to upload a smaller version ... :rolleyes:

here it is: Red Gemstones on Turquoise Wood ... I hope you like it!


please let me know if you are able to see the whole image or just parts?
comments and critique welcome as always :)

04-17-2013, 12:06 PM
Just parts, but I want to see it all! Such amazing colours and textures. :cool:

D Akey
04-17-2013, 12:30 PM
heya :)

I don't know if this is a mandala or not, but I used AR4 symmetry and of course sticker spray :p

I sliced the image into four pieces because it was very blurry when I tried to upload a smaller version ... :rolleyes:

here it is: Red Gemstones on Turquoise Wood ... I hope you like it!

please let me know if you are able to see the whole image or just parts?
comments and critique welcome as always :)

It is in separate quarters even when I raised the screen rez to max.

Nice work. Great textures. Styled as if for a Navajo casino. Has a couple of associations for me based on the different things going on. It looks great! Feels like a cross between Navajo jewelry and wild west saloon.

04-17-2013, 02:30 PM
Just catching up on this thread - there are so many wonderful additions since my last visit. GREAT STUFF everyone.:cool::D

04-18-2013, 10:44 AM
I am sorry that the little trick I used to show the whole image in good quality by slicing it into four pieces didn't work for you :confused:
I'm on Windows 8 using Opera Next, and on my own screen it looks like the screenshot below:


anyways, thanks for looking! :)

copespeak ~ I resized the painting, but it doesn't look as good as the original ... see below ;)

D Akey ~ I've never been to America and don't know much about Navajo culture, so your remark made me think that it's interesting to see what we can come up with by using digital tools for creating "art" ... resembling something the creator doesn't even know of, just by playing with the tools :) YAY for our subconsciousness leading our stylus!! :p

byroncallas ~ thanks! but uh .. "GREAT STUFF everyone" ? :cool: ... all those mandalas in this thread were created me ;) although I must admit there are many sides of me hehe

so, here is the blurry pixelated small version, enjoy! :)


04-18-2013, 11:33 AM
A luscious bejeweled cushion! :cool:

04-18-2013, 12:03 PM
i like to see that 4 close up on each corner to see the textures details you created. beautiful creation again :)