Mindful Meditative Mandala Madness
yay. mandala WeEK.
Ⓜ️andalas & geometric patterns 🙃 are our themes for Week 5️⃣ of this year’s Index-Card-a-Day Challenge
where our goal is to make 61 cards in 61 days, at the fantastical pace of ONE per DAY!
I'm gaga over mandalas!
They are a nice mash-up of drawing and doodling and maybe some far-fetched version of geometry? Each mandala artist approaches the mandala creation process differently. Some start with a center circle, others with a square or pinwheel. Some artists create detailed compass measured works of geometric art. So there are different styles and types of mandalas. I do find them meditative but not in a woo woo precious sort of way, more in a relaxing-get-your-mind-off-problems-sort-of-way.
My mandala work is free-form without a plan; I like the problem-solving aspect... and not knowing what on earth will happen. Usually [but not always] I'll start with a circle. I do not use a ruler or compass or OUIJA Board to guide the way, folks, just a pen with a consistent ink flow! Each layer stems simply from the last. My approach and go-to designs have evolved and shifted over the years and I love that. Some motifs continue to show up; some have morphed into other things.
I taught several workshops for middle/high schoolers at my daughters' schools in the hopes of sparking or fueling a love of drawing! In teaching mandala art, I include some projects that are collaborative so that the entire class can contribute to a design!
Try drawing a mandala on a daily index card or art card!
Below, a list & examples of the lines made with great drawing pens that I adore: PITT brush nib, PITT XS nib, Uniball Signo 207, Uniball Signo UM-153 [also a fantastic WHITE pen], Sakura Micron 01 or 005, Hi-Tec C, Sakura Pigma BB, Dong-A-Miffy [Jet Pens], Uniball Signo DX. Not pictured: Sakura Gelly Roll [lots of examples in my Gelly Roll Guide]. If you use the Amazon links Daisy Yellow gets a teen % back — thank you very much!