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Artist Spends Hours on Ornate Mandalas Gilded with Gold Leaf


With each piece taking between 8 and 54 hours to complete, artist Asmahan A. Mosleh displays infinite patience and a steady hand in creating her intricate mandalas. Sharing her ornate work and the process behind each piece on Instagram, Mosleh creates her own patterns, building up the finished product in several steps. After tracing the original pencil drawing in ink, the detail work begins. Watercolor or acrylic is used for the bright pops of color, with gold metallic paint adding a final brilliant touch.

Mosleh has a knack for selecting vibrant colors to compliment her intricate designs, and is currently focusing on getting her work into galleries. If the stir the UK-based artist has created online is any indication of interest, we're sure that an exhibition will be snapped up immediately. Her attention to detail and the hypnotic patterning of her work reminds us that while mandalas have a long, spiritual history, they continue to capture attention in contemporary society.

The mandala artist currently has over 130,000 followers on Instagram, where she frequently hosts giveaways.

Much of the brilliant color is acrylic paint accented with gold.


This work in progress image shows a layer of watercolor laid down before she begins the detail work.



Much of the brilliant color is acrylic paint accented with gold.


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Asmahan A. Mosleh: Instagram
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All images via Asmahan A. Mosleh.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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