As my #30edits project continues, I’m getting more experimental! Last week I was inspired to create a tree mandala as a coloring page, since adult coloring books are all the rage these days.
I created the mandala first and then colored it with an app called Art Set, which allows you to color and paint digitally on a photograph. I am making the blank version available for you to download here. You can either print and color on paper, or import into a coloring app like Art Set or Procreate to color digitally. Either way it’s good fun!
It is actually very easy to create these mandalas in just a few steps from a photograph. If you want to try it, pick a simple, graphic image — something with good lines and edges. Then, follow these steps:
1. Create a high contrast black and white image of your photograph. Snapseed is a great place to start, using the Black and White filter. You might need to run it through the Black and White filter more than once to get the strong black/white contrast you need for this process.
2. Create a line drawing from your photograph, using an app like Sketch Me or a drawing effect in iColorama. You want to pick up the edges of your shape, keeping the center open so there is space to color. Experiment with settings until you get something like this:
3. Use a kaleidoscope effect to reflect the image in slices around a central point, which creates the mandala. I used the Kaleidoscope effect in XnView Photo FX to create this one:
Easier than you thought, huh? Have fun coloring!