Delicious Meditation: Vegan Mandala Cakes by Chef Stephen McCarty

In a meditation on beauty and impermanence, Buddhist monks spend days creating intricate sand mandalas that will be wiped away once completed. Chef Stephen McCarty does that with cakes. His artful creations, made under the name Sukhavati Raw Desserts, are made from vegan ingredients and decorated with exquisite hand-drawn mandalas that like their ancient counterparts will be gone within days. These, of course, will be joyously eaten.

Dots of Paint Transform Ordinary Stones into Beautiful Mandalas

Australian artist Elspeth McLean loves color and detail, infusing it into all her works, large and small. Using a painting style inspired by ancient and traditional art, one she describes as “Dotillism,” she uses acrylic paint and a paintbrush to create intricate patterns of intense colors. Here we bring you some of her smallest works – round ocean stones transformed into beautiful handfuls of art. She calls them ‘Mandala Stones.’

Artist Transforms Foraged Materials From Nature Hikes Into 3D Mosaic Mandalas

In June of this year, Matt W. Moore participated in an artist residency with SUMMIT in Eden, Utah. He was inspired to take “full advantage of the sunshine and wilderness and develop a series that would allow [him] to explore the beauty of Utah, create work with [his] hands, and celebrate the native color palette of the landscape.” On his daily hikes through the mountains and valley, Moore foraged for native elements and allowed his findings to inspire his project. From shale, river pebbles and stones, to dead branches, bark, and dried grasses among other elements of nature, he created geometric mandala grids. Carefully aligning the materials, he described the process as “kinda like painting with mother nature’s paintbrush.”

An Intricate Skeleton Illustration From Start to Finish

We first introduced you to Jake Lockett when we shared his progression as an artist from age 2 through 24 and now we zoom in for the progression of a single piece. Lockett created this skeleton illustration for the band Cotidal and the timelapse video below will be incorporated into the music video he is making for them. It’s amazing to see the piece go from bare bones to the intricacy we see when the work is complete. Lockett shows serious skills in the making of this illustration.

Beautiful Cut Paper Looks Like 3D Stained Glass

Looking like 3D versions of stained glass windows or ancient mandalas, these insanely intricate paper-cut sculptures use hundreds of layers of paper to build up their peacefully meditative forms. Each piece looks as if it was carved into a single block of multi-colored paper strata, revealing complex repeating geometric patterns buried in its depths. Even more interesting, not only do these works have depth, but also bands or bridges of paper floating over the carved away sections below. What results are overlapping, interwoven patterns that draw one in to explore what lies underneath.

A Modern Take on Ancient Art

Looking like modern day mandalas and taking just as long to create, UK based artist Jake Lockett is the creator of these large and insanely detailed pieces. Exploring his works closely, figures, faces and eyes pop appear, giving the repeating patterns far more personality than their ancient counterparts. Lockett is currently accepting commissions for custom work while he makes progress on an upcoming animation (you can see tests for it at the bottom of this post). Head by his website jake-lockett.com for more of his illustration work, his tumblr blog, or see his newly created blog for frequent updates on the progress of his animation

Beautiful & Complex Labyrinths Drawn With Salt


With hundreds of hours of patience and thousands of pounds of salt, Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto draws vast mazes on smooth floors. Like painting with an hourglass, he lets salt flow from a plastic bottle normally used for machine oil, slowly drawing what he calls his “Labyrinths.”