Mandala 101

This post is part sharing with you what I learned and part reference in case I forget how to make one.

Supplies: watercolor paper, watercolor paints, pencil, ruler and a compass.You’ll need a bigger brush…

Step 1 square off your paper. In this case it was 9 inches, draw your line. Do not make any other pencil markings at this point. If you draw your lines and circles now you won’t be able to erase them later.

Step 2. Paint your little heart out. There is no rhyme or reason just  remember to use lots of water so the colors blend.

Step 3. Let dry completely

Step 4. Find your center. A regular ruler wasn’t large enough for the 9×9 square but I had a see thru quilting ruler that did the trick.

Step 5. Measure up from the bottom of the page to the center and draw a line.Turn the paper and do this step again on the other side.

Step 6. Draw your circles. This first one was a refresher and I went a little crazy with the circles.This one was better and more evenly spaced.

Step 7. Start filling in the space. Here is the original one I did in class.

You make your designs in pencil and then go back over them with a black permanent marker. If there are any pencil lines that you no longer need you can erase them. You can save the ends and make bookmarks if you are feeling overly ambitious.

I did not complete one today and that’s okay. My goal was to use up the whole notebook, which I did and now I have twelve mandalas ready to go. For me, everything I did today was just the technical part. The meditation comes in the last step of filling in. Now when the mood strikes me, I can pick a page and start my moving meditation. It’s pretty easy peasy once you break down the steps.

This was my treat to myself for working so hard yesterday. It was nice to have a space where I could lay everything out, make a mess, and let it dry. Some days you have to do something for just you….Zia

About dragonflyzia

I am just a woman finally accepting that I was never meant to be in the box. I don't fit into any stereotypes, please don't try and label me, that doesn't work either. I am embracing my uniqueness in ways that are new and challenging to me, so that I may continue to grow and never stop learning.
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