Each hand-drawn mandala has an complex lacy quality, reminiscent of delicate doilies and fragile paper cutting templates. I do enjoy colouring mandalas from time to time, but usually they have to have a theme for me to be interested in spending a lot of time on them. Lize's work immediately drew me in, despite being that series of repeating patterns I don't usually get on with. Have a look at them here:
The mandalas are so beautifully detailed, giving you hours of colouring time but without ridiculously small spaces that make your eyes cross. At the bottom of each one there is a caption where you can add your name as the colourist, alongside Lize's name as the illustrator.
Lize's books have been piloted in maternity wards in South Africa to calm expectant mothers in labour, and have been fantastically received. It not only relaxes the Mum, but gives the parents a nice keepsake of the birth. Check out this interview explaining the process (most of Lize's interview is in Afrikaans but the first half is in English).
Here's my mandala that took me 3 evenings and a bit of pottering in the days to complete! I used Faber Castell pencils, Sakura Gelly Roll pens, a white blending pencil and metallic gel pens. I used the clear Gelly Roll pen to add an embossed texture to the coins, seen in the second picture.