Following Irene’s lead and investigating what my “Tomoto Worm” would eventually turn into . . . I met my first “Hawk Moth”. I perused them online and read about their uniqueness. This rather gorgeous, powerfully designed and brilliantly camouflaged, this moth does have a voracious appetite causing havoc in gardens. But what is unusual about them is that they are one of three creatures (hummingbirds, bats and sphingids) which can “swing-hover” in flight. They can also fly up to 30mph and are know to be star pollinators (hopefully somewhat redeeming them from their damaging garden legacy). I was in love!
The Hawk Moth had to be added to my Animal Mandala journal page. I would include their visual impact and yet, needed to depict the fleetness in flight.
So I envisioned suspending my “Hawk Moth” hovering around/above the “Tomato Worm” image in a light fabric. I’d done some experimentation with Jacquard’s Printable
Silk (also comes in Cotton Percale). I found a fully outstretched image beautifully depicted, replicated it and printed it twice (once reversed horizontally). I did some color augmentation/alteration with paint, glued together the two images (back to back) with Matte Medium (running this “Flair” thread/ribbon sandwiched in between, to use attaching to the frame edge).
The frame I created out of floral wire (used to poke into support in floral arrangements). I used a large wooden spoon around which to shape the oval and then wrapped the external Flair thread using “Yes” Glue, to attach the Hawk Moth to the frame. I feel the thread ended up being a bit bulky but overall I’m pleased with my “hoovering” effect.
Other items I added to the page detail continued the story. I edited and summarized the info on the Tomato Worm and Hawk Moth using it in tiny text to create a framework around the mandala circle. Then, in wanting to note the beautiful yellow rumped bird we saw outside our lunch window earlier that day, I painted in the “Yellow Rumped Warbler” our Park Ranger participant had identified for us. Isn’t he just adorable?
So finally, the completed “Animal Mandala” journal entry! Whellah!