Upcycling Inspiration // Engraved Mandalas

The advantage of using a computer to make art is that you can achieve the precision of complex designs with ease.  I have not completely decided on my project yet, but I would like to use a laser cuter to do some cuts and engravings on recycled cardboard, wood, or paper.

My first inspiration came from this video, where a complex geometric design is engraved in wood.

Others have taken the idea of laser engraving art and added color to it through “laser cut origami.”  They make little cuts in paper which are then folded to open slits revealing a colored background.  Check it out below.

I think it is likely that I will end up going on something similar to the colored origami route, but combine it with the mandala laser cut idea, combining laser cut cardboard/wood/paper with unused acrylic paints.

I may use this acrylic pouring method to create a background

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  • Davis Robertson
    February 9, 2020 2:48 pm

    Hi Charles,
    This seems like a really cool project and I cant wait to see the outcome! Im curious if you have settled on a design yet, it might be difficult to make it very stable depending on how detailed your design is. But best of luck!

  • Kensue Kiatoukaysy
    February 6, 2020 11:21 pm

    Hey Charles!
    I like the idea of this project! For the laser cutting i’m sure you’re aware but the ITLL offers great laser cutting support so you can definitely cut it there! As for the material itself I think anything used will be able to be colorized by the paint so as long as it’s sturdy enough to carry around it shouldn’t be a problem. I think this is a very cool project and would love to see the outcome.


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