FAQs

 
 

Copyright & Patterns

Although Otauna’s patterns are under copyright, there have been a number of instances of misuse of our patterns. The information here has been compiled to inform our community of what is and is not permitted. Adhering to copyright laws is important and in turn supports Otauna’s mission of connecting humanity dot by dot. Thank you for your support.

+ WHAT AM I ALLOWED TO DO WITH THE PATTERN I PURCHASED?

If you purchased a digital pattern, you are allowed to keep a copy on your personal device. You can view it from your device and/or print a copy for you to view as you follow the pattern.

For any pattern you purchase, digital or in print form, you are permitted to:

  • Create as many dot mandalas as you’d like following the pattern.

  • Gift your dot mandalas that you created following the pattern.

  • Sell your dot mandalas that you created following the pattern. When gifting or selling, if you feel to attribute your work to Otauna’s pattern, that would be wonderful and support our mission. You may also feel to purchase gift tags to accompany your mandala to spread the message of Otauna.

+ WHAT AM I NOT ALLOWED TO DO WITH THE PATTERN I PURCHASED?

You are not permitted to do any of the following:

  • Email a digital pattern to someone else.
  • Print a copy for anyone other than yourself.
  • Sell copies of the pattern.

  • Give away copies of the pattern.

  • Teach the pattern to someone else, unless you have paid for rights to do so.

+ I RECEIVED FREE PATTERNS FROM OTAUNA AFTER SIGNING UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER. MAY I GIVE THESE PATTERNS TO OTHER PEOPLE?

No. All of the above rules apply to the free patterns. Although money was not involved, these patterns are sent only to people in exchange for signing up for our newsletter.

+ CAN I PAY TO USE A PATTERN SO I CAN TEACH A GROUP?

Yes. Visit our shop section to pay for the rights to do so.


Tools

+ I am a beginner. What tool set do I start with?

We recommend starting with our set of 7 dotting tools. After a bit of practice, you can move on to also work with the set of 8 dotting tools too.

+ How do I care for my dotting tools?

Make sure to wipe wet paint thoroughly off your tools between uses. Twist the wet tool inside of a paper towel to achieve this.

If wet paint is not removed, it can dry and build up. To remove this, lightly sand the dotting tool.

+ Will the set of 9 dotting tools be available for purchase again?

Our set of 9 dotting tools were an important part in the evolution of Otauna. If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact us at info@otauna.com.

+ Does the set of 9 dotting tools partner with the Otauna pattern system?

The sizes in the set of 9 dotting tools are somewhat different than what partners with the pattern system. This is because of the materials available to hand make our set of 9 dotting tools. Some folks try our patterns with the set of 9 with some success. Others find it just doesn't work for them.

If you want to give a pattern a go with your set of 9 dotting tools, your best bet is to do the following:

  • Take out the third largest
  • Take out the second smallest With the seven remaining tools, the largest is number 1, the second largest is number 2, and so on.

Paint

+ WHAT PAINT SHOULD I USE?

The type of paint, such as acrylic, latex, and so on doesn’t matter. Neither does the brand of paint. Success with using our dotting tools and patterns depends on the consistency of paint. If the paint is too thin, it is difficult to create the same size dot with a tool. If the paint is too thick, a more blob-like shape is formed rather than a crisp dot.

We often use matte finish CraftSmart paint in our events.

+ ARE THE COLOURS LISTED IN THE PATTERNS FROM A SPECIFIC BRAND OF PAINT?

Our instructions are written with the intention for everyone, no matter what brand of paint they are working with, to find success. Many times the colours listed in our patterns are the same as the name used in the brand we design with most often, CraftSmart. However, there are times when we opt to write more general names for paint colours if we feel it will direct our global community more effectively.

+ HOW DO I QUICKLY DRY DOTS?

A hair dryer can be used to speed up the drying process. Be aware, however, that this often results in cracking the paint. This may not be a concern for the bottom layer of dots since they will be covered up in the second and third layers.

+ HOW DO I KEEP MY PAINT MOIST BETWEEN DOTTING SESSIONS?

Tightly seal your paint palette with a cover or plastic wrap. Before covering, lay a moist piece of paper towel over the tray. You may need to re-moisten the paper towel depending on how much time elapses between your dotting sessions.

+ HOW DO I SUCCESSFULLY MIX PAINT COLOURS?

Here are some paint colour mixing tips:

  • Search the internet for a paint colour mixing guide.

  • When you create a colour, mix plenty so you have enough of the shade for your project.

  • Keep notes on your colour mixing so you can recreate favourites in the future.


Pattern Process

+ HOW DO I PICK A PATTERN THAT WILL FIT ON OTAUNA’S DOTTING DISCS?

Our dotting discs have holes drilled in them so they can be turned into a wall hanging, etc. If you wish to avoid dotting into the hole, select a pattern that is about 1” smaller than the dotting disc.

+ DO I HAVE TO ALWAYS USE THE TOOL SIZES LISTED IN THE PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS?

The pattern instructions are a guide. It is typical that within each pattern there are a couple steps where the user may need a different tool size. Modify depending on what’s happening in your piece.

+ WHEN CAN I APPLY THE SECOND LAYER OF DOTS?

Once the bottom layer of dots is dry, you can apply the second layer.


Protecting Your Mandala

+ HOW DO I PROTECT MY MANDALA DOTTED ON A ROCK OR OTHER SURFACE?

There are a number of protective sprays available in craft and home improvement stores. Talk to someone at your local store to see what they have available.