This week I had a go at drawing a mandala, I watched a mesmerising video and decided to have a go. I drew around bowls and plates in ever decreasing circles until my compass would do and then used that to continue the circles until I reached the middle.
There are loads of patterns to either print out or copy on the internet but I decided to just let my pencil go.
I then coloured it in using a restricted palette of 3 pinks and 2 greens, I used brush felt pens. These are water-soluble so I did a bit of watercolour smudging of the colours.
I let it dry and then went over with a black marker to bring out the pattern, not sure if that was a good idea or not.
I have drawn out another couple of circles ready so may have another go when I need to calm a racing brain down.
Mandalas do have meanings but I am not really interested in the religious meaning, I just like them and the idea that just sitting quietly and drawing can be used as therapy.
Wikipedia has this:- A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols with a very different application. In modern, typically American and European use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any circle ornament which can be used as a relaxing tool, for diagnostic or in art therapy.
Well, thanks for reading, I’ll be back next week