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Shine and Sparkle Mini-Mandala Class ~ Student’s works (November 2014)

Shine and Sparkle Mini-Mandala Class ~ Student’s works (November 2014)

Here is some incredible student work from the November Shine and Sparkle Mini- Mandala class.

For the first half of the class, learned how to create little mandalas by combining simple elements.  We worked in with the Metallic Pen and Pencil set, and learned some tricks that bring out the beauty of these metallics.

For the first set, we learned how to build the mandalas with very simple elements and lines.

Metallic Minidala Student Work

Metallic Minidala Student Work

For the second set, we used more complex patterns, with a botanical feel to them

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

Metallic Minidala Student Work, with Floritanglia Elements

During the second part of the class, we worked on a larger scale.We started with a mandala in the middle, adding simple elements.  Then we surrounded the central mandala with new mini-mandalas.  Finally, we thought of ways to integrate the central mandala with the surrounding ones.  The results were beautiful and showed a lot of variety!

 

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

Mandala surrounded by Mandalas

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If you can’t hide it, decorate it

If you can’t hide it, decorate it

I live in a 250 year old house, that has a tendency to peel. The last time it was all peely, I thought it would be neat to have a little tangling party and invite people of like minds and tangle up the peely areas, in the spirit of “if you can hide it, decorate it”. My husband was not on board with that. Now, we will be fixing up and selling our house. During a warm day a few weeks ago, I set to repairing some peeling paint. I guess I forgot to ask my husband’s opinion…..

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

Tangled house

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Thinking about Mandalas

Thinking about Mandalas

I find myself drawn toward mandalas these days. Its easy to construct mandalas by combining simple shapes and patterns along the axes. And, as with other Zentangle Art, you rotate the tile or paper as you repeat the patterns, so that your hand can repeat the same motion pattern each time. This gets you into the “zone”.

What actually IS a mandala?

Freeform Mandala, Color on Lokte

Freeform Mandala, Color on Lokte

 

Mandalas are a timeless masterpiece, rich with traditions and symbolism. Each mandala is unique and conveys different meanings depending on who made it and what philosophies are believed by that individual. Mandalas are generally considered sacred objects with important teachings and a deity given to each one. Found in many different cultures and religions, from Buddhism, Hindu, Celtic, Native Americans, and many more the mandala has become a major symbol throughout history and even today. Yet many people don’t realize the significance or cultural meaning of this mighty symbol.
While the origin of the word mandala is still debated, most people believe it comes from a Sanskrit word meaning circle, and suggesting the etymology of the word itself actually means a container of essence. While the origin if the word is debatable, what is agreed upon is that a mandala is generally a circle with dividing lines separating it into several quadrants. Each quadrant represents a different theme and starts at the center of the circle working outward, generally a deity is depicted at the center of the mandala but it is not unusual for a mandala to be completely geometric.
Meaning of Mandalas

Like Zentangle, mandalas can be strings that are filled with pattern

 

Mandala

Mandala

Mandala strings can be drawn with compasses

Mandala using Compass for String

Mandala using Compass for String

Mandala strings can be drawn freeform

Mandala, Color on Renaissance Tile

Mandala, Color on Renaissance Tile

Mandala strings can be asymmetrical

Freeform Asymmetric Mandala

Freeform Asymmetric Mandala

Mandalas can have color

Freeform Floritanglia Mandala with Color (Forest Floor Collection)

Freeform Floritanglia Mandala with Color (Forest Floor Collection)

Mandalas can be constructed by building shapes and patterns along axes

Metallic Mandala

Metallic Mandala

Metallic Mandala

Metallic Mandala

They can even combine with Celtic Knots.

Metallic Celtic Knot Mandala

Metallic Celtic Knot Mandala

There are so many ways to draw Mandalas!

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