I have progressed from Step 1. Colour in ready-made mandalas on the internet to Step 2. Draw my own.
Super simple, minimal artistic skill required.
If you haven't created a mandala before and you are at all 'drawn' to these creative, meditative circles, please read on and have a go.
This is my first mandala. It's not perfect but it's bright and happy, exactly how I was feeling. The kids were in childcare and my partner was relaxing in another room.
My partner is good at relaxing.
It is usually two parts annoying, one part inspiring.
Last Wednesday I chose to be inspired.
Here are my quick tips to enjoy the experience. I can't wait to learn more so I can share more.
1. Play some relaxing music.
2. Clear the table and have your piece of paper and coloured pencils at hand.
3. Trace a circle around a plate.
4. Perhaps plot a couple of dots/lines to help you stay
symmetrical. The above mandala is a bit wonky and using a compass would be even better. I'll work myself up to that stage. I want to keep it super-simple for starters.
5. Relax and create! Start in the middle and work your way out with colours, shapes and symbols.
6. If you have a problem or an issue that you are worried about, why not let the mandala help your unconscious mind work it out?
If you're feeling good, just enjoy the experience. If you're in need of quality relaxation, really take your time and breathe.
7. After you have finished, spend some time reflecting on your creation. What colours did you use? What symbols came up for you? Are the colours predominantly light or dark? Does your mandala reflect your feelings, either how you felt at the beginning or as you went along? Or perhaps how you would like to feel?
I'm really quite excited to do some more. I enjoyed doodling as a kid and this feels like doodling but with a satisfying and symmetrical end result.
Below is my second attempt, although incomplete at the moment. This time I was creating with Miss 1 who was also drawing at the table while Master 5 was playing in another room. Miss 1 was dressed in her favourite fairy wings and girly bracelets on the day we began and I think the pink and purple were her influence. I added the blue hearts today and I noticed afterwards that she was wearing predominantly blue.
Below is Miss 1's attempt. She enjoys sitting at the table with her basic art supplies as much as her mama. Woweee, I love her so much!
Why don't you have a try?
Love and joy until next time xxx